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3.00018060321474 out of 53.00018060321474 out of 53.00018060321474 out of 53.00018060321474 out of 53.00018060321474 out of 5 3.00 (11,074 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: July 2007 ISBN: 9781415940181
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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.”

    VOYA

  • “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 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 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 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 Kevin | 1/28/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jain | 1/22/2014

    " A nice continuation of a pleasurable and involving series. I particularly liked seeing Temeraire grow intellectually and watching him grapple with sociopolitical issues such as the role of dragons in society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 12/30/2013

    " Not as good as the first book of the series, but a perfectly serviceable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DMS | 12/28/2013

    " Not quite as fun as the first one, but definitely left me wanting to read the third. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy C.C. Hsiao | 11/28/2013

    " So boring, and the Chinese in the novel are so surreal. Never managed to finish even half of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 11/26/2013

    " Second in the Temeraire series and another good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erikamayers | 11/18/2013

    " I really enjoy Novik's writing and she includes some surprises in this book in addition to some ideas that will further the series. The relationships are endearing, though I love the character set up of the first book. Will definitely continue this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 3/5/2013

    " It was short and fast. The story flowed very easily. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh Meares | 12/28/2012

    " While not quite as action packed as the first novel, this one was more character driven. I really liked the development of Temeraire, and only wish that Laurence would show a little stinking adaptability! At least pride should make him try to keep up with his friend's educational achievements. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 9/22/2012

    " Loved this continuation of the Temeraire series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Clitheroe | 7/31/2012

    " I liked His Majesty's Dragon better, but Throne of Jade continues the story nicely. I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden | 10/10/2011

    " a little less interesting than the first and lots of lying or not telling the whole truth "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/23/2011

    " Enjoyed it, but not as much as the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 7/4/2011

    " Not as good as the first in the series but still a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Cooper | 6/4/2011

    " Another great dragon book... more fascinating, yet nail biting than the last one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 5/14/2011

    " Just as good as the first book. It is hard not to love Temeraire! These books are quick reads that let you get caught up in a whole different world - I love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/8/2011

    " The second book of the Temeraire series takes our Draconian (dragonian?) protagonist on a trip to China ... Fun times are not had by all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/25/2011

    " How does she do it? What a genius. "

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

    " The 2nd Temeraire book continues the saga with a long trip to China. Still a page turner like the first book. There was one F-word surprisingly, other than that it was appropriate for all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 3/28/2011

    " I liked this better than the first one, mainly because of the awkwardness of diplomacy -- especially when you add dragons.

    But I'm not in a reviewing mood right now. I'll just say that I wanted to give it 3.5 stars. The series is working its way up there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 3/27/2011

    " Another excellent alternate history following on from His Majesty's Dragon. "

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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 fifty-eight 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.