Empire of Ivory

(Temeraire #4)

Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages

English language

Published Sept. 24, 2007 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
9780345496874

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4 stars (12 reviews)

Empire of Ivory is the fourth novel in the Temeraire alternate history/fantasy series by American author Naomi Novik. Set in Africa, the novel follows William Laurence and his dragon Temeraire's search for a cure to the disease that has paralyzed the dragon community. Novik visited southern Africa in search of places in the fourth novel. Empire of Ivory was released in paperback in North America by Del Ray on September 25, 2007. The British hardcover edition was published by Voyager on November 5, 2007.

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A Wonderful Buddy Adventure to Africa

5 stars

The Temeraire series is a wonderful set of buddy-adventures across the world, which is unfortunate because the marketing for the Temeraire series failed miserably by focusing on the Napoleonic warfare aspect. This is not military fiction, and instead captures that strange Age of Sail culture of 'civilized war' alongside a realistic treatment of dragons.

I had forgotten how amusing the scenes were where dragons caught a cold, but to see that elevated to the key threat within this novel was very satisfying. As always, I'll avoid spoilers, but both the title and the back of book makes it obvious that Empire of Ivory is an African adventure. This, similar to the last few novels, offers the reader a chance to explore Naomi Novik's deep worldbuilding through the eyes of Lawrence and Temeraire. We learn plenty of the African continent, the colonial Empires and the impact of slavery (in conjunction with …

Review of 'Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, Book 4)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

While the previous books in the series have focused on the relationship between Laurence and Temeraire, Empire of Ivory departed from that for some serious world-building. Novik explores just how the African continent might have evolved with dragons, with some very fascinating results. The plot line of the disease afflicting the dragons underlay the entire book and giving it some cohesion as the narrative took the reader from Prussia, to Britain, to Africa, and ultimately to France. However, I felt that the story might have been stronger if broken up. A lot happened in the nearly 400-page book, leaving me with a faint bemused feeling at the end (not that that I'm complaining about not having to wait to find out what happens next!) from all the twists of the plot. I am definitely looking forward to the next book, thanks to the gigantic cliffhanger at the end of Empire …

Review of 'Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, Book 4)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This fourth book of the Temeraire series may actually be the best so far: it juggles a large cast, boldly shines a light on ethical middens of the nineteenth century British Empire, and is a romp the whole way through. At times I was compelled to do the upside-down dog-paddle of glee.

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Subjects

  • Science Fiction And Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • Fiction - Fantasy
  • Fantasy
  • Fantasy - Historical
  • Science Fiction - Alternative History
  • Alternative histories (Fiction)
  • Dragons
  • Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
  • Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
  • Fantasy - General