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Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
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Oct 18, 2011

really liked it
Read from October 18 to 19, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Another good installment in the series. I stayed up until 5am reading this, because when I got to the last few chapters I couldn't bear to go to sleep until I found out how it ended!

This book does a good balancing act: it stays true to the characters and themes of the previous novels without rehashing the same plot. It's interesting to see how different cultures handle dragons, and I particularly liked the way that the author trusted us to figure out the implications of the African society ourselves (rather than spelling it out explicitly).

Since the air corps (and the readers) are obviously fond of dragons, it's always felt a bit odd to me to be cheering the winner in air combat: I don't take any pleasure when enemy dragons are shot or captured. This book addressed my concerns admirably.

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