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For Britain, conditions are grim: Napoleon’s resurgent forces have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil. Napoleon’s prime objective is the occupation of London. Unfortunately, the dragon Temeraire has been removed from military service–and his captain, Will Laurence, has been condemned to death for treason. Separated by their own government and threat ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kelly
Jul 12, 2008 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly by: Merrin
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Rebecca
Jul 13, 2008 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, but read the first four first
Shelves: fantasy, past-earth
So, at the end of Empire of Ivory, Laurence and Temeraire agree to commit treason to deliver a cure to a draconic plague to France -- Temeraire feeling that the lives of thousands of innocent dragons isn't worth victory of the war, and Laurence agreeing. Laurence then wishes to return to Britain, despite knowing he will be imprisoned or hanged for it, and Temeraire confined -- his own honor prevents him from staying in Europe, either as a French officer or a civilian. The book picks up several ...more
Christine (AR)
Can I give this six stars? It's the best book in the series since His Majesty's Dragon, and I've enjoyed them all.

No spoilers here, but I read this entire book with my heart in my throat. I came away thinking what an incredible commentary it was on how the right choice isn't necessarily the easy or popular one, and how making a moral decision can still exact an unbelievably high cost. I admire Novik so much for never taking the easy way out, for making her characters pay the consequences for th
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Monica
I enjoyed this installment of the Temeraire series, but I had to take a big break after book 4. This is the type of series that gets a little repetitive if you try to read the whole series at once, but it is still a great series that takes you to many different places in the world in the time of Napoleon. It is wonderful how well the fantasy element fits in with the history!
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3* of five

Series books always run a big risk: They can feel "phoned in" or less than exciting to the writer; or they can feel place-holder-y, like the book is a bridge to the next one in the series, without an obvious and unique place in the series's created universe. A little of both happens here.

I wasn't in any way doubting that Novik would take me back into Temeraire's alternative Earth with dispatch; she certainly did that. This is a writer who knows what mood she wants to create and
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Jeffrey
Aug 07, 2008 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans of historical fiction
Naomi Novik continues her winning alternative history series with Victory of Eagles. For those fantasy fans who have not read any of her books, you should venture to the local library and get into the books because they are a wonderful combination of history and fantasy.

In the last novel in this series, Laurence and Termeraire (his dragon) discovered a cure for an epidemic that was killing all of the dragons. Laurence brought a cure back to England but the lords decided in a little smallpox idea
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Kaethe
2011 September 23

This volume brings the war home to Britain, and it is ugly, of course. but it's also amazing, that Novik can draw the reader in to issues of supply lines and transportation, and make the very mundane fascinating. A thrilling story which makes the routine discomforts and privations of war more stark. And she never loses her keen moral vision, allowing characters to debate and consider different viewpoints. Brilliant.

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Kerry
Man, I almost want to give this four stars because I enjoyed it so much! But it's still just fluff, I don't know if I can give fluff four stars. We'll see. It's a solid 3.5 though. (And I should say, in addition to fluff, there was definite actual WAR in this one. Like, people and dragons dying in horrible terrible ways that reminds one that war is a real thing, even if dragons are not, and it's fucking terrible.)

So Laurence was in a funk for much of this book because he's a traitor and whatnot
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Ambrosia
I've been a fan of this series from the start, even if I did think the third book (Black Powder War) dipped a little in terms of quality. The others have all been excellent, however, serving up some surprisingly-well-thought-out alternative-military-history with a good dose of character development seasoned with a soupcon of social conscience.

This one, however, manages to excel even past the series' already high expectations. Laurence, having in the last book followed the dictates of his conscie
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Ben Babcock
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Brownbetty
I just got to this book, since I'm not planning to buy it in hardcover, since it wouldn't fit on my shelves that way. My mother read it before me and complained that it wasn't as good as the previous, since it consisted mainly of logistics; I however think logistics are pretty awesome, and have been known to give up on books which cannot explain to me how the foot-soldiers got from A to B, so this is perfectly all right with me.

This book is not, however, rolicking good fun, or not quite so much
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Amy
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Tzu-Mainn Chen
Holy hell, that's a good book!

My enthusiasm for the series had been dampened by the previous entries - both pleasant and exciting at times, but overall meandering like a lazy river. 'Victory of Eagles' does not meander. In it, Napoleon stages a successful invasion of England, and Laurence and Temeraire must join the British forces in throwing him back across the Channel before he establishes too-firm of a foothold on the island.

Familiar characters from previous books re-appear; many past complic
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Kathleen
"But privately, Temeraire could not help a certain resentment, that a conscience seemed to be so very expensive, yet had no substantial form which one might admire, and display to one's company."

Fabulous narration by Simon Vance. I've heard the whole series. Was worried this book would be too depressing. Not so. Liked it more than expected. Profound at times, as Laurence deals with ostracism from folks he'd once called friend — or family. But despite the deep injustice and sadness, I often felt
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Karen
I don't think I'm going to bother with any more of this series. This one was engaging, as always, but just unrelentingly grim. By the end of it I was more curious about what had actually happened at the battle of Waterloo than what might happen to the characters. And Temeraire is getting annoying. He's supposed to be so bright, and he's so completely clueless about people.
Kara

The best part of the book was the draconic take on taking-that-rag-tag-bunch-of-misfits-and-making-a-winning-team. Go Team Temeraire!

That was a pleasure to read how the dragons made a brilliant job of simply taking the war into their own claws and doing rather a better job than the humans.

However, it was downright painful to see how the British government responds to this gift given to them on a silver platter by spitting on it and calling it poison. It’s depressing when you’re reading the fanta
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Blodeuedd Finland
^ Soar on the wings of Adventure ^

It's a dark time for the dragon Temeraire. He has been removed from the Aerial corps and sent to the breading pens in Wales. Will Laurence, his captain is to be hanged for treason. The sickness that killed dragons has been cured, and the dragons of Englands allies, and the enemy France are cured also after Temeraire and Laurence flew over with the cure. Which leads to the beginning of this story.

Things are bad in Britain. Napoleon has managed to come across the
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D.w.
Things that are good about this book is that it is better than the last in the series. Things that are bad is I just don't think Novik gets the period. There are a great deal about the attention to detail of Napoleonic England, which of course if Georgian England that Novik doesn't understand.

She seems to have an Austenian wish, or to make her series more Austen then the fantasy world based on the wars. Austen, despite having brothers who served in the Navy and became admirals there, kept the wa
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Kerri
This is the fifth and most recent book in Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. A bit slow at times, but the action sequences, especially the climactic battle towards the end, more than make up for that. Temeraire continues to be one of my favorite literary dragons, and I enjoyed getting to know some of the newer draconic characters as well, especially the clever Perscitia and feisty Minnow. I also found myself wanting to strangle Iskierka more than once, and truly sympathize with Temeraire now that h ...more
Otherwyrld
Another enthralling chapter in the story of Laurence and Temeraire, this time fighting on home soil after Napoleon invades Britain. Laurence is still condemned to death as a traitor after the last book, but the Aerial Corps has to enlist his help to fight the invasion.

There was a lot to like in this book. We get to hear things a lot more from Temeraire's point of view here, and it is clear that not only is he very clever but also a natural leader as he manages to persuade all the dragons in the
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Bruce
From http://flyingsinger.blogspot.com/2009...

I've been sucked into Naomi Novik's "Temeraire" series. As I've written about before, this is an "alternate history" series that takes place in the early nineteenth century and revolves around the Napoleonic Wars in Europe. It's reasonably good historical fiction with one major addition: intelligent dragons that interact with humans in various ways. In the first book (His Majesty's Dragon), they were pretty much featured as platforms for aerial warfar
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Jennifer
This book should be a must-read for everyone who claims to have the perfect “idea” for a novel. The idea behind all the Temeraire book is enough to make anyone roll their eyes. Napoleonic wars with dragons? Ugh. I started reading this series with many reservations and very low hopes. But it turns out that a silly premise doesn’t matter when you have plot, likable characters, and interesting details.

While there are several strengths to this book, probably the strongest point are the characters. I
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Sara
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Angela
As absolutely expected, Victory of Eagles, the fifth installment in Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, is first-rate.

This time around Napoleon's forces have made it to England--and so by necessity, the plot is pretty much action from the word go. Temeraire and Laurence must deal with the consequences of certain actions taken at the end of Book Four, which are quite uncomfortable for them both. I won't go into details so as not to spoil the ending of Book Four; suffice to say that said actions do co
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Lydia Presley
Oh, Temeraire..I wish I could say I read this book with the same fervor I read the first few but either I am growing apart from the story or it is massively slowing down.

I really had to force my way through this book.. to the point of looking on it with contempt whenever I knew I should do some reading. The writing was, as always, spectacular and it was not the author's fault... necessarily. I just feel as if the story got so bogged down with the travels to Africa and Turkey and China and now th
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Ju
I tried to read this. I really tried. Like "pinched-myself-not-to-put-it-right-back-onto-the-shelf" tried but I couldn't get past it. Admittedly, I've never read any of the previous books and only read this because it was a present from a friend but a book, even if it's the fifth book, should ground some foundation for a reader to feel at home. Victory of Eagles failed to do that and more.

The main characters, Laurence and Temeraire, barely captured my interest. It was clear that they had a str
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Erika
I don't know the whole story, but Naomi Novik started by writing fanfiction. That's really cool. It makes me appreciate her novels in a way I don't think I would other authors. Novik went through the writing process in a public way--fanfiction is out there for anyone to read, but not only that, she actually took this book to thank her beta readers and numerous fans (of which, I am one, but not until after Black Powder War came out and her fanfic-y days were past). How often do Real Life Authors ...more
Tehani
This should have been five stars, because I loved it as much as I loved the rest of the series so far. However, for the first time ever, I've dropped a star because of the absolutely atrocious number of typos in this professionally published book. The edition I read was absolutely littered with errors, and it severely detracted from my enjoyment of the reading process. The story itself, huge amount of love, but urgh, the errors...
An Odd1
**** "Victory of Eagles" (T5) by Naomi Novik has a distressing start and end. Laurence was kicked out of the British Air Corps, sentenced to hang for treason, and his dragon Temeraire confined to the breeding grounds. They regretfully realize tragic severe consequences culminating from their decision based on humanity, in the previous book. So readers may reconsider definitions of ethics, loyalty, choice.
Eagles are the symbol of the French emporer Napoleon, who takes London. Again, the battles
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Aldi
I've been enjoying this series from the start, but this one took it a step farther, especially when it comes to depicting the horrors of war. I'm a sucker for pain, so this was probably my favourite yet. It was dark and devastating and painful and I loved every page of it.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Temeraire (9 books)
  • His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1)
  • Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
  • Black Powder War (Temeraire #3)
  • Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)
  • Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire, #6)
  • Crucible of Gold (Temeraire, #7)
  • Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)
  • League of Dragons (Temeraire, #9)
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1) Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2) Black Powder War (Temeraire #3) Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4) Tongues of Serpents (Temeraire, #6)

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“No; they nearly drowned you, and not even on purpose but only through carelessness. I am not letting them have you back,” Temeraire said.” 8 likes
“[Maximus] put his head down and said in a conspiratorial whisper, “Tell Temeraire that Lily and I have not forgotten our promise; we will not let them hang you at all."

Laurence stared up at the immense Regal Copper. All his crew looked deeply distressed, as well they might, the outlaw remark being perfectly audible several clearings over.”
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