Somehow I failed to add this to Goodreads and review it! It's been awhile since I've read it now. I hate doing that. Details get lost.
Suffice it to saSomehow I failed to add this to Goodreads and review it! It's been awhile since I've read it now. I hate doing that. Details get lost.
Suffice it to say that Alison Goodman can read my freaking mind! She's got elements in this she totally stole from me. If she was looking into my brain anytime in the last 10 years or so. (Ones which I initially cobbled together from Sailormoon and fanfic and other sources, so, y'know.)
I can't even properly describe this since all the names of things have dropped out of my head. But, basically Eon's a girl disguised as a boy so she can train and be a candidate to be selected by one of the 12(13) dragons. And it's just so much cooler than my description says.
It's set in a world somewhat like ancient China. And the dragons are somewhat related to the Chinese zodiac. And there's swords and martial arts. It's sort of like a totally awesome anime got turned into a totally awesome Australian fantasy novel.
And while many elements of the plot were predictable, inevitable, she nonetheless managed to surprise me and interest me with things I could not have seen coming.
And it's so much harder to review a book you really loved. Did I mention it was awesome?
The second book isn't out yet! Argh!
But to tide me over, I did ILL another book by her. (Which was also totally awesome, btw.)...more
Very nice series. Royal Navy + dragons. What's not to like? Not that I would recommend reading them out of order.
This book was interesting. Novik keepVery nice series. Royal Navy + dragons. What's not to like? Not that I would recommend reading them out of order.
This book was interesting. Novik keeps coming up with new ways to show inequality. The dragons of Great Britain have come a long way since book 1.
My only negative really, is that there were times when Laurence and Temeraire weren't together. And the Laurence bits were dull. I even don't mind the battle scenes so much, as long as Temeraire is there. He (and a few of the other dragons, and perhaps Emily) are the more interesting characters. Laurence is a dull old stick in the mud! And he's particularly gloomy in this one. Not without reason, but it makes him less interesting to pay attention to....more