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Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
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Read in August, 2009

Napoleon Invades England: Yet Another Great Historical Fantasy from Novik

In "Victory of Eagles", popular historical fantasy author Naomi Novik offers what may be the best installment so far in her "Temeraire" series of novels which brilliantly re-imagine the Napoleonic wars as one fought on both sides by men and dragons. It is a grim time for Great Britain; Napoleon's forces have successfully stormed ashore and have occupied London. Captain Will Laurence of the Aerial Corps has been condemned to death for treason, having given Napoleon's dragons a cure that he and his ever-faithful companion, Temeraire, found in a remote corner of Southern Africa. Given one last chance at potential redemption, Laurence leads a ragtag dragon force against Napoleon's forces, staging hit and run attacks on French soldiers and dragons throughout much of the surrounding countryside near London. Once more Novik offers characters as memorable as those I have read in the late Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin series of Napoleonic naval novels, with elegant prose often rivaling that of O'Brian, who was indeed one of the finest stylists of English prose. For both diehard fans of "Temeraire" and those new to this series, this novel is an excellent addition to a now classic historical fantasy saga.
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