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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,073 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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When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo—an unhatched dragon’s egg—Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces.

Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands—and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East—a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A terrifically entertaining fantasy novel. Is it hard to imagine a cross between Susanna Clarke, of Norrell and Strange fame, and the late Patrick O’Brian? Not if you’ve read this wonderful, arresting novel.”

    Stephen King

  • “Delightful… A story rich with international, interpersonal, and internal struggles.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Throne of Jade, the second novel in the Temeraire series, is certainly Novik’s best yet. Every thrilling turn will keep readers under Temeraire’s spell. Each close shave with betrayal will have them jumping out of their seats with suspense.”


  • “Novik won me over with her first novel. The combination of history, sympathetic characters, and an engaging style makes this series great, intelligent fun.”

    The Times (London)

  • “Plenty of intrigue, swordplay, exotic locations, plausible invention. In short a treat”

    The Telegraph

  • Winner of the 2007 Locus Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandi | 2/10/2014

    " While not quite as good as the first book in the series this was a pretty entertaining listen. Not as much action but more intrigue and diplomacy. Simon Vance, as always, did a wonderful job with the narration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adriel | 2/2/2014

    " Love this series. It's amazing how the idea of having dragons used for the arial combat during the Napoleon Wars not only works well, but is really good reading. It does help that the dragons are such lovable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julianna | 1/28/2014

    " It was not as good as His Majesty's Dragon. Too much politics. Too long to set the scene. It did not get interesting until, section 3, the last part of the book. The Chinese Dragon society and setting were too little too late. The "whodunit" part of the book fell flat. The chance for recapturing the reader was lost when the author skimmed over Temeraire's first case of "puppy" er..dragon love. If the next book is not vastly better I will not continue with this series. I can not recommend this book. The first book, His Majesty's Dragon, was wonderful and I highly recommend it. This was disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 1/28/2014

    " A good dragon science fiction series. Incorporating the English - French war, with dragons as weapons. "

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