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
Introducing…Throne of Jade: the pros and cons.
Yes, I'm starting with the cons, so what? This is my review, I do want I want.
The pace is slow.
Wait. No. It's not slow. It's painfully slow. That kind of painfully slow:
There isn't much action.
There is so little action here that Laurence reading to Temeraire at night feels like a major event. Exciting, right?
There is a story, but it's not that gripping.
Laurence, Temeraire and friends are on a boat ...more
There are parts of this book I really enjoyed and then there are parts of this book that totally bored me. Naomi Novak’s writing is always beautiful and detailed and had I not read Uprooted before starting this series I might not have had such high expectations but alas I did and so I wanted something more.
Throne of Jade is a lot more about cultural differences, social acceptances and politicking. Unlike His Majesty’s Dragon whic ...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
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
The story has enough of Temeraire and Will to satisfy, and plenty more in the form new dragons, a new country, great action and interesting history, but it really tested my patience.
My chief complaint, is that most of the book was a journey and NOTHING happened in between, apart from a single interesting incident involving a sea-serpent. It was a chore turning pages and ...more
A buddy read with my buddies from BBB and loving it!
I thought I knew dragons, since I am well versed on Dragon behavior due to my rich PNR expertise. I already knew that DRAGONS are petulant, temperamental, strong willed, gorgeous, smart, always hungry, and charming. Now I see they get sick and act like babies, just like real men do, get preconceived notions, are ready to get into a fight at the slightest provocation, and like spicy foods :-) I am glad there is much more to learn abo ...more
Slow start. Old-fashioned feel to it, meshes well with other period-dramas I have read of that time. The naval jargon sounds true. I like that there are different types of dragons, it gives lots of options and keeps them interesting.
Excellent world-building, great scenic descriptions. Good fight and battle scenes. Great travel narrative.
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
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
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
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
If you haven’t read His Majesty’s Dra ...more
I loved how the friendship between Laurence and Temeraire was forged in the first book, and here the relationship continues to develop. I enjoyed how the ...more
Really good sequel. In this one, we have Laurence and Temeraire going to China, once it was discovered that Temeraire is a unique breed of dragon that the Chinese keep for the Imperial family. The Chinese are furious that "lowly" Laurence became Temeraire's aviator and demand him back.
The best parts of the book are Temeraire's and Laurence's discussions on freedom. Once Laurence gets to China, he discovers that the Chinese treat their dragons like sentient beings that can make their ...more
I didn't like the second volume as much as the first because I thought the pacing was slightly worse, and I was not quite happy with the solutions to the mysteries (view spoiler)[ - the plot twists were too straightforward and obvious, so I guessed very little because I kept overcomplicating. They think X is guilty? That's too easy, it must be someone ...more
Not a dull moment to be had in this sequel, despite much of the story taking place as a long transit between principal locations. Naomi is building her world bit by bit, never dunking us in the deep-end nor holding our hand to explain the obvious. She expands her mythology with tantalising sparseness and beautiful description. Her characters are as fantastic as previous, even the ones we meet only in passing. H ...more
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