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Jadevaltaistuin (Temeraire #2)

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Älykästä luettavaa sekä historian että fantasian ystäville – odotettu jatko-osa!

Kuninkaan lohikäärme Temeraire ja hänen lentäjänsä Will Lawrence ovat todellisessa pulassa. Käy ilmi, että Temeraire oli kiinalaisten lähettämä lahja Napoleonille, eikä sen päätyminen ilmavoimien kapteenin hoivaan sovi heistä lohikäärmeen arvolle. Kiina haluaa Temerairen takaisin Isolta-Britann
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published 2010 by WSOY (first published April 25th 2006)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with the BBB gang starting December 11, 2015.

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
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read with my Dragon loving peeps at Buddies Books and Baubles

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
A fun read, but not quite as captivating as the first book. We got an interesting look at shipboard life as they travel for a long time, which made the book drag a bit, but not too much. The story had some twists & turns, some quite unexpected. From the long build up, it seemed to end quickly & completely, much to my surprise. A bit too abruptly & neatly, perhaps. I look forward to reading the next book, which I have, but I won't be reading it next. I don't feel I HAVE to read the ne ...more
Two important things I must establish before getting on with the actual review:

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
Abby Johnson
Apr 27, 2007 Abby Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read reviews that say this second book in the Temeraire series is boring... I would have to disagree. There are sea monsters, battles, assassination attemps, intrigue, and an allusion to dragon sex. What's not to love???

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
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Another book that I have been putting off writing a review for, because I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I thought I would.

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
Aug 13, 2015 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I have to admonish my past self for only giving this second Temeraire book a measly 3 stars. I think I was in the "new to Goodreads, must add EVERYTHING I've ever read!" mode, and just arbitrarily scored this so I could move on to the next addition to the list. But for whatever reason, I am glad that I got the reread under my belt, as this deserves more than 3 stars for sure. It may not be a 5 star read, and also isn't quite as good as His Majesty's Dragon, but it's still a fantastic ...more
Nada emocionante en esta segunda entrega. Se aburre uno leyendo como Temerario y su jockey (el capitán ese) se van a China a ver si descubren los orígenes del dragoncito.

Más o menos.

Olvidable. No malo, malo, pero olvidable. No sigo con la saga.
Dec 14, 2015 Choko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4 ***

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
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Audiobook narrated by Simon Vance

In Book two of this series, the Chinese have learned that the gift they were sending to Napoleon (an unhatched dragon’s egg) was intercepted by the British. Now a delegation arrives demanding the return of the Celestial dragon, which, by tradition, can only belong to a member of the royal family. But Capt Laurence is not about to turn Temeraire over; and the dragon does not want to be parted from his beloved Laurence. So the two travel to the Far East to plead th
Cathy (cathepsut)
Patrick O'Brien meets Anne MacCaffrey. Apparently this picks up right where the first book ended. It's been five years, sounds about right from what I remember.

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.

Apr 05, 2011 Glee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m beginning to think of this series as sort of eating M&M’s. That are good for you. I kinda want to give them 5-stars, and maybe I should, but reading them tires me in some way. Maybe that is because I stay up late into the wee hours reading them. I really like inserting dragons into history, and this series does it well. But it is much more than just making sense (and fun) of Victorian sensibilities. Actually, the author does a very good job of putting you inside the head of someone who b ...more
Novik goes from strength to strength. Because Temeraire is naive but intelligent, she has the opportunity to question all the wrongs of Regency British society and colonialism, and to defend them according to the beliefs of the time. Maybe there are other writers who can evoke so much about time and place and character from the difficulty of finding suitable evening wear, but most writers overlook such prosaic material, particularly in a series that has war and adventure at its core. Brilliant s ...more
Jamie Collins
This second book in the series is very entertaining. I'm impressed with Novik's writing. The plot is much less predictable this time around and the action scenes are nicely timed. Novik is a fan of Patrick O'Brian and Jane Austen, and her love for this period is obvious.

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
While the pace of the book was considerably slower than in the first one, I still enjoyed it immensely. The journey to China was long but it paid off, since we learned a lot about the history and characteristics of dragons. It definitely had a more scholar feeling to it, especially near the end.

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
Roberta Jayne
2.5 stars. While I still love Temeraire and am definitely going to read the next book in this series, I have to admit that I was shockingly disappointed by this second instalment. The eloquent writing style and the craft that went into creating characters and locations in this book were enjoyable things to experience, yet I was incredibly frustrated nonetheless. The first half of the book was very, very slow - and I don't know if that's because the book had pacing issues or because I kept gettin ...more
I enjoyed this second book in the Temeraire series. It had a lot in common with the first book, His Majesty's Dragon, in that Laurence was at times too perfect, and things worked out for him "just so" a bit too neatly. The story isn't particularly deep, but that's ok, it was still fun to read and get lost in the world of the early 1800's when Napoleon was on a quest for world domination and the English were trying to stop him--with dragons. This time, we took a trip to China and didn't see much ...more
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
This book combines two of my least favorite aspects of the fantasy genre--unnecessary sequels and endless travelogues--into a vortex of boredom. I almost never give up 320 pages into a 400-page book, but I am already kicking myself for having read as far as I did and see no point to wasting any more of my life on it.

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 alt Napoleonic War with Temeraire, the princessiest dragon that ever princessed, and the former naval captain he loves. Except now the Chinese want to take him back.

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
Feb 06, 2012 Sofia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 04, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the mix of (alternate) history, battles, China, and especially dragons.
Sep 17, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this second novel in the Temeraire series quite as much as the first, but it was still a good read. Novik has a way of making her story come to life, and I really found myself connected to her characters. After reading this novel I still wanted to read more of the series, and I am really glad that I kept at it. It is a very relaxing and enjoyable series, and it is perfect if you are looking for something light and relaxing.
Scott Sigler
Book II of this wonderful series takes Lawrence & Temeraire to China and introduces a new dragon/human culture. Book I was straightforward in presenting the concept of an "air force of dragons" in the napoleonic wars. Book II delves a little deeper, using dragons as a metaphor for the abolitionist movement and exploring the definition of what it means to be a sentient being deserving of inalienable rights. Novak doesn't get preach at all with this, and delves into the concept from the perspe ...more
Ben Babcock
I started re-reading the entire Temeraire series recently. I didn’t post a new review of His Majesty’s Dragon, because I felt my original review said everything that needed to be said. Throne of Jade, however, has been lingering on my to-reread shelf for years, a somewhat hyperbolic five stars attached to it, no explanation. So it’s only fair I give it a review it deserves. Yes, I’ve downgraded it to a satisfactory three stars. But that still means it’s good.

If you haven’t read His Majesty’s Dra
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 stars. Despite having more action and scenes of battle within its pages, I didn't think Throne of Jade was as engaging as the first book. In this second installment, Temeraire and Laurence are mired in political troubles with China after discovering that Temeraire is a Celestial dragon, a prized breed reserved only for the Imperial family.

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
Feb 11, 2008 Kit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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BJ Rose
Sep 04, 2009 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to the continuation of the Temeraire series, but midway through this book I doubted that it would rate any more than a tepid 3* rating. His Majesty's Dragon ended with the information that Temeraire was a Celestial dragon that the Chinese now wanted back. They had given the dragon egg to the French (and we learn the reason for this near the end of this book), but now state that a Celestial deserves a handler with royal blood, and Laurence definitely does not fit that ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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**3.5 stars**

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
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An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. She studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to partic ...more
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“Those men want to take Laurence from me, and put him in prison, and execute him, and I will not let them, ever, and I do not care if Laurence tells me not to squash you," he added, fiercely, to Lord Barham.
— Temeraire
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