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Throne of Jade|Naomi Novik
Throne of Jade
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Overview

In the second novel of the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series, the Napoleonic Wars take Captain Will Laurence and his dragon to China on a perilous mission.

"Full of wonderful characters with real heart."--Peter Jackson

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo--an unhatched dragon's egg--Captain 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 Napoleon 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. A reluctant Laurence has no choice but to take Temeraire back to China--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.

"Readers with a penchant for both Patrick O'Brian and Anne McCaffrey may have found their perfect match. Naomi Novik beautifully renders an 1800s Europe in which naval buffs and dragon lovers will be keen to immerse themselves."--Alan Dean Foster, author of the Pip & Flinx series

Don't miss the magic of Naomi Novik's Temeraire series:

HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON - THRONE OF JADE - BLACK POWDER WAR - EMPIRE OF IVORY - VICTORY OF EAGLES - TONGUES OF SERPENTS - CRUCIBLE OF GOLD - BLOOD OF TYRANTS - LEAGUE OF DRAGONS

 

  • ISBN-13: 9780345481290
  • ISBN-10: 0345481291
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books
  • Publish Date: April 2006
  • Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.48 pounds
  • Page Count: 432

A new dragon takes flight

The next piece of good news is the rapid-fire publication schedule of Naomi Novik's engrossing Napoleonic-era fantasy series, Temeraire. The first novel in the series, His Majesty's Dragon, came out in April, the second, Throne of Jade, is being released this month, and the third, Black Powder War, comes out in June. From his earliest years, Capt. William Laurence, third son of Lord Allendale, has been a navy man. After heavy fighting in the Atlantic, his ship captures a small French ship that is carrying a Chinese dragon's egg in its hold. When the egg hatches, the dragon, Temeraire, ignores everyone and picks a horrified Laurence to be his rider for life. In Throne of Jade the Chinese emperor sends his brother to investigate the British government's treatment of Temeraire. The Chinese are shocked to discover Laurence and Temeraire have been in the forefront of Britain's defense against Napoleon. They insist Temeraire be taken back to China and Temeraire agrees, but only if Laurence accompanies him. On the seven-month sea journey they face sea serpents, murderous attempts on Laurence's life and ploys by the Chinese embassy to persuade Temeraire that his life will be unutterably richer in China. Novik's style varies from richly descriptive passages to a terse command of the language of warfare. She has managed to combine the naval epics of Patrick O'Brian (to whose fans the series is strongly recommended) with the favorite fantasy subject of dragons, creating something new and quite wonderful. The Temeraire trilogy could well be this year's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Gavin J. Grant runs Small Beer Press in Northampton, Massachusetts.