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3.00014530754944 out of 53.00014530754944 out of 53.00014530754944 out of 53.00014530754944 out of 53.00014530754944 out of 5 3.00 (9,153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Novik Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temeraire Series Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781415940211
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After their fateful adventure in China, Captain Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn, thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master's death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte's implacable army?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Novik’s magical eighteenth century, peopled with sympathetic characters, induces avid reading. Long may she write!”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A splendid series.”

    Anne McCaffrey, author of the Dragonriders of Penn series

  • “Naomi Novik has done for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for science fiction: constructed an alternate reality in which dragons are real in a saga that is impressively original, fully developed, and peopled with characters you care about.”

    David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington series

  • Winner of the 2007 Locus Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caralee | 2/13/2014

    " The next installment of the Temeraire series! Temeraire and Lawrence and the rest of their crew face a new danger - they have been given orders to pick up some dragon eggs, requiring an unexpected across-land journey that ends up leading them right to Napoleon's battlefield. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonny | 2/13/2014

    " This is the 3rd book in the Temeraire series. Most of my comments are with "His Majesty's Dragon." This one moved a bit slowly, but it was still entertaining and the last part of the book was a lot of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lady Knight | 2/7/2014

    " While I still definitely think that Naomi Novik is a great story-teller, I have to agree with some of the other reviewers: this is definitely not her strongest effort. While in theory a lot takes place due to the amount of locations presented, not a lot 'actually' happens as far as character growth. The whole novel is spent more or less rushing from one location to the next whether in pursuit of Turkish dragon eggs, fending off Napoleon with the Prussians, or high-tailing it out of some situation. The series as a whole is still great, but this particular volume isn't quite up to par. I guess we will see as regards the following books. I have great faith that they get better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 2/2/2014

    " A good third chapter to this series. We see Temeraire and Laurence called to Turkey to retrieve dragon eggs promised to the British Empire, but things aren't going as planned. And after a daring adventure to claim the eggs for Britain, they find themselves right at the frontlines of a battle between Prussia and Napoleon's forces. The introduction of several new characters, both human and dragon, plus the solidification of Lien from the previous book as the series primary villain (aside from Napoleon himself, who has a short but memorable cameo) are welcome developments, and the battle scenes are memorable. My only concerns: the wrap up is a bit abrupt, and Temeraire sees the blazingly obvious solution that the humans fail to see a couple of times too many. Just a couple. I'm also starting to wonder how the portrayal of dragons as obviously intelligent is going to work with humans knowing so little of them without making humans stupid to the point of stretching my suspension of disbelief. Still, I look forward to the next installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Dinnison | 1/26/2014

    " This one was somewhat transitional to the overall story arc, but still interesting in that they land right in the middle of the Napoleonic Wars on the Continent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 1/25/2014

    " This one got a little tedious in places, especially their travels from China to Turkey and then up through Prussia. That said, I really enjoy the series, so it was still fun traveling with Will and Temeraire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/20/2014

    " 3rd book in this series and it's a good one! Historical fantasy I would call it, or history with dragons thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will M | 1/20/2014

    " Black Powder War, the third book in the Temeraire series, was not quite as well written as His Majesty's Dragon or Throne of Jade (the two earlier books in the series). Although Black Powder War was very well action-packed, the essence of the story did not bring as much dynamic to the series other then the loss of Prussia and the fight for London (in the next book). Certainly a good read though, and I would recommend it to anyone continuing the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Telenn | 1/1/2014

    " Book 2 had some slow parts, but this one has even more. Instanbul was not that interesting and it was a bit annoying to see them end up in a Prussian camp. But I am curious how this will continue anyway "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Ryser | 12/15/2013

    " Continuing the adventures of Temeraire and Laurence, this book feels a bit like a bridge between larger stories, but was fast and thrilling all the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 StrykeSkilgannon Al'Thor-Snow | 12/13/2013

    " Not bad. Dragons were a little goody goody, some reasonable intrigue to perk things up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 12/8/2013

    " Once again. It was good, but with the "F" word making its appearance again I think I will stop reading this series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee Green | 11/14/2013

    " A pretty good book, but had some lulls in the middle and didn't seem to have much of a plot. I do like how although this is the third book, each one has been different from the previous ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 10/13/2013

    " a mixture of fantasy and history, dragons used as air force in the Napoleonic expansion. Great dynamics with them going to china and seeing nearly the entire world during that time. It leaves you hanging though waiting to find out if they survive their last leg of the race home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 8/10/2013

    " This wasn't as nuanced and interesting as the first two, but still thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca R.G. | 12/12/2012

    " I enjoy this series, but its awkward main character doesn't do much for it. I'd rather see more of Temeraire v. the British government, and less of Lawrence telling him to shut up and do his duty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 8/13/2012

    " I feel like there's more badass dragon-ry in this one, which is all to the good. I'm also really looking forward to the philosophical/political issues surrounding dragons in British society coming to a head - the conceit of Temeraire as gradually disenchanted naif works well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ubalstecha | 7/20/2012

    " Not as good as the first two, but still a rollicking good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Strahd | 5/6/2012

    " The whole series is very slow-paced. with few action scenes to keep up interest. If i hadn't purchased the first 3 books as a boxed set, I never would have read the 2nd o 3rd. However this 3rd book was much better paced and I enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nickolas | 12/30/2011

    " Sort of slow in some parts put over all ok bood "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeane | 8/18/2011

    " Loved it! I was a little worried after the last book's slowing down towards the end that these books would start to lose their edge, but this book was entertaining and exciting pretty much the whole way through! Not to mention meeting some very interesting new characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 6/21/2011

    " I didn't like this one as much as the first and second, or as much as I'm liking the 4th. Too many battles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/21/2011

    " I do not care for Napoleon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/9/2011

    " The third book in the Temeraire series does not disappoint. Temeraire's adventure involves the collection of three dragon eggs from the Netherlands, where he needs to get to from China. It is a thrilling journey with high stakes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jolanda Ellen | 4/13/2011

    " Too bad it ended with a too happy ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " good beginning and end with tedious slog through infantry war in the middle "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 3/24/2011

    " Gets depressing towards the end but still very enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/8/2011

    " Makes me want to go to Istanbul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erastes | 2/23/2011

    " For me it's the best of the series. Temeraire is on fire in this one, funny,innocent, outraged and endlessly entertaining. The best lines were the ones relating to what he was doing in the stream! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/22/2011

    " I didn't like this one as much as the first and second, or as much as I'm liking the 4th. Too many battles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 1/20/2011

    " This was as good as the first book in the series, and was filled with adventures and action. It was hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 1/16/2011

    " Loved it! This went from peril to peril in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat. The alternative history of Napoleon's campaign on Russia is a fascinating. And the end was such a cliffhanger! I went out the very next day and bought the next two books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qing | 1/14/2011

    " Temeraire's so naively cute and Laurence's still so staid.^^^^Well-paced... hmmm made me wonder how closely Novik followed our course of history during that period (but been too lazy to really follow up on the passing curiosity). "

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About the Author
Author Naomi NovikNaomi Novik is the acclaimed author of His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, and Blood of Tyrants, the first eight volumes of the Temeraire series. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?
 
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
 
She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.
About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.