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Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire #8)

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Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England’s already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slight ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 14, 2013 Mitch rated it liked it
Something strange happened while I was reading Blood of Tyrants... I started to like Temeraire again. This series had me at 'Napoleonic Wars' and 'dragons', but while the first few books ranged from serviceable (His Majesty's Dragon) to standout (Black Powder War), by the time Empire of Ivory rolled around, these books had started to get bogged down in a Carmen Sandiego-esque need to visit exotic world locales and became less about the War or the dragon. For me, the series peaked at Napoleon's i ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Jacob rated it liked it

So. I won Blood of Tyrants from First Reads, although I'm still not sure why. I haven't won anything in a Goodreads giveaway in three years, I only rarely enter contests anymore, and my interest in the Temeraire series has been declining lately, but somehow, for some reason, I gave this contest a try and managed to win the book. Stranger things have happened, I guess. Like forgetting that one has a drago
I guess i'm the only person who didn't mind the amnesia plot? Given that the Temeraire books are not exactly a font of deep and introspective characterization, even a fairly cheap device like amnesia was fairly effective at wringing some out.

I don't know if this is a particularly unusual way to read the books - my impression is that i'm in a minority, anyway - but I've always cared a great deal more about Lawrence than I have about Temeraire. Temeraire is just kind of twee and cute and modern p
Jun 09, 2013 Linette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love spending time with Temeraire and Laurence. This book has three distinct storylines, and contains hardship and confusion, struggle and defiance, reunions and sunderings, adventure and humor, and sometimes even sweet success and exultation. And war, when they meet up once again with their arch nemesis, Napoleon.

These dragons are naive and idealistic in their expectations of humans to behave kindly and intelligently, even though they are frequently betrayed by us. Our odd notions of duty and
4.5, its a really good read, I had a problem with the way lawrance was written in this book, it seemed like a recap of the other books to keep us the reader up to date, but it kinda didnt happen, its hard to explain.

the end is good but another cliffhanger ending.
Not the best in the series, but not bad. This book is broken into three parts. Because they could each be stand-alone books, I rate and review each part separately.

2 Stars for Part One, JAPAN: Laurence washed ashore about 60 miles from the only internationally accessible port -- Nagasaki -- after he got swept overboard, hitting his head, and losing his memory. The authorities are hunting him. A Japanese youth named Junichiro plays a role. Meanwhile, Temeraire frets and Iskierka lays their preci
Aug 16, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
Let me start by saying that Temeraire is easily one of the best characters created in the fantasy genre in the past decade. A fascinating, charming, believable dragon who you would definitely want to be friends with.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, this book suffers from Reverse-Jordanitis. Jordanitis is a terrible disease, named after the late Robert Jordan. Jordanitis (an ailment of my own naming) occurs when an author writes too much about too little (I used to joke that Jordan could write 500 p
Captain William Laurence has fallen into the sea during a tremendous storm, leaving him stranded in Japan with no memory of the past 7 years or his life with Temeraire. The political situation in Japan is about to explode with William sits in the center.

Vague memories arise but when Temeraire and William are reunited he still can’t remember their friendship and years together.

The story continues as they trek to China and then to Russia. Glimpses of memories resurface but Termeraire is remorsefu
Blood of Tyrants is the 8th book in Naomi Novik's wonderful alternative history of Napoleonic Wars. Completely re-imagined with the addition of dragons as major weapons of war, Novik has journeyed around the world. While the central conflict between England and France forms the main focus of the series, there have been excursions to Brazil, the Aztecs, Australia, Africa and China. While war has always been a mainstay of the series, the poor treatment of the dragons by the British and other count ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dragons, beloved, china
2014 October 12

I loved it so much that I haven't really been interested in anything else since I finished it. So much, that I'm only happy reading the series over from the start. Dragons in 1812 Japan, China, and Russia! Dragons! I say!

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It's been a real delight tearing through this series and growing to love it more with every book. The few misgivings I had with the first couple of books have fully dispersed by now, and I just love that feeling of being able to trust that an author knows what she's doing and that whatever calamity she next decides to throw her characters into, I will happily follow them across the world (and back again, and around, and then diagonally upwards, maybe), alternately whooping with joy, gnawing my f ...more
Aug 16, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
It was only okay for me. And considering most of the rest of the Temeraire series is on my 'touch and you die' shelf at home, that's saying a lot.

The story was kind of disjointed with three different adventures (Japan - Laurence loses his memory, China - the team goes hunting rebels, Russia - Back to fighting Bonaparte). The three tales didn't mesh well or lead easily one to another. I kept forgetting who the characters were in the earlier stories and why they were important.

I also had a hard ti
Aug 22, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
I hated, hated, HATED the soap-opera-esque plot contrivance that dominated the first half of this book, and when it was unceremoniously cast off (with as little logic as it was introduced, I might add) I rejoiced and was able to enjoy the remainder of the book.

I was glad to see some old favorite characters who had been left out of the Australian and South American adventures return, the foray into Temeraire's love life was fun and I enjoyed seeing the Chinese dragons take center stage, as well.

Jul 19, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2013, netgalley
Advance copy provided by Net Galley-I thought I needed to wait to review it until it was officially released, but the result was that I waited so long to write the review that I forgot why I had only rated it 3 stars originally. I just finished paging through the published copy and feel it deserves a higher rating than my initial one.

Ah, Temeraire and Laurence-one of my absolute favorite literary relationships! That is probably why I was so frustrated with the beginning of the book-they're separ
Melissa McShane
I wasn't as excited about the last two books in the series, despite my enjoyment of the characters, because I signed up for Napoleonic War alternate history fiction and wasn't as interested in Laurence and Temeraire's wandering around Australia and the Americas. This was a welcome return (at least half of it was) to the War, and Napoleon's aggression on Russia.

The first half, though, is a digression into Japan which I also enjoyed because I like reading about Japanese culture in the 19th century
Rk Stark
Aug 20, 2013 Rk Stark rated it it was ok
I am so incredibly disappointed with this book. The author should have waited another year to rethink the extremely poor plot crutch she uses for the first half of the book. Surely she could have come up with something more interesting then amnesia. There was no real need for it except to serve as some sort of stupid explanation of how much Laurence has grown, which could have been much better shown by using Junichiro as a foil.
Junichiro is a young Japanese man who helps Laurence escape to the
Jul 30, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
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Nov 17, 2015 Cherie rated it it was amazing
"Winter had come."

So ends the last published story of Temeraire and Will Laurence until next year.

This book started with the most unexpected opening and flew on for one more startling turn after another. I am exhausted from just listening.

The war with France is still being waged and we leave the fighting on Russian soil as snow is falling.

A five star performance by Simon Vance and and more than five stars, if possible, for Naomi Novik and her imagination. What a story. Bravo!

Barbara ★
As a whole I love this series. Temeraire is the greatest dragon ever! I like that he's intelligent, caring and loving. He doesn't give a crap about the war or British politics. He just loves Laurence and fights because Laurence must.

Unfortunately I hate the whole amnesia plot but it seems to work here. I liked that Laurence had to relearn everything that happened in the last eight years. I did think it unusual that a Japanese man would speak Chinese but other than that the plot in part one seem
Judy Lesley
Aug 09, 2013 Judy Lesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I would be reluctant to advise anyone I know to begin this series with this specific book. If you have read other novels in the series but missed the last book, the plot device of Captain William Laurance having amnesia will stand you in good stead because you can slowly catch up with what was happening in New South Wales and Brazil as he recovers his memory. As it was I read CRUCIBLE OF GOLD in February of 2012, and I had trouble (along with Laurance) with remembering some of what had taken pla ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Jenn rated it it was amazing
This installment of the Temeraire books nearly killed me. I was sad and scared for two of my favorite fictional characters - Laurence and Temeraire - nearly the entire novel. In typical Novik fashion, her characters go from frying pan to fire to fire to conflagration and I feel so stressed and distressed and intrigued that I CONSUMED this story just like all the rest - much too quickly. And, I'm distressed to discover that there is only one more book planned for the series. I can't stand it! The ...more
Morgan Dhu
May 18, 2014 Morgan Dhu rated it it was amazing
I gather from reading Novik's website that there is only one book remaining in the Temeraire series, to be published sometime next year. It's going to be interesting to see how she ends the Napoleonic Wars... And also to see just where Laurence and Temeraire end up.

With part of this book set in Japan and China - both countries where dragons are fully integrated into society along with humans - and the rest in Russia, where dragons are treated as slaves, with those who will not serve hobbled by
Mar 22, 2015 Inamoena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished the book and found it, like all the other Temeraire-books, a delight to read. It was exciting, adventurous and had lots of intrigue. Laurence and Temeraire find themselves separated again, this time because of a shipwreck. the first part of the book is spent trying to get back together, while giving a glimpse of how a feudal Japan with dragons could look like. In the next part, Laurence and Temeraire are sent with a part of the Chinese army to flush out rebels and afterwards t ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it
As I recall Peter Jackson has the rights to the Temeraire series, and frankly I have trouble seeing this installment especially being a box office hit. It would do better as a television series as has Martin's A Aong of Fire and Ice.

Box office hits, for the most part, now follow the Lucas formula in the films opening minutes. Both Star Wars and Raiders, and boom a big action sequence at the start. Having a child who's early movies included those two, getting her to sit through the start of Capta
Jun 04, 2015 Adysnewbox rated it liked it
I still enjoyed this book, but it was so disjointed I can't give a higher grade. Temeraire and Lawrence are back in action against Napoleon (FINALLY) by book's end, kicking French butt in Russia while simultaneously facing an uncertain winter. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, in fact! Frustrating, but understandable since there's only one more book in the series to wrap everything up. Gotta keep it all coming! I admit I am very excited to see what happens next. order to get t
Dec 22, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Really enjoyed this whole series. Temeraire is precious. I liked that Laurence became more likeable and less stuffy as the series progressed. I love how progressive all the dragons are.
Apr 24, 2015 Nettle rated it really liked it
That was ok, it seemed to go on a very long time, and by the end of it the Japan stuff was half forgotten (badum...)

The last bit was hard to read, partly because I want them to *win* and partly because I've reread the whole series to get to this point and I didn't want it to end. I might go back and read the last 20% a bit slower and without a raging headache at some point.

I gave this whole set a solid 3* on the fist go around and described it as "a bit of a slog", I don't know why because this
Apr 14, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing

And we continue our world tour.

From Japan to China to Russia, with the action getting louder and louder the closer the main characters get back to the Napoleonic wars.

Unfortunately for Lawrence, he suffered a head injury in a storm and spends most of the book with every event since the beginning of the series wiped away. It makes for a sharp contrast to see how far he’s come in the course of the series to compare with the stuffed shirt he used to be.

As he slowly picks his way through the acti
Feb 01, 2015 Casey rated it it was ok
Blood Tyrants is a disjointed book. The first part, is focused on Laurence's shipwreck and amnesia in Japan. The second part in China, and the third in Russia with Napoleon

Laurence's amnesia ultimately doesn't have much of a purpose. It does lighten the mood, as he can't be continuously depressed about his treason and loss of respectability. However, it makes me wonder why even bother? Why have amnesia if everyone is going to go back to normal once it ends?

I was interested in Japan, and I wish t
Oct 25, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Oh, Temeraire! How I wish you were real! Of course that would mean that Napoleon nearly destroyed all of Europe and parts of Asia, which might be bad. But I just love Temeraire so much, and Laurence as well! Novik put an interesting twist into this one (this is not a spoiler, unless you haven't read the previous book or the back of this one) but Laurence is lost at sea and receives a blow to the head that causes amnesia. We start all over again, with his attitudes toward the dragons, but now eve ...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 not as though we have not heard of you, Captain Laurence. We have all had a great many arguments, whether your aid would not be too expensive, to begin with.”

“Sir,” Laurence said, now baffled, “I beg your pardon; however should you know me from Adam?”

“If the world had not heard of you, after your adventure at Gdansk,” Kutuzov said, meaning Danzig, where they had rescued the garrison from the wreck of the Prussian campaign, “or after the plague, we should certainly have heard of you after Brazil. Where you go, you leave half the world overturned behind you. You are more dangerous than Bonaparte in your own way, you and that beast of yours.”
“The water-dragon’s name was Lady Kiyomizu, although much to Junichiro’s horror she breezily told Laurence to call her Kiyo, and not to stand on formality. “You have no manners anyway,” she said, “and there is no sense your trying to put out sakura blossoms, when you are a bamboo.” 3 likes
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