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“An absorbing adventure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)   Former Aerial Corps captain Will Laurence and his faithful dragon, Temeraire, have been put out to pasture in Australia—and it seems their part in the war has ended just when they are needed most. The French have invaded Spain, forged an alliance with Africa’s powerful Tswana empire, and brought revolution to Brazil. With Britain’s last desperate hope of defeating Napoleon in peril, the government that sidelined Laurence swiftly offers to reinstate him, convinced that he’s the best man to enter the fray and negotiate peace. So the pair embark for Brazil, only to meet with a string of unmitigated disasters that forces them to make an unexpected landing in the hostile territory of the Incan empire. With the success of the mission balanced on a razor’s edge, an old enemy appears and threatens to tip the scales toward ruin. Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk—for one bold enough to grasp it.   “Captivating . . . compelling reading . . . [an] action-packed narrative [with] lively, uniquely drawn characters and intriguing takes on history.”—Tor.comIncludes a preview of the next book in the Temeraire series, Blood of Tyrants.
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        Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.

        She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.
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“An absorbing adventure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
Former Aerial Corps captain Will Laurence and his faithful dragon, Temeraire, have been put out to pasture in Australia—and it seems their part in the war has ended just when they are needed most. The French have invaded Spain, forged an alliance with Africa’s powerful Tswana empire, and brought revolution to Brazil. With Britain’s last desperate hope of defeating Napoleon in peril, the government that sidelined Laurence swiftly offers to reinstate him, convinced that he’s the best man to enter the fray and negotiate peace. So the pair embark for Brazil, only to meet with a string of unmitigated disasters that forces them to make an unexpected landing in the hostile territory of the Incan empire. With the success of the mission balanced on a razor’s edge, an old enemy appears and threatens to tip the scales toward ruin. Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk—for one bold enough to grasp it.
 
“Captivating . . . compelling reading . . . [an] action-packed narrative [with] lively, uniquely drawn characters and intriguing takes on history.”—Tor.com

Includes a preview of the next book in the Temeraire series, Blood of Tyrants.
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      • content: "Novik's influences run the gamut from Jane Austen to Patrick O'Brian, with a side trip through Anne McCaffrey. Her books are completely involving and probably addictive, their central conceit explored in clever detail with a great deal of wit and historical insight."
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      • content: "These are beautifully written novels: not only fresh, original, and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart."
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      • content: "A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy."
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        In a delightful return to form, British aviator William Laurence and his dragon companion, Temeraire, are recalled from Australian exile (described in 2010’s Tongues of Serpents) for their seventh adventure. In the Incan Empire, European plagues have devastated the human population, and dragons have taken charge. As the Inca empress considers a personal and political alliance with Napoleon, British dragon Iskierka promotes her captain, Granby, as a marital alternative—very much against his will. Meanwhile, the African Tswana tribe have begun raiding Brazil to rescue black slaves with French help, putting British abolitionist Laurence in an uncomfortable position. While delivering an absorbing adventure complete with shipwreck, mutiny, field surgery, and a difficult journey across a strange new land, Novik weaves in complex moral questions about the blurry line between freedom and possession on personal and societal scales. This is a must-read for series fans and an intriguing fantasy story in its own right. Agent: Cynthia Manson, the Cynthia Manson Literary Agency.

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        March 15, 2012
        After a brief hiatus (Tounges of Serpents, 2010, etc.), Novik continues the globetrotting, alternate-Napoleonic-era adventures of Captain William Laurence and his Chinese Celestial dragon Temeraire. Previously, Laurence was convicted of treason and transported for preventing the British from infecting the enemy French dragons with a fatal disease. As this volume opens, ambassador Arthur Hammond ends Laurence's Australian exile, restoring his commission and appointing him to negotiate with a force of African dragons sent by Napoleon to Brazil. Along the way, Laurence and his companions endure shipwreck, capture, stranding on an island and a desperate journey through the Incan Empire (the local dragons prevented the conquistadors from succeeding in this universe, although the smallpox they left behind has proved fairly devastating). While there is some intriguing but sadly limited time spent examining the differing political, societal and spiritual roles played by dragons in various cultures, most of the plot is devoted to nonstop action. Underneath it all, however, Novik is ambitiously exploring what it is to be a moral man in a world where such a quality is considered inconvenient at best; a man who, despite the powerful leverage provided by his dragon, may never be able to fully triumph over rampant corruption and petty opportunism. In some ways, a repeat of what's gone before, but despite that, thoughtful, good fun.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        March 15, 2012

        Loyal fans of Novik's sprawling Napoleonic alternate history epic (Her Majesty's Dragon; Throne of Jade) featuring the dragon Temeraire and his rider Captain Will Laurence will be relieved to see signs that the story is drawing toward its conclusion. Laurence's rank in the air corps is restored in a bid to lure him out of retirement to negotiate with the Tswana, who have allied with the French to get their enslaved brethren back. The Inca become involved, and then things really get complicated. Temeraire's dragon companions from Her Majesty's Dragon return, and their final surprise destination indicates that still more old companions will be drawn into the eventual resolution. VERDICT This solid installment will not disappoint existing fans and fantasy readers who enjoy Patrick O'Brian's Age of Sail novels, but it will baffle new readers unfamiliar with the series's story line.--Meredith Schwartz, Library Journal

        Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        At the end of Tongues of Serpents (2010), Temeraire fans were left wondering if they would ever be able to return to the war with Napoleon. When Hammond, their old friend and ambassador to China, arrives with an urgent message that Napoleon is attempting to open a new front in South America, Temeraire, Captain Laurence, and the few remaining crew members set off; the lure of being reinstated pleases Temeraire, but Laurence goes only out of duty to crown and country. Napoleon, it turns out, has enlisted the Africans from Empire of Ivory (2007), who have not only retaken colonial outposts in Africa but are now in Brazil on a no-holds-barred quest to find their lost family members. With the sailors on the dragonship transport nearly all impressed former criminals with little training or discipline, Temeraire wonders if they have any hope of reaching their destination in South America in time. Readers who persevere past the slow start will be satisfied, and an exciting, cliff-hanger finale will leave them clamoring for the next installment.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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