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Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik
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Feb 06, 12

Read from February 03 to 05, 2012

I have pretty much enjoyed the Temeraire series up to the last novel "Tongues of Serpents". That novel was rather predictable and while it advanced the plot it was rather mediocre in it's plot. It was like a time out for the series where they had to resolve the banishment of Captain Lawrence to Australia before they could make him a Captain on the list again and back in service. It was also predictable how the dragon eggs would turn out and that the least of the eggs would become the best.

The new novel though is much more like the better books of the series in that the plot is not a simple going from A to B, but with surprises on the way with things not going as planned. You also finally get back to the conflict with Napoleon and also back to the Dragons introduced before in the series. Though I was a bit surprised that the new dragon from "Tongues of Serpents" had so little impact as part of the plot. Regardless I was glad to see the series back on track.
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