Empire of Ivory

Empire of Ivory

Audiobook CD - 2007 | Library ed.
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Tragedy has struck His Majesty's Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England's shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons' ranks. Bonaparte's dragons are already harrowing Britain's ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2007.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9781415942420
1415942420
Branch Call Number: CD FIC NOVIK
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (11 hr., 7 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon

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goddessbeth
Mar 02, 2017

Gods do I love this series. The stakes just get higher and higher, and all the hard coming-of-age lessons that life brings hit Temeraire in the best and worst ways. Novik has such a light hand with these truly heavy topics- in this book, slavery (from all angles), trying to maintain honor in warfare, concepts of ownership and rights and cultural sensitivities. Also, new concepts of religion/spirituality/ancestor worship in the plot line, and more cultures than the MC is (of course) initially aware of.

I actually likes this one slightly better than the previous book, and only a teeny bit less than book 2. It had a rollicking, well-paced plot that didn't try to take on too much, but did range through a few hefty things. I really do admire how realistically Temeraire learns about difficult choices (and Lawrence, too!) and how sticky life is. And the end was a serious cliffhanger.

As series go, this one has me gripped. It's not even a question of whether I'll continue it. I'm solid I'll be finishing this series (on audiobook, of course) before the end of the year.

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