Black Powder War

(Temeraire #3)

365 pages

English language

Published Feb. 23, 2006 by Ballantine Books.

ISBN:
9780345481306

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4 stars (14 reviews)

In the wake of their adventure in China, Captain Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his dragon, Temeraire, are sent on a mission to protect three valuable dragon eggs on a trip back to England from the Ottoman Empire, but the vengeful Chinese dragon Lien allies herself with Napoleon to stop them.

2 editions

A Phenomenal Conclusion to Throne of Jade

4 stars

Black Powder War continues the adventures of Lawrence and Temeraire as they return from China, and if you enjoyed Throne of Jade, then this will be equally enjoyable. In fact, I suspect if the two books were combined into one, it would have been a much bigger success, as the journey to China culminates in a great deal of Napoleonic warfare merged beautifully with the realistic handling of dragons that has put this series on the map.

Despite starting these novels for Age of Sail battles, I find myself preferring the adventure more than the action. Naomi Novik sketches out a wonderfully rich alternate history that our main characters wander through, passing through the Gobi, up into the Karakorum, and finally into Istanbul and continental Europe during Napoleon's greatest victories. There's a surprisingly large cast that surrounds Temeraire and not all of them make it home. Those losses keep …

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Subjects

  • Great Britain. -- Royal Navy -- Officers -- Fiction.
  • Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Fiction.
  • Dragons -- Fiction.
  • Revenge -- Fiction.
  • Voyages and travels -- Fiction.
  • Istanbul (Turkey) -- Fiction.
  • England -- Fiction.