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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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