Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
Narrated by Simon Vance
(Temeraire #2)on April 25th, 2006
Genres: Adult, Historical Fantasy
Page Length: 398 pages
Audio Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces.
Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.
Here’s another bare-bones, just-my-notes review ;-).
- Awesome narration. The narration of this whole series is excellent and I can’t imagine reading them any other way! All the dragons have different voices along with accents for a whole range of people.
- Seeing another part of the world of dragons. As you might be able to tell from the title, Throne of Jade partially takes place in China! Given Temeraire’s origins, if you know them, that’s exciting ;-).
- Different way of dragons interacting with humans. A lot of the interest of China when it comes to dragons is that the Chinese people and government deal with dragons in a very different way than the Brits. Dragons are considered independent entities that must earn their own money and make their own way in the world. They may partner with people to mutual benefit, but they aren’t captives. This leads to things like the smaller dragons not being able to afford as nice of food as the larger/more talented dragons and brings up interesting questions about human society as well.
- Lots more dragon breeds. Since the Chinese are considered dragon-breeding experts, we get much more familiar with a number of new dragon breeds that were sort of on the edges in the previous book. Give me fictional dragon facts and I’m a happy reader.
- Temeraire and Laurence bond tested. This pair has obviously been through a fair amount already, but Throne of Jade definitely ups the stakes. Temeraire has to decide what kind of life he ultimately wants to live and Laurence isn’t sure what the answer will be….
- Historical language used about the Chinese. And by historical language, I mean words that are now considered slurs, but historically were acceptable in British culture. Always hard for me to listen to and I’m sure would be bothersome to some readers.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
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