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Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
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Apr 07, 2011

really liked it

Throne of Jade is the second book in the Temeraire series and the sequel to His Majesty’s Dragon. It is a much different story than His Majesty’s Dragon. Rather than get off to a exciting start this book begins with sadness. Will Lawrence, the captain and companion of Temeraire the Celestial dragon, has been separated from the dragon in question. Also the Chinese (represented by Prince Yongzing) have found out that Europe has gotten its hands on a Celestial and may go to war over him. Lawrence jumps at the opportunity to accompany Temeraire to China to negotiate an agreement there. Because of this they end up going all the way around the world and seeing a lot. For one thing Temeraire sees the slave trade in action for the first time and he hates it.
This book is a little bit slower than His Majesty’s Dragon. This is because of all the diplomacy involved in making a peace treaty between countries. In some cases this made the characters (and sometimes the reader) extremely bored. But it is worth it to keep reading, because as soon as they land they realize that more problems than they expected are lurking in China.
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