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Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  17,261 ratings  ·  1,033 reviews
This follow-up to His Majesty's Dragon--the second book in Novik's acclaimed fantasy series--reimagines the Napoleonic Wars with an air corps of manned combat dragons. Original.
Mass Market Paperback, 398 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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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
Abby Johnson
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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BJ Rose
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
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Tom Wolfem
Absolutely fantastic. A superb follow-on from the first book and no less exceptional.

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
Hazel West
Again, Naomi Novik does an amazing job. I'm definitely hooked on this series now. The characters are all very likable, the story believable despite being fantasy, and the descriptions of the times they were in China were lovely and made you feel as if you were really there. The "dogfights" between the dragons were well written to a point where I could picture every move (this coming from someone who has written aerial combat scenes before, but with Nuiports and Fokkers, not with dragons!) And no ...more

The Chinese government has chosen to be offended when they learn that the dragon egg they gave to the French hatched on a Royal Navy ship and is being raised – heaven forbid! – British.

Building off the real world history of the McCarthy kowtow disaster (an excellent example of how to screw up on just about every level) the characters set off for China to try and smooth ruffled Chinese feathers, get some favorable British trade treaties set up, and convince all sides that it isn’t a threat to any
3.5 stars. Good second novel but not quite as good as the first (which was terrific). Still it has great characters and excellent writing. Recommended.
I have downgraded my original rating from 5 to 4 stars, as the book is great but not as good as I remembered it being.

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
This book was good, it was not as good as His Majesty's Dragon. But I think that is a risk that you take with series. Not ALL of the books in EVERY series are going to be GREAT. Some are even barely readable, but I have yet to read a series that did not redeem itself somewhere down the line. And it is not like I went from 5 stars with HMD to 1 star with ToJ. It only went down 1 whole star point. Why? Because it did what a second of a series book is supposed to do. It got a little further into th ...more
It took me a while to read Throne of Jade, despite how much I loved Temeraire (or His Majesty's Dragon, for you non-Brits). But Black Powder War is due back at the library tomorrow, no renewal possible, so I finally raced through Throne of Jade in hopes of finishing both it and Black Powder War in time to return them to the library tomorrow. I think I might even manage it, given an hour or two of quiet to read in the morning, perhaps even in the library itself. When you actually get down to it, ...more
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.
Tzu-mainn Chen
'Throne of Jade' is the second novel in the 'Temeraire' sequence of novels that posit an alternate history of the Napoleonic Wars, one where dragons fight alongside men. Oddly enough this fantastical setting still provides an effective ground-level view of the era; the reactions of the officers and soldiers to events known only to history books feel human and real. Add to this some effective window dressing, especially the stilted formality of speech that I love, and you gain a fantasy novel tha ...more
So this was a nice turn. I think I liked it marginally less than the first, if only because the dragons weren't quite as novel the second time and the pacing languished in places. I love that Temeraire has such a firmly-held belief in freedom and equality and is able to argue and embellish his point with all that he's learned in his adventures. And that Laurence isn't his foil, but isn't able to fully contain the enthusiasm of his companion. I enjoyed the contrasting pictures of British and Chin ...more
Setting: 1806 England, at sea, and in China. In this episode, Captain Will Laurence is ordered — by no less than First Lord of the British Admiralty — to gives his beloved dragon Temeraire (see prequel) to Prince Yongxing, brother of the Jiaqing Emperor. According to Yongxing, the Chinese emperor wants his rare Celestial dragon back, or he may block trade routes, restrict and restrain the East India Company, seize ships and merchandise, etc. According to Chinese law, Celestials are only companio ...more
Emilie Smith
May 07, 2008 Emilie Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emilie by: Nathan and Laura
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This presents the intrigue between the incredible dragon, Temeraire, and his Captain Lawrence in the Palace of the Emperor of China. Fascinating details of the Chinese culture during this period, including food, dress, and architecture. Interesting palace intrigue and insights into the mind of a dragon.
Aug 24, 2014 Ingrid rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingrid by: lauraღ
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I happen to really like travelogues so this book was a lot of fun for me. I've seen some bad reviews and I can understand who it won't work for some - the pacing is a little languid at times and the plot happens in fits and starts. But I had a ton of fun. Temeraire and Laurence are still delightful and I'm all about worldbuilding so seeing the universe and expanded and made more complex was just a treat. Having that worldbuilding show the world outside of Britain was great, I'm pretty done with ...more
I read most of this almost 2 weeks ago and just finished it today. I usually never wait this long to finish something up. But my hubs was in the hospital and I can't focus on reading when I have extreme drama happening around me. I have a friend who is the exact opposite, but my mind wanders with rebellion and I can't focus.

I enjoyed this one which is the second book in the Temeraire series. I liked the first one, His Majesty's Dragon, better. This one lagged in some spots. I kept wanting the p
Bart Breen
A Strong Second Novel

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
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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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Temeraire (9 books)
  • His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
  • Black Powder War (Temeraire #3)
  • Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)
  • Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)
  • Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire, #6)
  • Crucible of Gold (Temeraire, #7)
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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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