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Publisher's Summary

Tragedy has struck His Majesty's Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England's shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons' ranks, forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now, only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected; they stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France's ever-bolder sorties. Bonaparte's dragons are already harrowing Britain's ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission, there is no time to waste - and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line.
Dragon tales: don't miss the rest of the Temeraire series.
©2007 Naomi Novik (P)2007 Books on Tape
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"Engrossing." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 10-27-07

Great Series

I stumbled on the first book, His Majesty’s Dragon, and was somewhat skeptical about the premise of the series. After finishing the first book I quickly devoured the next three books and I can’t wait for the next. These books are well written and a joy to listen too. If you enjoy well written fantasy book, I guarantee you’ll enjoy this series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie on 07-26-10

Slow start, then gets awesome

I have to say, I figured out what the McGuffin was really early, and then had to wait and wait for Laurence to figure it out, too. That was annoying.

But, once they got going, Africa is her best world yet, and their desperate search for said McGuffin is exciting, their plight afterwards is cool, the British Government thoroughly despicable and Laurence's patriotism and Christianity conflict in a way that is totally in line with his character, creating very real tension and no sense of "manufacture" that most series have by this point.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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