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Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
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Sep 18, 2011

it was amazing
Read from September 13 to 18, 2011 — I own a copy

I like the way in which Temeraire's character and personality are developing in these books. It is also interesting to see how his relationship with Will is developing.
The book is starting to develop some interesting themes about freedom and civil rights - in this case for dragons not races. It is an interesting way of tackling some difficult subjects.
This does not take away from the readability and interest in the novel, but adds extra levels
After their fateful adventure in China, Captain Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching. Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master's death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance.

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