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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,097 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: 9780739354162
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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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy Maitz | 2/13/2014

    " Good progress even if it was little bit passive comparison to first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 your favourite half-light | 1/31/2014

    " Faster paced than its predecessor and less caught up in relatively inaccessible naval jargon. More engaging overall. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/27/2014

    " I find this series fascinting, it's an alternate history in which dragons are incorporated into the world, and the military force that the British are using to fight off Napoleon. In this particular book takes place in China where dragons are integrated into every aspect of society. It's a fun, what if. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 1/16/2014

    " A very slow read. Not one of my fav's in this set. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominic | 1/14/2014

    " I also loved this one of the series( I pretty much loved all the ones I've read so far). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/11/2014

    " Not as good as first. Slow start, finished well if not abruptly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Knitography | 1/6/2014

    " I think I'd rather give this one 3.5 stars because it had some annoying little plot gaps. Since I still enjoyed it and still want to read the next book in the series, I'll err on the side of 4 stars rather than 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/27/2013

    " Not just a bilingual dragon - a TRIlingual dragon who is also literate - and an enjoyable continuation of Book One as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul Wadehra | 12/18/2013

    " Not nearly as good as the first one. Boring in many parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pancha | 12/16/2013

    " The world continues unfolding as Lawrence travels to China with Tremeraire. Not only is he surprised by Chinese human customs, he is also confronted by the different treatment of dragons. His own assumptions about dragons continue to be tested as he strives to do the best for Tremeraire and Britain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty Hopper | 12/1/2013

    " Book 2 of the Temeraire series. I want a dragon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Wallace | 11/25/2013

    " I really enjoy the massive attention to detail in this series, both historical and fantasy. Dragons haven't seemed this real since I first read Anne McCaffrey and longed for a firelizard of my own. "

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

    " More descriptive than the first book, but well-written and therefore never boring. I really like her style of writing... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 11/24/2013

    " Took them fucking forever to get to China in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca R.G. | 11/6/2013

    " This is a lot of fun. I'm failing at finding much substance, and also failing to care that there isn't much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 10/24/2013

    " Read to recover from Midnight's Children. Fun, but not as good as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Lewis | 5/29/2013

    " It was good-- and certainly ended with a bang. It revitalized my interest in a series I suspected I might be done with. Well played, Novik. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/8/2013

    " A little weird that the British military would just blithely let a weapon of mass destruction go during the Napoleonic wars, but whatever. I still enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/19/2012

    " I like this series because it's an easy read and combines something of the Jane Austen era with cool dragon stuff. The hero does have a tendency to black out just as the battle is getting extremely tense, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/7/2012

    " 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 Rachel C. | 3/22/2012

    " Temeraire and Laurence in China. Props to the author for a nuanced and inoffensive depiction of 19th century China. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anki | 12/27/2011

    " This novel continues the story that began in His Majesty's Dragon, and does so without feeling like the same exact story. I enjoyed learning more about Temeraire's origins (and about the dragons in general). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmanuel | 12/27/2011

    " Interesting expansion into Chinese imperial history. Seemed a narrow slice of the entire culture, but to be expected in limited story space. "

  • 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

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.