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.