(Temeraire In the Service of the King) PDF READ ↠ Naomi Novik
Seful that I want to read the next book This is a guilty pleasure reading for me to be sure I will not credit it as high literature even as fantasy but it manages to overcome a rather substantial series of hurdles and still be satisfying Being a fan of Patrick O Brian and the AubreyMaturin series as well as Bernard Cornwall s Sharpe books I was intrigued with Naomi Novik s Temeraire series On the whole I would give it a CB First to the good stuff Novik is a good writer She manages to capture the flavor of the Napoleonic era often than not though she can t hold a candle to O Brian s evocation of early 19th century Britain She s also created likable characters in William Laurence and Temeraire Now the bad stuff and bad here is only relative There were two areas that spoiled my complete enjoyment of the novel First the physics of dragon flight There are no fantasy elements in the novel beyond the existence of dragons but even here they are naturally occuring animals not magical beasts and there s even a faux scientific report to the Royal Academy about dragons So one expects that the accepted rules of physics gravity etc are going to be obeyed But I couldn t really accept the idea of whole crews of men climbing over flying dragons like seamen in a ship s rigging even allowing for air sacs that reduced the dragon s weight the sheer tonnage should have kept them on the ground or at the very least extremely unwieldy in flight And that s another thing these air sacs are mentioned several times but never explained Are they full of hydrogen Helium Some other lighter than air gas God knows if they re full of hydrogen then these dragons are flying Hindenburgs and no sane person would ever go into combat with them particularly combat where guns are present The second thing that bothered me about the series was that the implications of dragons and men interacting with each other are not really explored Essentially Novik has lifted British seamen from ships of the line and put them on dragons of the line If humans have been dealing with dragons and vice versa since at least Roman times there s no specific mention of Westerners dealing with them any earlier than that though ou would imagine they did it would have had to profoundly change society In religion alone do dragons have souls Did Christ or a draconic Christ minister to dragons In a Medieval society these uestions would have mattered Would a highly intelligent species which dragons by and large appear to be really have put up with humans manipulating their breeding etc until Temeraire comes along in the 19th century I just can t help but think that the dragons are simply window dressing a cute twist on the Napoleonic Wars theme Those two caveats aside however I would recommend the Temeraire series to interested readers but don t expect too much The Napoleonic Wars is my favorite time era in Britian sp after the Victorian Era so imagine my surprise when I found a book series that basically just adds dragons to it I was hooked from chapter one It was amazing This particular book incorporates the first three books in the series I love the writing and the main character Temeraire He s an amazing dragon and I love what Naomi Novik has done with him and all the other dragons she created I also love that his captain Will Laurence used to be a Navy man so that when he goes into harness with Temeraire he s just as new to the wh loooove love love this series these dragons are lovable funny smart the adventures both the riders and their dragons face had me up all night literlly could not sleep until i finshed the book i read the first 3 books in a weeks time its been along while though since i did but i remember temaraire and the rock well still giggling can t wait to finish 6 7 and enticipating publishment of 8 in 2013 only reason i have not read them all et is i am not rich enough to support my reading addictionlolto many other books to be read i read and listen audiobooks to at least 1book a week but this story is one of my all time favs Only on Chapter 2 but so far I m really enjoying it I was wary of talking dragons and dragonriders since I hated Pern but I like the different historical milieu and the characters so far are way likeable than Anne McCaffrey s I borrowed this from my friend and I couldn t put it down. Rces Laurence and Temeraire apart foreverBLACK POWDER WARBritish flyer Will Laurence and his extraordinary dragon Temeraire gratefully anticipate their voyage home from China But before they set sail they are waylaid by urgent new orders the British Government having purchased three valuable dragon eggs from the Ottoman Empire now reuire Laurence and Temeraire to make a perilous overland journey instead stopping off in Istanbul to collect and escort the precious cargo back to England.
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Ly by writing in the style of a British novel Novik made a mistake that is either very large or very small depending on how ou read but nothing in the middle Her over use of the colon and semi colon creates a visual challenge to the text forcing even a reader who is accustomed to such punctuation to stop and re read lines over again I have not seen so many of those punctuation marks in any reading outside of instant messaging with friends who over use emoticons In both the colon and semi colon s cases they are marks best used sparingly and with a deftness of skill that Novik simply did not wield in these books The compound sentences run on for far too long creating a rambling sense in the narrative that honestly could easily have been edited so far down as to make all three books into two or perhaps oneHere lies the second problem The details are so often told instead of shown to the reader that the narrative takes breaks to describe events places or people in ways that are distracting to the plot There are paragraphs detailing landscapes or events that were skipped over and are then summarized that collapse a time of weeks or months into a paragraph or a line break when the entire diversion was unnecessary and could simply have been alluded to or hinted at through dialogue or action in the next scene There is one use of obscene language in Black Powder War that stands out starkly because it is the one and only time that language occurs and it comes from a throw away character never heard or seen again in other words it didn t need to happen at all It felt at times like this narrative was a pay by the word scenario much like the novels it seeks to emulate I think the narrative would have been much better served if written in the lines of The French Lieutenant s Woman which was a historical novel in a modern modality of story crafting By narrating the 19th Century plot in a 19th Century style too many times all three novels suffered from digressions and distractionsSimilarly the characters are almost to a one archetypal The gruff captain who has a change of heart with his change in occupation remains otherwise rather stalwart in his behavior and thinking While his knowledge base expands considerably along the three novels experiencing dragon riding then Africa and China and then through the Ottoman Empire and across Europe the overall details of his character remain unchanged I did not feel that he grew as a human being for all the learning that he did His concerns were the same his goals were the same his word choices were the same at the end of The Black Powder War as they were at the beginning of His Majesty s Dragon Similarly characters who are antagonists are antagonists the whole way through never surprising the reader with an unexpected twist beyond what is blatantly hinted at along the way Supporting characters such as the first lieutenant aboard the dragon are similarly stunted John Granby is a wonderful character until he has his change of heart in His Majesty s Dragon Once he decides that he likes Captain Laurence all is well and stays well between themAnd there is an issue of believability even beyond the whole dragon thing The protagonist is a captain aboard a very remarkable dragon but that his exploits should take him into the company of the Emperor of China the Ottoman Sultan the royal family of Prussia Napoleon himself is simply too contrived There were too many moments in the novels where I simply wanted to say Oh well of course as some improbable situation somehow arose as the only viable option This is to say that the actions were not thoroughly earned by the narrative or the characters Their exploits and adventures were not deserved and their reactions did not warrant the responses they got in turn It was a tale of heroism adventure and fantasy but the fantasy extended into the human characters believability for me far too often and strained the limits of credulity as well as suspended disbeliefAnd Hai nhà yetandet I cannot help but want to know what happens next Despite the narrative being unengaging despite the characters being flat and unbelievable despite the prose being dense and antiuated the world is so lush so verdant and abundant with life and imagination the details so perfect and encompassing and the cliffhangers so strong and suspen. From the skies Laurence must take the beast in hand and join the aviators' cause thus relinuishing all hope of a normal lifeTHRONE OF JADEThe dragon Temeraire was meant to be the companion of the Emperor Napoleon and not captained by a mere officer in the British Air Corps The Chinese have demanded his return and the British government cannot afford to provoke the Asian superpower into allying with the French – even if it costs them the most powerful weapon in their arsenal and fo.
If this collection had contained only the first book it would be way up there in the five star range Instead it s a collection of three books with an unfinished storyline and Books 2 3 aren t especially satisfying in of themselves As much as I love books set in this general timeframe not to mention Temeraire himself for me those two books were simply too caught up in the exacting presentation of the larger story arc The first book however was self contained and a delight in every way and is the reason I finally settled on four rather than three stars From the book s voice to its thoughtful consideration of the dragon logistics to Laurence s unabashed adoration of his dragon companion not to mention the wonderful Temeraire himself it was a sorry it ended page turner Go read it Once I got started I couldn t put it down You can tell because I effectively read it in 1 2 days I got sucked into the fantastical world where dragons talk Laurence s affinity for Temeraire is so sweet and endearing as is Berkley s camaraderie with his dragon and Captain Harcourt with Lily I want a talking dragon Watching Laurence and Temeraire s relationship evolve throughout the book in a time of war no less was fascinating U learn with Laurence about dragons and their peculiarities The one thing I thought this book didn t need was to be in a historical setting with Napoleon It was uite jarring and didn t even really seem to matter to the plot Overall though an enthralling beginning I generally do not review my books in writing I am a speak about the book fan but honestly for those of ou into alternate history fantasy BTW this has been only my second foray into it this series was amazing Novik has a way of captivating ou with her writing and this series hooked me When I finished the last book I wanted Time to find out what she is working on next I think I have another favorite author My sweethearts 3 3 3 This is three books in one volume and I read straight through all three as one I shall attempt to discuss them both singularly and individually here but make no promises as to the cohesion of my arguments Consider Falling Through Clouds yourselves forewarnedFirst and foremost the narrative of this tome is in style as well as content very British By this I do not only mean that it follows a main character in Captain William Laurence who is a British naval captain at the outset of His Majesty s Dragon but also that the prose itself is gobsmacked by British style and sensibilities The author wrote this very clearly with the intention of having it read like a Victorian era British novel minus a few small details in nomenclature and dating Ifou read and enjoyed the Master Commander series by Patrick O Brian this will appeal to ou The setting is the same The Napoleonic Wars Not only is the reader struck by the very similar opening of both books but the characters seem to be virtually interchangeable This notion is very uickly dispelled when the narrative introduces the reader to the fantastical element in the form of a large dragon egg captured by the British shipThe narrative swiftly and deftly maneuvers the reader into understanding that this world is not the world we live in but one in which dragons exist and have existed the entire time Rather than telling a story of a familiar world suddenly invaded by or exposed to dragons this narrative instead offers the tale of a world in which dragons are part and parcel to the whole It is our world if we d had dragons all along In this way the narrative allows the reader to play into the fantasies of dragons without the necessity of explaining how the population adapted to them or is adapting The world of the dragons is explored through a main character who is foreign to the details of being a dragon rider but not to the world in which dragons exist Much like the world of Pern that Anne McCaffrey made so real dragons belong to their own class and those who live with them are likewise a class unto themselves But whereas in O Brian s books the world is historical and in McCaffrey s books the world is fantastical Novik s world is a blend of the two exploring the what ifs of a world at war and using dragons against dragons as pawns in the grand designs of their mastersUnfortunately the narrative across all three books suffers from a few great gaping problems First. A collection of the first three novels in Naomi Novik’s stunning Temeraire series following the global adventures of Captain William Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire as they are thrown together to fight for Britain during the Napoleonic WarsTEMERAIREAfter a skirmish with a French ship Captain William Laurence finds himself in charge of a rare cargo a dragon egg bound for the Emperor Napoleon himself Dragons are much prized properly trained they can mount a fearsome attack.
(Temeraire In the Service of the King) PDF READ ↠ Naomi Novik
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 partic