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Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
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Jan 05, 2011

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The novel opens with Temeraire in the breeding grounds (the closest thing to dragon prison) and Laurence in gaol. This is the first novel that utilizes a point of view shift and bounces between the dragon and his captain. After the first few chapters, the split POV losses its effectiveness. Temeraire manages to rouse the dragons on the breeding grounds to fight for their territory against the French. However, even with the entry of 60 new dragons into the Aerial Corps, Laurence is not pardoned and Temeraire slowly realizes the trouble that he has gotten Laurence into.
The novel has a few new additions. It has gotten to the point that sometimes character dealths stop mattering. It also fleshes out several existing characters. Tharkay, the half-British half Nepalese guide, returns and saves Laurence several times.
Laurence has enough honor to serve as the tragic flaw for several Greek heroes. The aim of the novel seems to show Laurence's growing wretchedness as he is torn between competing ideas of human decency and patriotism for his country. Temeraire mostly gives up his freedom talk from worry. None of the books in the Temeraire series have ever seen that "kiddy." There is a strange mixture of cartoonish characters (dragons mostly) and weighty humans.

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