Throne of Jade

Throne of Jade When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo an unhatched dragon s egg Capt Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temerair

When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo an unhatched dragon s egg Capt 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 Bonaparte s invading forces Now China has discovered that itsWhen Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo an unhatched dragon s egg Capt 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 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 But Laurence refuses to cooperate Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East 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 shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.

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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. MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading ListThis was supposed to be my St Patrick s Day book green read, but I still read it in March so it still counts I love Temeraire and Laurence so much A man and his dragon, what s not to love Now the Chinese want Temeraire back I think it s stupid as everyone stated, they had given the egg away to the French and just because Laurence ship took over the one with the egg in it doesn t mean they deserve to get Temeraire back BUT that s not what happened I loved tha [...]

  2. BR with the BBB gang starting December 11, 2015.Introducing Throne of Jade the pros and cons.Yes, I m starting with the cons, so what This is my review, I do want I want The pace is slow.Wait No It s not slow It s painfully slow That kind of painfully slow There isn t much action.There is so little action here that Laurence reading to Temeraire at night feels like a major event Exciting, right There is a story, but it s not that gripping.Laurence, Temeraire and friends are on a boat to China It [...]

  3. Buddy Read with my Dragon loving peeps at Buddies Books and BaublesThere are parts of this book I really enjoyed and then there are parts of this book that totally bored me Naomi Novak s writing is always beautiful and detailed and had I not read Uprooted before starting this series I might not have had such high expectations but alas I did and so I wanted something .Throne of Jade is a lot about cultural differences, social acceptances and politicking Unlike His Majesty s Dragon which involved [...]

  4. I have never audiobook d a whole series before, but I might have to for this one because Simon Vance is simply amazing He should read all the books that way I could enjoy them all, even the ones I probably wouldn t like pretty sure he could make me like em So 5 stars for him and 4 stars for the book itself because, honestly, I don t know how far I d get or how much I d enjoy if I d read these books on my own.The writing is very descriptive, with long passages about early 19th Century culture and [...]

  5. A fun read, but not quite as captivating as the first book We got an interesting look at shipboard life as they travel for a long time, which made the book drag a bit, but not too much The story had some twists turns, some quite unexpected From the long build up, it seemed to end quickly completely, much to my surprise A bit too abruptly neatly, perhaps I look forward to reading the next book, which I have, but I won t be reading it next I don t feel I HAVE to read the next book.

  6. Two important things I must establish before getting on with the actual review 1 This is absolutely one of the best Simon Vance performances I have ever listened to His Temeraire is not what I imagined when I read the first book myself, but it forever will be now Vance expertly captured every nuance of the young dragon with Chinese roots 2 This is what Temeraire looks like in my head Deal with it.As I discovered in reading the previous book in the Temeraire series, His Majesty s Dragon, this is [...]

  7. I ve read reviews that say this second book in the Temeraire series is boring I would have to disagree There are sea monsters, battles, assassination attemps, intrigue, and an allusion to dragon sex What s not to love In this second book in the Temeraire series, Laurence and Temeraire must travel to China In the first book it was discovered that Temeraire was a Chinese dragon meant as a gift to the French Now, the Chinese apparently want their dragon back and they will stop at nothing to attain [...]

  8. I just really love these books and the Laurence Temeraire relationship is phenomenal 3 The fact that they branched out from the typical European British setting and went all the way to China for this book was fantastic.

  9. Another book that I have been putting off writing a review for, because I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I thought I would.The story has enough of Temeraire and Will to satisfy, and plenty in the form new dragons, a new country, great action and interesting history, but it really tested my patience.My chief complaint, is that most of the book was a journey and NOTHING happened in between, apart from a single interesting incident involving a sea serpent It was a chore turning pages and I lon [...]

  10. 4 A buddy read with my buddies from BBB and loving it I thought I knew dragons, since I am well versed on Dragon behavior due to my rich PNR expertise I already knew that DRAGONS are petulant, temperamental, strong willed, gorgeous, smart, always hungry, and charming Now I see they get sick and act like babies, just like real men do, get preconceived notions, are ready to get into a fight at the slightest provocation, and like spicy foods I am glad there is much to learn about them and I am ope [...]

  11. Once again, I have to admonish my past self for only giving this second Temeraire book a measly 3 stars I think I was in the new to , must add EVERYTHING I ve ever read mode, and just arbitrarily scored this so I could move on to the next addition to the list But for whatever reason, I am glad that I got the reread under my belt, as this deserves than 3 stars for sure It may not be a 5 star read, and also isn t quite as good as His Majesty s Dragon, but it s still a fantastic read Unfortunately [...]

  12. 3.5 that I m rounding up because I love Temeraire This one was rather like war long stretches of boredom punctuated by insane action I kid, a little I actually love the slowness of these books, but this one did have me wondering at the overall plot Nonetheless, lots of fun

  13. What can I say about this It goes on as the first book ended and in the same style.To me it feels like the Temeraire series is a gigantic road trip The plot isn t really there It is a trip with some goal, occasionally interrupted by some random action sequence attack by someone or something and finally ending with a significant fight, only to have everything wrapped up rather nicely so the heros can continue on their journey.My biggest gripe is actually the lack of real plot On occasion it s ju [...]

  14. Nada emocionante en esta segunda entrega Se aburre uno leyendo como Temerario y su jockey el capit n ese se van a China a ver si descubren los or genes del dragoncito.M s o menos.Olvidable No malo, malo, pero olvidable No sigo con la saga.

  15. There will be serious spoilers in this review Seriously Spoilery.2,5 stars, but I m sad to say that I can t round this off to three stars It s just not good enough.I loved His Majesty s Dragon, I really did I loved the setting, the world, the action, and most of all, the characters It was epic, and emotional, and nerve wrecking, and fun.Throne of Jade are all of those things as well Just not all the time Actually, not even most of the time It drags, is what I m saying The bigger part of the book [...]

  16. Novik goes from strength to strength Because Temeraire is naive but intelligent, she has the opportunity to question all the wrongs of Regency British society and colonialism, and to defend them according to the beliefs of the time Maybe there are other writers who can evoke so much about time and place and character from the difficulty of finding suitable evening wear, but most writers overlook such prosaic material, particularly in a series that has war and adventure at its core Brilliant stuf [...]

  17. Rozczarowa mnie ten tom Z jednej strony 2 3 dotycz morskiej podr y, co powinno mnie jara jak nomen omen flota Stannisa, ale g wnie nu y o Fabu a polega a na problem A rozwi zujemy problem A problem B nie do ko ca rozwi zujemy problem B problem C wynika po rednio z problemu B, rozwi zujemy problem C problem D wynika po rednio To nie jest przepis na dobr ksi k Natomiast cz w samych Chinach ta ciekawa jest stanowczo za kr tka, a ju cz kulminacyjna zajmuje par stron i mamy koniec ksi ki Ca a nabudow [...]

  18. I m beginning to think of this series as sort of eating MM s That are good for you I kinda want to give them 5 stars, and maybe I should, but reading them tires me in some way Maybe that is because I stay up late into the wee hours reading them I really like inserting dragons into history, and this series does it well But it is much than just making sense and fun of Victorian sensibilities Actually, the author does a very good job of putting you inside the head of someone who believes dearly in [...]

  19. Audiobook narrated by Simon VanceIn Book two of this series, the Chinese have learned that the gift they were sending to Napoleon an unhatched dragon s egg was intercepted by the British Now a delegation arrives demanding the return of the Celestial dragon, which, by tradition, can only belong to a member of the royal family But Capt Laurence is not about to turn Temeraire over and the dragon does not want to be parted from his beloved Laurence So the two travel to the Far East to plead their ca [...]

  20. Patrick O Brien meets Anne MacCaffrey Apparently this picks up right where the first book ended It s been five years, sounds about right from what I remember.Slow start Old fashioned feel to it, meshes well with other period dramas I have read of that time The naval jargon sounds true I like that there are different types of dragons, it gives lots of options and keeps them interesting.Excellent world building, great scenic descriptions Good fight and battle scenes Great travel narrative.However, [...]

  21. While the pace of the book was considerably slower than in the first one, I still enjoyed it immensely The journey to China was long but it paid off, since we learned a lot about the history and characteristics of dragons It definitely had a scholar feeling to it, especially near the end.

  22. This is the second book in the Temeraire series The first book in a series has an advantage, at least in my case If it s written well, and especially if it takes a different approach than anything I ve read before, its newness factor gives it an edge The second book is a better test of whether I ll be able to sustain my interest in the series I really enjoyed this book I m especially still enjoying the characters Also, something about Novik s writing style just holds my interest well I haven t f [...]

  23. This second book in the series is very entertaining I m impressed with Novik s writing The plot is much less predictable this time around and the action scenes are nicely timed Novik is a fan of Patrick O Brian and Jane Austen, and her love for this period is obvious.I do have to say that her portrayal of dragons isn t my ideal The dragons in this series think and act almost exactly like humans, whereas I would expect them to have a less fathomable intelligence and a vastly different worldview B [...]

  24. Imagine the world in the 1800 s Tall sail ships sailed across sea monster infested waters Imagine this world with dragons all kinds of dragons Dragons of every size, color, and ability Intelligent dragons that are used as an air force This is the world of Throne of Jade.Throne of Jade is the continuation of His Majesty s Dragon At the end of His Majesty s dragon, it was discovered that the cute and cuddly Temeraire was in fact, a Celestial dragon Celestial dragons are a very rare breed and have [...]

  25. 2.5 stars While I still love Temeraire and am definitely going to read the next book in this series, I have to admit that I was shockingly disappointed by this second instalment The eloquent writing style and the craft that went into creating characters and locations in this book were enjoyable things to experience, yet I was incredibly frustrated nonetheless The first half of the book was very, very slow and I don t know if that s because the book had pacing issues or because I kept getting dis [...]

  26. This book combines two of my least favorite aspects of the fantasy genre unnecessary sequels and endless travelogues into a vortex of boredom I almost never give up 320 pages into a 400 page book, but I am already kicking myself for having read as far as I did and see no point to wasting any of my life on it.The first book is great fun, but this one did not need to exist The characters who were great came back dull, the okay ones came back interchangeable, and there is absolutely nothing going [...]

  27. whew that took forever to finish, between classes and all i guess i m glad that i did it was somehow satisfactory, but not as good as the first book several reasons why first of all, the fact that laurence and temeraire grows apart whereas the first book is entirely based on the fact that the affection they have for each other is on such solid ground that nothing can shake it now we see temeraire straying because he is being bribed by conditions and now we know this relationship isn t infallible [...]

  28. Loved this second part even than the first one Temeraire is my most favorite dragon ever This part was even interesting because of its setting in China Listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Simon Vance and he is a great narrator I am not sure if I would have give this book 5 stars if not for the amazing narration So 5 stars is for the audiobook version of this book.

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