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Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire #8)

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Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England’s already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slight ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Del Rey (first published 2013)
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George Was for me. Laurence on his own was interesting and different.

And if this the penultimate novel, I'm definitely reading the last of the series!

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Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Something strange happened while I was reading Blood of Tyrants... I started to like Temeraire again. This series had me at 'Napoleonic Wars' and 'dragons', but while the first few books ranged from serviceable (His Majesty's Dragon) to standout (Black Powder War), by the time Empire of Ivory rolled around, these books had started to get bogged down in a Carmen Sandiego-esque need to visit exotic world locales and became less about the War or the dragon. For me, the series peaked at Napoleon's i ...more

So. I won Blood of Tyrants from First Reads, although I'm still not sure why. I haven't won anything in a Goodreads giveaway in three years, I only rarely enter contests anymore, and my interest in the Temeraire series has been declining lately, but somehow, for some reason, I gave this contest a try and managed to win the book. Stranger things have happened, I guess. Like forgetting that one has a drago
I guess i'm the only person who didn't mind the amnesia plot? Given that the Temeraire books are not exactly a font of deep and introspective characterization, even a fairly cheap device like amnesia was fairly effective at wringing some out.

I don't know if this is a particularly unusual way to read the books - my impression is that i'm in a minority, anyway - but I've always cared a great deal more about Lawrence than I have about Temeraire. Temeraire is just kind of twee and cute and modern p
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love spending time with Temeraire and Laurence. This book has three distinct storylines, and contains hardship and confusion, struggle and defiance, reunions and sunderings, adventure and humor, and sometimes even sweet success and exultation. And war, when they meet up once again with their arch nemesis, Napoleon.

These dragons are naive and idealistic in their expectations of humans to behave kindly and intelligently, even though they are frequently betrayed by us. Our odd notions of duty and
Not the best in the series, but not bad. This book is broken into three parts. Because they could each be stand-alone books, I rate and review each part separately.

2 Stars for Part One, JAPAN: Laurence washed ashore about 60 miles from the only internationally accessible port -- Nagasaki -- after he got swept overboard, hitting his head, and losing his memory. The authorities are hunting him. A Japanese youth named Junichiro plays a role. Meanwhile, Temeraire frets and Iskierka lays their preci
4.5, its a really good read, I had a problem with the way lawrance was written in this book, it seemed like a recap of the other books to keep us the reader up to date, but it kinda didnt happen, its hard to explain.

the end is good but another cliffhanger ending.
Kitvaria Sarene
This was one of the better ones of the series!
Something actually completely unexpected happens and shakes up the trodden path a bit! We get to see even more new cultures, and it feels a bit deeper again than just flying all over Australia...
I can't believe it was the second to last, I miss them all already, even though I still have book 9 left...
Captain William Laurence has fallen into the sea during a tremendous storm, leaving him stranded in Japan with no memory of the past 7 years or his life with Temeraire. The political situation in Japan is about to explode with William sits in the center.

Vague memories arise but when Temeraire and William are reunited he still can’t remember their friendship and years together.

The story continues as they trek to China and then to Russia. Glimpses of memories resurface but Termeraire is remorsefu
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying that Temeraire is easily one of the best characters created in the fantasy genre in the past decade. A fascinating, charming, believable dragon who you would definitely want to be friends with.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, this book suffers from Reverse-Jordanitis. Jordanitis is a terrible disease, named after the late Robert Jordan. Jordanitis (an ailment of my own naming) occurs when an author writes too much about too little (I used to joke that Jordan could write 500 p
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dragons, beloved, china
2014 October 12

I loved it so much that I haven't really been interested in anything else since I finished it. So much, that I'm only happy reading the series over from the start. Dragons in 1812 Japan, China, and Russia! Dragons! I say!

Library copy
Blood of Tyrants is the 8th book in Naomi Novik's wonderful alternative history of Napoleonic Wars. Completely re-imagined with the addition of dragons as major weapons of war, Novik has journeyed around the world. While the central conflict between England and France forms the main focus of the series, there have been excursions to Brazil, the Aztecs, Australia, Africa and China. While war has always been a mainstay of the series, the poor treatment of the dragons by the British and other count ...more
Rk Stark
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am so incredibly disappointed with this book. The author should have waited another year to rethink the extremely poor plot crutch she uses for the first half of the book. Surely she could have come up with something more interesting then amnesia. There was no real need for it except to serve as some sort of stupid explanation of how much Laurence has grown, which could have been much better shown by using Junichiro as a foil.
Junichiro is a young Japanese man who helps Laurence escape to the
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I hated, hated, HATED the soap-opera-esque plot contrivance that dominated the first half of this book, and when it was unceremoniously cast off (with as little logic as it was introduced, I might add) I rejoiced and was able to enjoy the remainder of the book.

I was glad to see some old favorite characters who had been left out of the Australian and South American adventures return, the foray into Temeraire's love life was fun and I enjoyed seeing the Chinese dragons take center stage, as well.

It's been a real delight tearing through this series and growing to love it more with every book. The few misgivings I had with the first couple of books have fully dispersed by now, and I just love that feeling of being able to trust that an author knows what she's doing and that whatever calamity she next decides to throw her characters into, I will happily follow them across the world (and back again, and around, and then diagonally upwards, maybe), alternately whooping with joy, gnawing my f ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, paper, china, russia, japan
First 67% was one star. Then the very 67% was eleven stars and the rest came back to usual 4 stars. A more elaborate review will follow.
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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Melissa McShane
I wasn't as excited about the last two books in the series, despite my enjoyment of the characters, because I signed up for Napoleonic War alternate history fiction and wasn't as interested in Laurence and Temeraire's wandering around Australia and the Americas. This was a welcome return (at least half of it was) to the War, and Napoleon's aggression on Russia.

The first half, though, is a digression into Japan which I also enjoyed because I like reading about Japanese culture in the 19th century
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
It was only okay for me. And considering most of the rest of the Temeraire series is on my 'touch and you die' shelf at home, that's saying a lot.

The story was kind of disjointed with three different adventures (Japan - Laurence loses his memory, China - the team goes hunting rebels, Russia - Back to fighting Bonaparte). The three tales didn't mesh well or lead easily one to another. I kept forgetting who the characters were in the earlier stories and why they were important.

I also had a hard ti
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2013, netgalley
Advance copy provided by Net Galley-I thought I needed to wait to review it until it was officially released, but the result was that I waited so long to write the review that I forgot why I had only rated it 3 stars originally. I just finished paging through the published copy and feel it deserves a higher rating than my initial one.

Ah, Temeraire and Laurence-one of my absolute favorite literary relationships! That is probably why I was so frustrated with the beginning of the book-they're separ
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have issues when I get to the end of series, especially ones as good as Temeraire.

For some reason I didn't much like the first book until I reread it, and then it and the rest of this series have become probably my favourite set of dragon books. So, as I close the final page of this book, I can't help but feel a familiar gloom well up within me; I can already hear the thousand reasons I'm going to put off League of Dragons, so that I don't have to finish the series. So that it never ends.

Of co
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Winter had come."

So ends the last published story of Temeraire and Will Laurence until next year.

This book started with the most unexpected opening and flew on for one more startling turn after another. I am exhausted from just listening.

The war with France is still being waged and we leave the fighting on Russian soil as snow is falling.

A five star performance by Simon Vance and and more than five stars, if possible, for Naomi Novik and her imagination. What a story. Bravo!

Ben Babcock
I’ve finally figured it out: this is a buddy cop story.

Wait wait wait wait wait—it makes total sense! Think about it. Laurence is the by-the-book, hardnosed detective who has been on the job for years when, one day, out of the blue, this smartass rookie with a talent for learning languages and blowing hot air waltzes into his life. The two become partners and start working cases together, and Temeraire keeps getting Laurence in trouble, but Laurence always has Temeraire’s back—because even if La
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-along
Eh. This is getting a begrudging, bitter 3 stars from me in recognition that it's fine and lots of people will thoroughly enjoy it - but it leaves me cold, frustrated and no less annoyed than the previous volume. If I was rating on enjoyment alone, it would be 2 stars at best.

It starts with one of my pet peeve tropes (amnesia) and feels like filler to me, rather than a meaningful contribution to plot or character arcs. It also reminds me of my core concern when I first started reading Temeraire:
I think I've already said everything I can about this series, so I'm going to settle for a short; I LOVE IT!!

And the language in this one is vastly less difficult to read, which is only beneficial.
Only one more book to go, before this series is over, and I'm as always really reluctant to read the last book. Who wants their favorite ANTYHING to be over?
It's Winter. In Russia. Lol @ Napoleon.

Side note, I really like how his nickname is "Bony."
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's kind of sad that there's just one book ahead of me.

So. Amnesia thrope. Something I love dearly when it's done good. The contrast between being the person you remember to be and the life you don't remember. It's like time stopped just for you, but not for the rest of the world. And it works well with Laurence, who rememebers himself as this upright navy guy, while in the last book he was finally out of the fucks to give. The way he doesn't even know if he should be thinking about Temeraire
Judy Lesley
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I would be reluctant to advise anyone I know to begin this series with this specific book. If you have read other novels in the series but missed the last book, the plot device of Captain William Laurance having amnesia will stand you in good stead because you can slowly catch up with what was happening in New South Wales and Brazil as he recovers his memory. As it was I read CRUCIBLE OF GOLD in February of 2012, and I had trouble (along with Laurance) with remembering some of what had taken pla ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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From first read July 9th, 2014: 3.5 stars
This book's plot primarily consisted of warfare. Since it's revealed at the beginning, I will mention that it starts off with Laurence having amnesia. So the first part of the book was interesting to me.

Looks like the next book will have more of what I do like but would be spoilery to say what that is.

Disappointing but it happens for me sometimes in a series. Especially a long one.

UPDATE: 2nd read 6/3/16
I always re-read the previous book before reading
Barbara ★
As a whole I love this series. Temeraire is the greatest dragon ever! I like that he's intelligent, caring and loving. He doesn't give a crap about the war or British politics. He just loves Laurence and fights because Laurence must.

Unfortunately I hate the whole amnesia plot but it seems to work here. I liked that Laurence had to relearn everything that happened in the last eight years. I did think it unusual that a Japanese man would speak Chinese but other than that the plot in part one seem
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An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. She studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to partic ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Temeraire (9 books)
  • His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
  • Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
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  • Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)
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“It is not as though we have not heard of you, Captain Laurence. We have all had a great many arguments, whether your aid would not be too expensive, to begin with.”

“Sir,” Laurence said, now baffled, “I beg your pardon; however should you know me from Adam?”

“If the world had not heard of you, after your adventure at Gdansk,” Kutuzov said, meaning Danzig, where they had rescued the garrison from the wreck of the Prussian campaign, “or after the plague, we should certainly have heard of you after Brazil. Where you go, you leave half the world overturned behind you. You are more dangerous than Bonaparte in your own way, you and that beast of yours.”
“The water-dragon’s name was Lady Kiyomizu, although much to Junichiro’s horror she breezily told Laurence to call her Kiyo, and not to stand on formality. “You have no manners anyway,” she said, “and there is no sense your trying to put out sakura blossoms, when you are a bamboo.” 5 likes
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