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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,185 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Naomi Novik Narrator: David Thorn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temeraire Series Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9780739354186
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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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/28/2014

    " I quite enjoyed this. I liked His Majesty's Dragon, although I was less fond of the Throne of Jade. This is the third book in the series, and contains fun bits with the Ottoman Empire, Prussia, and (of course) the war against Napaleon. I would definitely recommend it if you liked His Majesty's Dragon. If you haven't yet read it, start with that book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 1/25/2014

    " My least-favorite of the Temeraire books I've read. Don't really know why. I liked the portions set in Turkey and Iskierka is hilarious but other than that, the story never really grabbed me. Still worth reading though, if for no other reason than to advance the series. There are things in this book that you sort of need to know before going on to Empire of Ivory.l "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viperus | 1/12/2014

    " While the book is a pretty good read, it seems like Naomi Novik is stalling, hoping to publish more books then she should. I dont mind reading slow-paced books, but I feel the author could have done more in 300 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Dinnison | 12/10/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 e | 12/7/2013

    " i bogged after this one. light reading that i was doing after little/middle days, but enough for now. and it's not a kindle edition, it's a nook, but they don't have that listed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/25/2013

    " Temeraire and Laurence leave China to shepherd some dragon eggs home. Holy moly, this was long. I liked a lot of it, but I also was bored to pieces by some of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth | 9/8/2013

    " c2006. Not for me even though it has a whole glut of dragons! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelli | 6/4/2013

    " I love hearing about the characters, but there was too much detail and gore about different battles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erastes | 2/16/2013

    " 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 Debb | 1/5/2013

    " Continuing saga. Sometimes men and their honor are just as incomprehensible to me as to the dragons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 8/15/2012

    " another great adventure in the series. I'm stretching out the series over time, reading lots of other stuff in between, in order to savor it. and every time I come back to it I'm delighted and a little surprised how entertaining and well written these books are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Chandler | 6/27/2012

    " Once again, more excitement, amazing settings and the wondrousness that is the dragon Temeraire. Unfortunately for me the second half is European politics, battles, and more battles. I prefer the cultural and personality aspects of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Newland | 4/5/2012

    " More Napoleonic Dragons. See review from book 1 of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 vorbore | 3/31/2012

    " Too much war operations' descriptions for my liking. It got interesting later, but too much later, when the end of the book was already too close. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Knitography | 12/10/2011

    " I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could; it was entertaining by some of the sections dragged on too long and smacked of filler. Still looking forward to the next one though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Morgan | 7/15/2011

    " I want my own dragon. "

  • 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. "

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About the Author
Author Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of several novels and series. In 2007 Novik received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the World Science Fiction Convention. A history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era, she studied English literature at Brown University, did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University, and participated in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?, and she lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

About the Narrator

David Thorn spent his childhood in the Channel Islands off the coast of France, was schooled in England, and then immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty-three. He is retired from international commerce and currently resides in California.