George V. Reilly

Review: Blood of Tyrants

Blood of Tyrants
Title: Blood of Tyrants
Author: Naomi Novik
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Del Rey
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 486
Keywords: alternate history, fantasy
Reading period: 22–24 February, 2015

Eighth and penul­ti­mate book in the Temeraire series, which began with His Majesty’s Dragon. It’s a delightful take on the Napoleonic wars with in­tel­li­gent dragons.

The book opens with William Laurence awaking ship­wrecked and amnesiac on the shores of Japan, where European foreigners are strictly forbidden. His dragon Temeraire fran­ti­cal­ly seeks him, while the rest of the crew think him dead. After being reunited in Nagasaki, they travel on to the Chinese court in Peking and enlist the help of the emperor’s dragons in fighting Napoleon, who has marched into Russia with his own dragons and troops.

I enjoyed the book, although I didn’t care for the plot device of amnesia. Temeraire, who is still a very young dragon and not very wise for all of his in­tel­li­gence, matures a little as he begins to realize con­se­quences of his im­petu­os­i­ty. The series has gone on a little too long and I’m glad that the next book is supposed to bring everything to a close.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Review: River of Gods » « Review: Revenger