Blood of Tyrants

Blood of Tyrants

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Naomi Novik's beloved Temeraire series, a brilliant combination of fantasy and history that reimagines the Napoleonic wars as fought with the aid of intelligent dragons, is a twenty-first-century classic. From the first volume, His Majesty's Dragon, readers have been entranced by the globe-spanning adventures of the resolute Capt. William Laurence and his brave but impulsive dragon, Temeraire. Now, in Blood of Tyrants, the penultimate volume of the series, Novik is at the very height of her powers as she brings her story to its widest, most colorful canvas yet.

Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England's already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark--a spark that Laurence and Temeraire may unwittingly provide, leaving Britain faced with new enemies just when they most desperately need allies instead.

For to the west, another, wider conflagration looms. Napoleon has turned on his former ally, the emperor Alexander of Russia, and is even now leading the largest army the world has ever seen to add that country to his list of conquests. It is there, outside the gates of Moscow, that a reunited Laurence and Temeraire--along with some unexpected allies and old friends--will face their ultimate challenge . . . and learn whether or not there are stronger ties than memory.

Praise for Blood of Tyrants
 
"A first-class entry in a remarkable and appealing series." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Novik's plots and characterizations get more intricate and plausible with each novel. . . . Novik's re-creation of much of world history based on the existence of intelligent dragons has been so well crafted that all eight books in the series are highly recommended." -- Booklist (starred review)
 
"Novik combines dragons . . . with period history to achieve a brilliantly realized re-creation of military history laced with the fantastic. . . . Well-crafted." -- Library Journal

"If you've never read these novels, now is the time to start." --io9
 
"A fun, action-packed read." --San Antonio Express-News
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345522894
Branch Call Number: SF NOV
Characteristics: 431 p. :,map ;,25 cm

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Falcolf
Aug 06, 2014

I really liked this book and I was kept reading by wanting to know whether Laurance would get his memory back. When he did (spoiler) I was overjoyed and the rest of it was good ol' Temeraire series military action. I'm looking forwards to the next (last?) one in the series. :)

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Ferrous1
Jan 05, 2014

While I have loved the series, and this book has some very good parts, on the whole I found it disappointing. Characters that were previously important have just kind of disappeared, the flow was choppy, and I just couldn't get into it like I had with previous books.
Still worth a read if you're following the series but, personally, I'm hoping for a much better final work.

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zenner
Nov 02, 2013

The first three books in this series were brilliant; after that, despite good patches, things went to hell in a handbasket. This particular book I tried to read twice. No sale.

hgeng63 Sep 18, 2013

A little disappointing to me because there were too many military tactics & not enough byplay between the characters.

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