Thursday, December 8, 2016

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik


Been a while since I've read this series but there was enough of a recap built in to the first part of the story to get me back in to the swing of things.

The dragon's naiveté is a continuing, and mostly the only source of humor in an otherwise grim and stodgy alternate universe set during the Napoleonic wars.

The globe-spanning Temeraire series hits every continent, exposing us to different dragon-human cultures. In this book we start with Japan and China in the first half of the book and finish with Russia.

Of all the different ways dragons coexist with man around the world Russia is the worst, and sadly as our memory-deficient protagonist Lawrence learns, Britain is not far ahead. The amnesia gimmick is kind of hokey but forgivable given that it is book eight in the series.

The parallel to the Napoleonic wars is roughly accurate so we have a general idea of how the rest of series will play out. There are hints early on in the book that there may be a North American story in the future.

Believable period dialog and societal conventions combined with some exciting battles carry this and previous books in the series. I look forward to future installments of the Temeraire series.

Finished reading November 27, 2016