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Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik
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Jul 18, 10

Read from March 27 to July 18, 2010

This was an enjoyable read. Novik's writing style remains strong and her characters lovable. Readers looking to spend time with old friends, enjoying the banter between Temeraire, Laurence, and others of their group will no doubt find this book to be comfort food, much as I did. When Temeraire muses on whether or not cows should like to be eaten, it warmed my heart.

But while the characterizations remain strong, this sixth book in the series was a little short on story, with the protagonists meandering from place to place with little direction. Much of the alternate history aspect of this book was covered in a few brief and generally unengaging cameos. With the war with Napoleon ended so strongly with Victory of Eagles, I was hoping for a meatier beginning to the next leg of the series.

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