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Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
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Jan 30, 08

bookshelves: urban-fantasy
Read in January, 2008

So, Temeraire is a Chinese dragon. And in this book the Chinese show up demanding the return of one of their holy Celestials, but don't want to take Lawrence along with the deal.

Lots of prickly cultural pride is thrown about on both sides and the relationship between Lawrence and Temeraire is tested. But this book got five stars from me for one reason. About two thirds of the story takes place during the months-long sea voyage on the dragon transport ship. Now that type of story can sometimes drag and get tedious. This book had impeccable timing in that each time I was on the verge of being bored with the ins and outs of ship drama, something heart-racing and exciting happened that jump-started the story again. So I was never bored but always in a constant state of dramatic tension, which I loved.
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