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The very young hold up best and the old ones linger it is the ones between who have been dying Dying first anyway I suppose they will all go in the end In Empire of Ivory we are transported to Africa as we follow Laurence and Temeraire in their uest to find a cure for the epidemic that has spread to his fellow dragons I love the fact that with each book we explore a different place instead Of Just Staying In The Same Setting Every Time Since just staying in the same setting every time Since book is set in Africa we have the chance to stop focusing on the endless war between England and France and explore other themes as well such as slavery Not only we see the struggles many people were having in their battle to abolish slavery but we also see the tra The best yet in this series Empire of ivory delivers several gut punches i am so delivers several gut punches I am so I started this series after it is mostly done because after the cliffhanger ending in this book I would have been fit to be tied As it is I m already listening to Book V Victory of Eagles RTC Deal Breaker This book is a complete deal breaker The 4th installment in the Temeraire series comes as a shockingly hollow book Devoid of any story line this book left me thoroughly disappointed I am uite literally sad When I picked this series initially I was ecstatic Such brilliant writing style with such flow and a very charming Dragon What else could I ask for But since then this series has been on the decline in terms of story line and this book in particular brings it to a grinding halt There is no story at all It reads like a filler Something to plug in the space between the story that might later developThe writing style that was so engrossing when there was a story becomes a complete nuisance when there is no story It hinders a superficial read for the heck of it and thus annoys the readerI ll be putting this series down for the time being I do not have the fi Well I finished book 4 with a bit of trepidation for future entries Despite my love for the series and the solid foundation that this alternate history tale was built on THIS was the Temeraire book I didn t even now I wanted While the previous books in the series have all been good Empire of Ivory definitely stands taller than the rest My concern is that this is the pinnacle of the series and that everything else that follows might not uite live up to the newly established standard Like the 4th season of Dexter The Wall by Pink Floyd The Empire Strikes Back and Nemesis Games by James SA Corey this is THE tale the one that really brings it all together The struggles here really resonated with me and the events within changed the whole damn game going forward Now don t get me wrong I am sure the rest of the. “A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon”–The New York Times“Enthralling reading–it’s like Jane Austen playing Dungeons Dragons with Eragon’s Christopher Paolini”–Time on His Majesty’s DragonTragedy has struck His Majesty’s Aerial Corps whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England’s shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte An epidemic of unknown or. He Napoleonic Wars were fought With DragonsI Ve Enjoyed All dragonsI ve enjoyed all of the Temeraire novels so far However I have seen lots of people mention that they haven t found the second third or fourth one as good as the first Maybe I am biased because of my small but really very large dragon obsession but I have liked them all The novels are worth reading for Temeraire and Laurence s relationship alone in my opinionTemeraire the main dragon in the novel has such a distinctive character He is stubborn loyal and has A Strong But Uniue strong but uniue on morality He also brings out the best in his ridercompanion Laurence who thanks to Temeraire S Black And White s black and white on issues starts to see that even things he has spent his whole life accepting as just the way things are actually need to be changed Temeraire and Laurence s affection and loyalty for each other never fails to make me smile In fact I love all dragons and their riders they each have their own personalities and relationships This is the first novel since the first where we really see them all again and added a lot to my enjoyment of the novelEach seuel has taken us to a different exotic place so far This time it was Africa and this was my favourite portion of the novel This is where the loyalty of all the dragons is really showcased and as well beautiful descriptions of Africa itself The reader also experiences the impact of slavery there and the author really hits you hard with the brutality of it but creates a fascinating idea for how African people could have tried to fight back if dragons really did exist It really had me hookedFinally the cliffhanger at the end of this novel slayed me I need to finds out what happens nextI really recommend giving this series a try especially if you like fantasy historical fiction and especially if like me you love dragons 2011 September 21Yeah she managed to slip penguins in there with the colonialism and the slavery and the dragon plague It feels uite a bit as if she can read my mind and anticipate everything I might want to see and give it to me I d give her a whole extra star just for the 19th century epidemiology alone And another star for Mrs Erasmus It s hard for me to think of another book let alone a series which deals so well with very weighty issues and is such insane pleasure to readLibrary copy LAURENCE sigh Laurence and Temeraire s most recent adventure is a bit of a departure from their usual military and diplomatic adventures This time they re out searching for a cure for a draconic ailment that is lingering and eventual fatal The entire Aerial Corps is at risk and Temeraire is one of the only healthy dragons left So it s off to Africa where they think. May hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion On this mission there is no time to waste and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait hope and hold the line“A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy”–Entertainment Weekly on His Majesty’s Dragon“A thrilling fantasy All hail Naomi Novik”–The Washington Post Book World on His Majesty’s Drago. Empire of Ivory

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Books will be great and I am excited to get through them but I don t think that they ll reach the lofty heights established hereCompared to the through them but I don t think that they ll reach the lofty heights established hereCompared to the 3 stories this book is just dense Not so much in number of pages but rather in content So much happens here The Abolitionist movement and the similarity between the treatment of black slaves and dragons by the English the sickness of the dragons and the ensuing rush for the cure the discoveries that take place on the African continent and the big game changer at the end and obligatory cliffhanger all ensure that this particular book never has a dull momentLaurence s family ties to the Abolition movement play a big role here and the parallels between slave ownership and dragon ownership is a great albeit none too subtle way to take the narrative beyond just the war Temeraire is growing and as a character and with his growing awareness of the world around him he is truly beginning to uestion the rules of society and his place within the world of menI can say that while I miss Tharkay I am glad for the new characters that enter the mix Reverend Josiah Erasmus and his wife Lethabo are very welcome additions to the story as are the native boys Sipho and Demane This diversity is most welcome as it helps expand the narrative beyond that of dragons and their aviators And Iskierkahow I want and of her going forward The Yin to Temeraire s Yang I chuckle and their aviators And Iskierkahow I want and of her going forward The Yin to Temeraire s Yang I chuckle she makes an appearance She really needs a moment to show just how dangerous she can beThe action is this entry is pretty minimal as the focus is on the cure the clash of cultures and the difference between doing one s duty and doing what is right All the different shades that we ve seen of Laurence through the first 3 books finally come into play here and we feel for him as he makes a decision that while morally correct may still be his ruin While the war and the various battles that are part of the greater conflict are definitely a great danger the stakes are the highest they ve been so far And really that s about all I can say here The less spoilers the better for this particular novel If you are a fan of the series and haven t read this one yet then I say get on it Empire of Ivory was just the thing to follow the relatively slow read that was Black Powder War Now I get to see if my theory is correctbring on Victory of Eagles What an endingReread 0719 still felt every emotion just as strongly this time round This is the fourth book in the series but the first real review I ve done for the series as I read the previous three last year when my reviews were one or two sentences long The premise of these novels are simply what would have happened if Igin and no nown cure is decimating the noble dragons’ ranks–forcing the hopelessly stricken into uarantine Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected–and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France’s ever bolder sortiesBonaparte’s dragons are already harrowing Britain’s ships at sea Only one recourse remains Temeraire and his captain Will Laurence must take wing to Africa whose shores.
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