Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3)
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Black Powder War (Temeraire #3)

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After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. T...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published 2010 by Voyager (first published January 1st 2006)
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Kevan
This was another foray into the foreign culture and politics of the Napoleonic era, this time exploring first Istanbul and the Turkish people and then moving north to the crushing military defeat suffered by the Prussians at Napoleon's hands.

I'm sorry to say I think the author fell prey to her own fascination with the military history of the time and lost sight of what the reader's personal interests might be. The second part of the book, the Prussian campaign, dragged considerably. The endless...more
Sofia
TEMERAIRE IS BACK, BITCHES!





So yeah, my worries about this series going downhill after Throne of Jade were completely unnecessary!

A few mindblowingly awesometacular things Black Powder War brough to this series:

-Tharkay. That is all. Tharkay alone is enough reason to read this series. Without spoiling anything about him, I can pretty much guarantee that you will find Tharkay, in and of himself, mindblowingly awesometacular.

-The trip around the world was way, way better executed in this book. It...more
Otherwyrld
Book 3 of the series sees Temeraire, Captain Laurence and their crew on an urgent mission - to go from China to Istanbul to pick up three dragon eggs. The author wisely does not spend a huge amount of time on the first part of the journey, though at times I wish a map had been included to chart their journey. I must admit that I also could not understand why the journey was through the deserts of Eastern China, rather than going south and across India. Nevertheless, this part of the journey is e...more
Angela
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Stephen
3.5 stars. Book three of the excellent Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. The world Novik has created and the special relationship between Temeraire and Laurence make these books a lot of fun to read. Add to that the fact that Novik can write very well and you have all the makings for a really good series. Recommended!!
Stefan
The first book of this series, His Majesty's Dragon, is an enjoyable alternate history fantasy in which the Napoleonic Wars are changed by the addition of an air force, comprised of domesticated dragons. It's an enjoyable and tightly written book, well researched and written in (what appears to my layman's eye) a historically accurate style. I enjoyed the story of Laurence, a naval captain who accidentally captures a rare dragon's egg and becomes Temeraire's - the dragon's - captain and companio...more
Nathan
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Welcome back and let’s get a recap of the game so far. In the all black we have Temeraire and let me tell you this dragon is awesome. Two languages right out of the shell, a roar that destroys anything it’s path, and a captain that will do anything for him.

Facing the mighty Temeraire and his British crew are the French, led by their captain Napoleon. The Frogs have picked up a great free agent signing, strategy master Lien, the only other Celestial active in the Europeon war....more
Lark
I am seriously becoming progressively more disenchanted with this series the longer I continue reading. The faults seem to magnify and the good points seem to dwindle the more I read.

These books seem more like a historical recounting rather than story. Before, in the other two books, the focus was more on the characters and the world. But now, the main importance seems more about political ideologies and the war between France and the world. Perhaps it is because I don't habitually enjoy histori...more
S.
Alright, I'm furious. I've read this one before. See my review for Temeraire, which I now realize was this book, complete with the wrong cover, the wrong title etc.
How can a publisher make a gargantuan mistake like that?

Cover: Temeraire.
Inside content: Black Powder War.

Also I now realize I have never read the actual first book before and have to go back and find a proper copy of it.

All the references of Laurence being made an aviator from naval captain were aspects the writer alluded to but had...more
Chloe
A fine continuation of the series. Temeraire and Lawrence, after spending all of the previous book journeying to China, must now make haste to Turkey to retrieve some dragon eggs that Turkey has recently sold to the British Air Corps. There follows a fantastic trip down the spice roads that two centuries previously had led Marc Polo to Asia, easily the best part of the book. Sandstorms, camel thieves and feral dragons make for some interesting alternative history.

The story staggers for a bit wh...more
Tracey
Last read Feb 2008 - listening to audiobook Jul 2011

The third in the series - Temeraire, Laurenec and crew are sent on a mission to retrieve 2 dragon eggs from Istanbul, and must cross the width of Eurasia to do so. Along the way they endure privations, clash cultures with Middle Easterners, meet a band of feral dragons and (once they reach Europe again) become involved in military engagements.

I would have liked to have seen more of how the Arab culture dealt with dragons; tho with Laurence &...more
Alex
This book is a little more meandering than the other two, but she hasn't dried out her well of interesting ideas. There are several interesting new characters and the plot actually does move forward.

The dragons are again brilliant characters, who bring a unique perspective that differs not just from our own, but also in interesting ways from the point of view of the human characters. These conflicts form the moral center of this novel and are what really elevate it to a four, instead of just a t...more
Jim
It might have been just my mood, but I felt this was pretty boring. I had to force myself through the last half, because I found I really didn't care what happened to the main characters - no suspense. I knew they'd be OK. Those who die are bit parts, rarely thought of before hand & quickly forgotten afterward. The story line was rote. I actually guessed the route they'd take before they got there & I'm not that much of a historian.

It was probably as well written as the previous novels,...more
Dennis D.
This is the third book of the 'Temeraire' series, the first of which was published here in the U.S. under the title His Majesty’s Dragon. The series so far is an alternate history of the Napoleonic War era that supposes Great Britain and France each have an "air force" consisting of sentient dragons. While not critical, knowing the both the dragon lore and the primary characters from the first two books in the series was helpful.

Capt. Will Laurence, the dragon Temeraire and what's left of their...more
Melbourne on my mind
Plot summary: Temeraire, his captain, William Laurence, and his crew are back on ship, ready to sail back to England from China, when a letter is received ordering them to Istanbul to collect three dragon eggs England has purchased. When the ship catches fire, they decide to travel overland and encounter many dangers. Upon arrival in Istanbul, they are more or less taken prisoner, and refused the eggs. They ultimately escape, and are en route home when they become involved in the Prussian land w...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I'm still enjoying this series, but I think the spark, that initial sense of magic and wonderment I first felt when I read His Majesty's Dragon, has faded.

I believe the ongoing war against Napoleon and the action-filled aerial dragon battles are meant to be the focus and highlight of these books, and that unique premise certainly sets this series apart from much of the other fantasy offerings out there. But if I'm to be completely honest, while reading this third book, I found myself constantly...more
Justin
I went back and forth with this book, trying to decide whether I should be annoyed at the plot and structure problems (which are present in previous entries in the series, and aren’t really getting any better), or to take a hint from my sincere enjoyment of what I was reading, which echoes the “holy crap alternate history dragons Napoleon wooo!” enthusiasm I felt reading the first book. I think the latter somewhat edged the former; this isn’t a perfect book, but I liked it a whole lot, especiall...more
Peggy
The third book featuring Novik's unique mashup of Napoleanic War tales and dragons, Black Powder War sees Will Laurence and his dragon Temeraire leaving China and making their way overland to Istanbul to take charge of 3 dragons eggs purchased by the British government. The journey is rough, their guide is questionable, and Laurence struggles daily with an incredibly intelligent dragon who has little respect for any authority that isn't his and who has begun to wonder at the way dragons are trea...more
Nikki
I had to read Black Powder War very fast, as it was due back to the library today and I only finished the previous book in the series yesterday. It wasn't a chore, though. The pacing was better than the second book in any case, and it's very easy to just sink into it and enjoy the world. There was one stretch where it did drag a little, and I took a break, but considering I read it in three stretches of about 100 pages each, that's not saying much. That part was a bit too concerned with the mili...more
Siria
I had always thought that the Temeraire series was a trilogy, not comprised of at least six books, and only realised by mistake when I got to the end of this book. That cleared up some of my confusion as to the pacing and subject matter of this book.

Only some, though. While I still liked the book, it is my least favourite of the series so far. Black Powder War tipped the balance of the series in favour of a more in-depth treatment of battle scenes such as the alternate history of the Battle of J...more
Wil
Like some of the other reviews here, I was sadly a little disappointed with this book. Having so liked the previous books, it was even more of a disappointment. I found myself longing for more scenes with Temeraire and far less discourse about the long desert journey they take with the various requisite encounters with various baddies. The dragon is clearly the most compelling character in the series, and he was treated more or less as a side character who occasionally injected litte more than s...more
Donna
As Laurence and Temeraire prepare to leave China, they receive urgent orders that lead them to head back west by the faster but more dangerous land route. On their return to Europe, they have a pair of adventures that involve dragon eggs, broken agreements, and surprising allies.

This is the second book in a row that doesn't include much from the side characters introduced in the first novel. There are several new characters, both human and dragon, and one of them quickly became a favorite. But T...more
Hazel West
I think these books just keep getting better, because this was my favorite so far! I always like stories set in India and the Middle Eastern countries because they always add that good old fashioned adventure story flavor to them like Indiana Jones and such. The fight scenes in this story were brilliant as usual, and, once again, I found myself astonished that there really were not dragons in the Napoleonic wars. The way Naomi Novik put them into the battle scenes, even the land battles, was so...more
Karen
Another terrific entry (#3) in Novik's Temeraire series. This time the dragon, Captain Will Lawrence and their crew attempt to return to England from China by land, stopping in Istanbul to pick up three dragon eggs which the British government has purchased from the Turks. Much more action in this book than the previous one, particularly when they end up fighting with the Prussians against Napoleon's forces at Jena. It has really whetted my interest in the particulars of Napoleon's campaigns and...more
Jack Harrison
After reading three books in this series, I am starting to see it's flaws while still having mostly unchecked adoration. It feels like there's a lot of journeying that sometimes takes up time that could be better spent on plot development, for example, but really the last few scenes more than made up for all of my quibbles. I love Novik's characterization and all the journeying does mean a well-developed sprawling fantasy earth, which hits a lot of buttons for me.
Julie
I finally finished this book after having lost it for a goodly number of months. This is as strong as previous books in the series, but sadder, grimmer. I like how Novik is tackling the problem of enslaved dragons (after I read the first book, I said "that's all well and good, but these dragons are enslaved." The friend who gave me the books assured me that the subject would come up later, and he was right), and Temeraire continues to be a strong, delightful character.
Julia
I really liked this book despite hating the plot. Or not hating just... I don't like books about war/battles/blah. So boring to me personally - obviously other people enjoy this stuff. But I was just like, can we end the war and chat about dragons? Just kill Bonaparte! Then be done with it!

So I don't like reading about battles anyways and then my side was LOSING and ugh they were killing my side like nobody's business so clearly that's not going to endear this book to me.

But then there was a new...more
Tandava Brahmachari
I still just adore Temeraire, and the dragons in general, and I have a lot of respect for Capt. Laurence as well. But I really haven't been enjoying the plot very much. (view spoiler)...more
Shiloh (Fantastic Reading)
With orders to proceed to Istanbul and pick up two dragon eggs, Temeraire and Laurence head overland from China to Turkey. It is a difficult journey, and doesn't yield the results they expected: an enemy from China has beaten them to Turkey and ruined their plans. Now in possession of two stolen dragon eggs, Laurence and Temeraire are sucked into the European theater of the Napoleonic Wars, and things are not going well.

Black Powder War was much better paced than Throne of Jade; even though it c...more
Carol
I'll be honest - I found this book substantially less riveting than the previous two. While I liked the Jane Austen/Christopher Paolini mash-up feeling to the series, this third installment seemed more ponderous, which didn't help to keep my attention.
Black Powder War sees Laurence and Teremeire travel from China, across scorching deserts, surviving wild horsemen and feral dragons, to Istanbul, where they are stonewalled when they inquire where are the dragon eggs they are so urgently supposed t...more
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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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“It is quite uninteresting; that is why one comes out."
— Temeraire, on being inside an egg
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“I will see you bereft of all that you have, of home and happiness and beautiful things. I will see your nation cast down and your allies drawn away. I will see you as alone and friendless and wretched as am I; and then you may live as long as you like, in some dark and lonely corner of the earth, and I shall call myself content.

-Lien, Albino Celestial (Dragon) ”
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