Empire of Ivory

Empire of Ivory 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 Bonapar

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 forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine Now only Temeraire and a pack of neTragedy 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 forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France s ever bolder sorties.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 On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line.

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  1. An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O Brian and Jane Austen She studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights Shadow of Undrentide Over the course of a brief winter sojourn spent working on the game in Edmonton, Canada accompanied by a truly alarming coat that now lives brooding in the depths of her closet , she realized she preferred writing to programming, and on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels.Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers Her website is at naominovik

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  1. This is the fourth book in the series but the first real review I ve done for the series as I read the previous three last year when my reviews were one or two sentences long The premise of these novels are simply what would have happened if the Napoleonic Wars were fought with dragons I ve enjoyed all four of the Temeraire novels so far However I have seen lots of people mention that they haven t found the second, third or fourth one as good as the first Maybe I am biased because of my small bu [...]

  2. Deal Breaker This book is a complete deal breaker.The 4th installment in the Temeraire series, comes as a shockingly hollow book Devoid of any story line, this book left me thoroughly disappointed I am quite literally sad.When I picked this series initially, I was ecstatic Such brilliant writing style with such flow and a very charming Dragon What else could I ask for But since then this series has been on the decline in terms of story line and this book in particular brings it to a grinding hal [...]

  3. The very young hold up best, and the old ones linger it is the ones between who have been dying Dying first, anyway I suppose they will all go in the end In Empire of Ivory we are transported to Africa as we follow Laurence and Temeraire in their quest to find a cure for the epidemic that has spread to his fellow dragons I love the fact that with each book we explore a different place instead of just staying in the same setting every time Since this book is set in Africa we have the chance to st [...]

  4. 2011 September 21Yeah, she managed to slip penguins in there with the colonialism and the slavery and the dragon plague It feels quite a bit as if she can read my mind and anticipate everything I might want to see and give it to me I d give her a whole extra star just for the 19th century epidemiology alone And another star for Mrs Erasmus It s hard for me to think of another book, let alone a series, which deals so well with very weighty issues and is such insane pleasure to read.Library copy.

  5. The best yet in this series Empire of Ivory delivers several gut punches I am so happy I started this series after it is mostly done, because after the cliffhanger ending in this book I would have been fit to be tied As it is, I m already listening to Book V, Victory of Eagles.

  6. Laurence and Temeraire s most recent adventure is a bit of a departure from their usual military and diplomatic adventures This time, they re out searching for a cure for a draconic ailment that is lingering and eventual fatal The entire Aerial Corps is at risk, and Temeraire is one of the only healthy dragons left So, it s off to Africa, where they think the cure might be found.I have always loved the different ways that cultures integrate dragons into themselves We got to see the Chinese pract [...]

  7. Well, I finished book 4 with a bit of trepidation for future entries Despite my love for the series, and the solid foundation that this alternate history tale was built on, THIS was the Temeraire book I didn t even know I wanted While the previous books in the series have all been good, Empire of Ivory definitely stands taller than the rest My concern is that this is the pinnacle of the series, and that everything else that follows might not quite live up to the newly established standard Like t [...]

  8. 3 stars, maaaaaaybe 3.5 It seemed like a lot of people were disappointed by Black Powder War and enjoyed this one much I m the opposite Loved Black Powder War and in comparison, Empire of Ivory it just feels like not a lot happened Yes, the dragons were sick Laurence and Temeraire went to Africa to find a cure Found a cure, brought it home, and voila Dragons all better The ending with Napoleon was mildly interesting, and I enjoyed their time spent in Africa thanks to Laurence s entertaining des [...]

  9. So I m moving out of state in a few days and have been listening to a lot of books while I pack and clean Since I was listening, I had no idea how far into a book I was I felt like it was getting close to the end because a BIG THING was about to happen whene book ended.I seriously thought there was something wrong with the file But no Fucking big cliffhanger ending.It s been a year or since I read a Temeraire book I forgot how much I adore Temeraire and also the new baby dragon that spits fire [...]

  10. The fourth in theTemeraire series, and the one I ve enjoyed the most since the introductory book Which is to say, a lot This one felt tightly structured than the last, with the disease plot as a brilliantly chosen and terrifying centerpiece I ve never had a dragon, obviously, but the idea of losing one made me ache almost as much as the thought of losing one s daemon in His Dark Materials The African setting really came alive I love how we re getting to see how different cultures around the wor [...]

  11. This one started a bit slow for me, but in the end I actually enjoyed this one as much as the first Very nice addition for the series.

  12. This was really good perhaps the best of the Temeraire books so far, though I may just feel this way cos every time I read a new Temeraire book I find I d forgotten how great they are But I wish Harper Collins hadn t done such a damned shoddy job of proofreading I kept getting tripped up by typos, grammatical errors, dangling sentence fragments, and once, the same word being used twice in the same sentence in a way that made me have to reread the sentence twice before I understood it.Also there [...]

  13. Whaaaaat now that is a cliffhanger Man.This was once again a very nice little book This one takes place in Africa for much of the time, which is fun And it has a lady admiral I know I ve bemoaned in the past the lack of female characters in this series But I have to admit that Novik is pretty good at having our hero be a product of his times, without being a huge dick He seems bewildered by women being able to, like, DO and THINK things, than really objecting to it Which works for me because yo [...]

  14. In terms of both theme and action, this book seems like a direct sequel, and a worthier follow up, toThrone of Jade than the rather pointlessBlack Powder War Back in England, Laurence and Temeraire discover the fighting dragons have been devastated by an unknown plague Since Temeraire seems to have survived it, he and others of his consort are dispatched back to Africa to try and find the cure There they encounter several African tribes and yet another societal relationship between humans and d [...]

  15. Finally, Laurence Temeraire and company have arrived home after than a year away Also in tow are the feral dragons, Tharkay, the rescued Huguenots and the baby dragon, Iskierka The home front has markedly changed though and not for the good Temeraire s fellow dragons that were left behind in England have been hit by an epidemic, some kind of dragon consumption The consumption has killed some and left others badly weakened, one of which is Maximus, who will not last much longer without a cure Al [...]

  16. I m loving this series This one has a sort of cliffhanger ending, which I don t in general care for, and I m glad the next book is already available I m going to be really frustrated when I finish that one I hate it when I catch up on a series and have to wait a year or between books.Novik s writing gets better and better I kept going back to re read sections that were particularly compelling, and there are some very funny scenes I love the Regency era dialog.

  17. This one was really interesting A desperate illness has spread around UKs dragons and now the cure has to be found, before any of the dragons might die from itThis time we get to visit Africa, get a closer look at slavery and colonies, meet new dragons and a jaw dropping cliffhanger at the endDefinitely worth the read

  18. I may have underestimated the aims of this series, which I had assumed, based on the first three books, to be following the history of our world or at least Europe or less as it did for real, only with the various powers involved having dragons at their disposal That s what it seemed to be The Napoleonic Wars, only with dragons.Here in the fourth volume, that basic concept is blown open Escaping from the events at the end of the third book with French dragons nipping at their heels, Temeraire, [...]

  19. It s a kind of consumption, Lord Lenton said tiredly, turning to the window How widespread Laurence asked Everywhere, Lenton said Dover, Portsmouth, Middlesbrough The breeding grounds in Wales and Halifax Gibraltar everywhere the couriers went on their rounds everywhere He turned away from the windows and took his chair again We were inexpressibly stupid we thought it was only a cold, you see Ironically, the plague originated with American dragons, who are immune Narrated superbly by Simon Vance [...]

  20. This installment of the Temeraire series, the four book, was such a huge improvement upon the previous book When the dragons get sick, Laurence and the other handlers are desperate to get the cure before the dragons begin dying off So Laurence, Temeraire and friends must go off to the deepest reaches of Africa to find the cure.I m so glad Novik brought back the characters the previous books, especially the female characters there were several in this story including a black woman , and added a c [...]

  21. The pacing of the plot really picks up in this installment of the Temeraire series I also love that they are back in England with this book for the most part , as I find the dynamic in that setting to be the most entertaining This is one of the better books in the series, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed any of Novik s previous novels.

  22. Most of my first review of Empire of Ivory stands, so rather than rehash that, I ll just comment on where my opinion has changed or things I noticed that I didn t mention in the first review.I ve mentioned this in previous reviews, but Laurence is just such a delightful character I think we ve gotten used to seeing caricatures of women from the turn of the nineteenth century simply based on Jane Austen s celebrity It s refreshing to see Naomi Novik capture the thoughts of a English gentleman of [...]

  23. Going just by the story, the characters, and my general entertainment throughout most of this book, I would have rated this at five stars I m giving it 4.5 stars, the same as the last two books, but I m rounding down to 4 on whereas I rounded the previous two up to 5 The reason I m rating it so much lower, in spite of enjoying it so much, is that there were a couple things that particularly annoyed me, one being what I consider to be a major story discrepancy More details are in the spoiler tags [...]

  24. Not much to say about this one It is a four star story The writing is suburb descriptions of events and setting, the plot is carried on as it should There are a couple of details some readers may not like but they fit in And this deals with an alternate setting for an event that really happened in our world in England That history has a twist but so close to what we know too Africa is different with dragons around I liked the fact that not every book is rewriting of the events in the previous bo [...]

  25. What can I say I m hooked The world gets steadily complex as areas are explored, yet it also feels like a comfortable, welcoming, and amusing niche.

  26. Primele trei volume s au concentrat mai mult pe b t lii, pe cuceriri i ap r ri de teritorii, mai pu in pe grija celor care duc mare parte din ce este greu, pe dragoni i pe siguran a lor Care, p n la urm era vital , n condi iile n care ei f ceau ca rezultatele dorite s existe ntr un timp mai scurt Cu toate c nu mi a pl cut absolut deloc ce s a nt mplat cu ei, nu am fost deloc nc ntat de suferin a prin care au trecut sau de pierderile pe care le au suferit ceilal i, nu pot spune c nu m a nc ntat t [...]

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