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Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2) (Temeraire #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  18,955 ratings  ·  1,125 reviews
When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo-an unhatched dragon's egg-Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragonhe named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain's Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte's invading forces.
Now China has discoveredthat its ra
ebook, 329 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Random House Publishing Group (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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
čak mi je i bolja od prve knjige. Novik se stvarno trudi dočarati svijet u kojem su zmajevi dio svakodnevne rutine, uključujući i daleki istok.

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.
**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
I zipped right through The Jade of Throne, second Temeraire book, just as quickly as the first one.

These books tickle a lot of my book fancies. I'll repeat from my comments on the first one: you can't go far wrong with Age of Sail, dragons, and bromance, especially if you are as good as Novik at putting them all together in an elegantly written and coherent whole. You can feel the depth of the research, thought, and worldbuilding that went into these books.

For this one, I think you do need to be
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
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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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“I am very tired of this Government, which I have never seen, and which is always insisting that I must do disagreeable things, and does no good to anybody.” 82 likes
“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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