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 21st-century classic. From the first volume, His Majesty's Dragon, listeners 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.
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Setting Up for the Grand Finale
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What on earth was she thinking?
Amnesia? Really? I was ready to roll with it. But after a couple of chapters of it I was done with it. There is nothing new about the style of the amnesia and it feels like a device, almost from the outset, to create drama for drama's sake. It seemed awfully convenient that Lawrence just happened to forget everything just up to the time he met Temeraire and became an aviator. Poppycock, it was just too blaringly obvious. I found myself struggling through part 2 of the book.
The final third of the book was by far the best
Not on the whole, but I do love the last part.
Just stay away from Amnesia people. It's just so stale of a literary device and is dreadfully hard to pull off with any class. Naomi Novik, you're better than this.
- ERICK "Hayden729"