Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2)
History takes flight in the second book of Naomi Novik’s deliciously addictive series which captures the Napoleonic period perfectly and skillfully layers the timeline with imagination by adding a Dragon Air Force to the battle for England.
Captain William Laurence of the British Air Corps and his dragon, Temeraire, begin their slow voyage to China, fearful that upon landin...more
In this second book in the Temeraire series, Laurence and Temeraire must travel to China. In the first book it was discovered that Temeraire was a Chinese dragon meant as a gift to the French. Now, the Chinese apparently want their dragon back and they will stop at nothing t...more
1. This is absolutely one of the best Simon Vance performances I have ever listened to. His Temeraire is not what I imagined when I read the first book myself, but it forever will be now. Vance expertly captured every nuance of the young dragon with Chinese roots.
2. This is what Temeraire looks like in my head. Deal with it.
As I discovered in reading the previous book in the Temeraire series, His Majesty's Dragon, th...more
I do have to say that her portrayal of dragons isn't my ideal. The dragons in this series think and act almost exactly like humans, whereas I would expect them to have a less fathomable intelligence and a vastly different worldvi...more
The first book is great fun, but this one did not need to exist. The characters who were great came back dull, the okay ones came back interchangeable, and there is absolutely nothin...more
Imagine the world in the 1800’s. Tall sail ships sailed across sea monster infested waters. Imagine this world with dragons – all kinds of dragons. Dragons of every size, color, and ability. Intelligent dragons that are used as an air force. This is the world of Throne of Jade.
Throne of Jade is the continuation of His Majesty’s Dragon. At the end of His Majesty’s dragon, it was discovered that the cute and cuddly Temeraire was in fact, a Celestial dragon. Celestial dragons are a very rare breed...more
So . . . it turns out I don’t really like travelogs. And that takes away a lot of the interest in these books, because to me, a lot of this comes across as, “and then they sailed for a while, and then there was a storm, and then they had a fancy ship dinner, and then they sailed some more.” I mean, it’s all functional and it’s a...more
The main problem is that much of the book is taken up with a long sea journey as Laurence and Tememraire are recalled to China. The Chinese want their Celestial Dragon back, and are not happy that a mere naval officer is in charge of such a rare and highly prized dragon.
The sea voyage itself is both long and boring, as such journeys often are. The author livens it up as best she...more
It's hard to write a second novel in a series to meet all the expectations present. When a first novel rises out of nowhere, part of its allure is how it takes people by surprise and pulls them into that type of fantasy world that only rarely happens. The second novel then comes with those expectations and the unasked question is whether that first book was a fluke.
This book sealed for me that the first one was not a fluke. It also, was a very brave decision to avoid the tem...more
I spent the first chunk of this book made uncomfortable by the way that Temeraire (or - perhaps I should say Lung Tien Xiang) and Laurence are set opposite Yongxing. I was preparing myself for a plot that embraced the worst of East/West stereotyping.
I wasn't prepared for the way th...more
După aflarea rasei din care Temeraire face parte, o rasă extrem de rară, este de la sine înţeles că Împăratul Chinei nu va renunţa atât de uşor la dragonul destinat iniţial lui Napoleon Bonaparte. Întrebarea care se ridică e: de ce ar...more
“Throne of Jade” has imperial China asserting ownership rights to the dragon Te...more
There are some great action scenes in this novel. However, I found the most interesting part was Temeraire's intellectual growth. It was...more
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