League of Dragons

League of Dragons

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"With the acclaimed Temeraire novels, New York Times bestselling author Naomi Novik has created a fantasy series like no other, combining the high-flying appeal of Anne McCaffrey's Pern saga and the swashbuckling derring-do of Patrick O'Brian's historical seafaring adventures. Now, with League of Dragons, Novik brings the imaginative tour de force that has captivated millions to an unforgettable finish. Napoleon's invasion of Russia has been roundly thwarted. But even as Capt. William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the retreating enemy through an unforgiving winter, Napoleon is raising a new force, and he'll soon have enough men and dragons to resume the offensive. While the emperor regroups, the allies have an opportunity to strike first and defeat him once and for all--if internal struggles and petty squabbles don't tear them apart. Aware of his weakened position, Napoleon has promised the dragons of every country--and the ferals, loyal only to themselves--vast new rights and powers if they fight under his banner. It is an offer eagerly embraced from Asia to Africa--and even by England, whose dragons have long rankled at their disrespectful treatment. But Laurence and his faithful dragon soon discover that the wily Napoleon has one more gambit at the ready--one that that may win him the war, and the world. Praise for Naomi Novik and her Novels of Temeraire "Novik's influences run the gamut from Jane Austen to Patrick O'Brian, with a side trip through Anne McCaffrey. Her books are completely involving and probably addictive, their central conceit explored in clever detail with a great deal of wit and historical insight."--San Francisco Chronicle "These are beautifully written novels: not only fresh, original, and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart."--Peter Jackson "A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy."--Entertainment Weekly "A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon."--The New York Times "A glorious series whose future status as a genre classic is now assured."--SF Reviews "If you've never read these novels, now is the time to start."--io9 "Enthralling reading."--Time"--
"The final adventure in the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series. The deadly campaign in Russia has cost both Napoleon and those allied against him. Napoleon has been denied his victory...but at a terrible price. Lawrence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the fleeing French army back west, but are demoralized when Napoleon makes it back to Paris unscathed. Worse, they soon learn that the French have stolen Termeraire and Iskierka's egg. Now, it is do or die, as our heroes not only need to save Temeraire's offspring but also to stop Napoleon for good!"--
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780345522924
Characteristics: 380 pages : map ; 25 cm.


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Nov 18, 2016

As the final book of this series, it has been wonderful to see the progression of the characters and the fascinating 'what if' of another world where history is almost the same but not quite because of dragons. My only quibble is that though the story goes into a great deal of detail about the circumstances and battles waged earlier on, the final, most important, battle, and it's consequences to the lives of the main characters is given very few pages, indeed. It almost seems like the writer perhaps realized that the book was getting long and wanted to wrap it up as quickly as possible.
Still a good and enjoyable read though it didn't tie everything up neatly with a bow.

Jul 13, 2016

I usually devour Temeraire books, but after reading only a few pages at a time, I kept putting this down. I just didn't want the story to end! It felt to me that I was losing two very dear friends to time and circumstance and will never hear from them again. HOWEVER, This is the best ending to a series I have ever read. Rather than loss, I felt hope and a sense that in Lawrence's reality the world was very assuredly going to be a much better place. Novik is a genius. Series must be read in order!


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