Victory of Eagles
Now this was a good story. Napolean has landed in England and the English are in shambles. Lots of politic’ing and Laurence and Temeraire are allowed to do what they need to. Fighting and dragons making their own tactics, quite interesting. Ends with Napolean’s army being smashed and Britain liberated. Laurence is exiled to Australia and Temeraire too, since the House of Lords don’t want a rogue dragon around. Hopefully Novik’s next book will follow in the action vein of this one.
Empire of Ivory
dragons of England are all sick. Temeraire isn’t. They figure it must be something he ate in Africa on his journey back from China. Bunch of sick dragons go to Africa. Find a cure. Laurence and others are captured by a tribe of Africans and taken prisoner. The tribe of humans and dragons wipes out all European towns along the coast. Laurence and others escape to England. English infect rest of European dragons, now that they have a cure. Laurence and Temeraire go to France with the cure. Ends with Laurence and Temeraire preparing to head back to England to face court-martial for treason.
Ok, Novik is a history buff.It shows. Once again, the dragons are given very little character developement time. They are almost just a sideshow to allow Novik to probe into alternate history. I don’t care 2 bits about most of what goes on in the human society, I want dragons! And Novik insists of slogging through the human society and dragging us along.
His Majesty’s Dragon
Throne of Jade
Black Powder War
set in the era of the Napoleanic wars. Dragons are a part of life. The worlds’ armies have learned to domesticate them and use them for warfare. A special group of the military, called Aviators, has come into being. Follows the adventures of Captain Laurence as he goes from being a British Navy Captain to an Aviator.
First book, about him and Temeraire[the dragon] was good. Temeraire hatching, growing up, learning to fight, etc. It was a well written adventure yarn.
The 2 following books, on the other hand, I didn’t enjoy that much. Follows them to China and then as they make their way back to England. Political intrigue, dragon rights, etc, filled these stories instead of battle and action. I would have a hard time reading any further about Temeraire if future volumes[if there are any] continued in this vein.