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League of Dragons

(Temeraire #9)

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  6,137 ratings  ·  782 reviews
The final adventure in the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series that started with the beloved His Majesty’s Dragon which has won fans of Napoleonic-era military history, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels, and Patrick O’Brian’s seafaring adventures.

The deadly campaign in Russia has cost both Napoleon and those allied against him. Napoleon has been denied his victory…but a
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Hardcover, 380 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Del Rey
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Kathleen
3.5 stars, with sublime narration. Thus endeth the storied glories of Temeraire the Celestial Dragon and his most honorable companion, Captain Laurence. And thus endeth Napoleon's relentless pursuit of world domination.

A fairly good story. Most of my hopes came true, even though I wasn't completely satisfied. Recommended series!


Quibbles: In Russia, the duel debacle went on and on, yet went nowhere. The pretty peasant girl scenes went nowhere. I'd have rather spent time with key characters fro
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Marina
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
3.5

C'est fini.

I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this series. It has been a mixed bag of nine books, some of which were fantastic and others so bad I nearly gave up the series. Overall, however, I think I like the idea of the Temeraire series better than the actual series. Because while I really, really liked the concept, the execution left a lot to be desired.

This final novel, League of Dragons, was just okay.

The readers who have stuck with the series for the last ten years will mostly l
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Susan
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, historical
I have NEVER read anything that screamed 'I'm bored of this series and want it to be OVER' as much as this book. I've read books where the author was clearly bored of the universe (hello GRRM) and It just became kinda long winded or bland, but none of them have actively dropped the ball like this did. This was so disappointing it circled around from being a terrible experience to one that was entertaining to bitch about. Like, how much lower could it go??? But that disappoints me too! That's not ...more
Manisha
Temeraire and Laurence... I will miss you so. 🐲❤

(I did it! Nine books down! Whooooo!)

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Kitvaria Sarene
I can't believe that's the end... I'm gonna miss Lawrence and Temeraire!

I did really enjoy the story, but the end did feel a bit rushed. At first it felt like the was so much left open, and then just like a flick of the fingers it's all over and there's some "what happened after". I wish there'd been some more depth to the last pages as it is the final book in the series.

Also this one has the first written out sex scene. I did like the series for NOT having romance or sex. (besides some implied
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Jessica
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, dragons, fantasy
Of course I loved it. The last Temeraire! How could I not? And Ning! So great! And so many ends tied up nicely! And Jane and Lawrence back together (as much as they ever are)! Yay!

If you haven't read this series, please, please do. It's a must for history buffs, fantasy buffs, dragon buffs, people who just love fun stories!
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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Trigger warnings: war, death as a result of war, death of a parent. I think that's all?

3.5 stars.

I always forget how long it takes me to get through these books... I picked this one up expecting to fly through it, and then LOL NOPE it took me four freaking days to plough my way through. It probably didn't help that I read book 8 approximately forever ago and had forgotten almost everything that happened in books 4-8 due to only owning books 1-3. But whatever.

Was it a satisfying conclusion to
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Emily
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-own-it, fantasy
I really wanted to love this book, and parts of it were great (like Temeraire and Iskierka scheming about saving their egg), but other parts were so long and drawn out and ultimately had no point (like the duel and the stay at the farmhouse). I listened to 80% of this as an audio book and then when I started on the ebook I was shocked that the end was so close and it didn't seem like anything was ramping up to an ending. Sure enough, the ending felt rushed and I didn't get the closure I wanted ( ...more
Robin Halvorson
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't know when I started that this is to be the last book in the series. I am content with the overall ending but I am very disappointed in the book as a whole. The writing is disjointed and important scenes are skipped. There were jumps in the story, in the logic of the story and in the character of the protagonists. Several times we have a build up to an action scene but suddenly we have skipped the action and are somewhere else. Lawrence goes from a tolerated out of necessity officer to h ...more
Mark
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable end to this brilliantly world building series, but I am left wanting more from this world. Well worth reading the entire series.
Siobhan
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly loved this. It was everything I need from a Temeraire book, and I'm just so sad it's over. Think I'll start rereading now... XD
Scott Sigler
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very sorry to see this series end. It's so rare for me to read an entire series, and especially one this long. A real treasure.
Dianne
Jan 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
Okay, just weird...I KNOW I read this....and yet....???????????????
Hailee
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sad that this series is over. I've been reading it since 2016 and I'll miss it. However this is definitely a series that will go on my reread list.

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4.5 stars

I think the most important question about League of Dragons, the ninth and final book in the series, is whether or not it is a satisfying conclusion. Does it wrap up all the lose ends neatly? And the answer is yes, I think it does. It certainly brings the Napoleonic war aspects of the storyline to a neat ending, a little
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Silvana
I remember falling in love with this series like it was yesterday. Dragon in various shapes and sizes, flying in formation, harnessed to carry complete navy-like crews, fighting pitched battles across the continent, during the period of Napoleonic wars. I devoured the first three books in less than a month and patiently waiting for the other six in a span of seven years. Until now I am still completely obsessed with Temeraire's formation, led by Lily (a Longwing), and aside from Temeraire consis ...more
Emily
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
No doubt about it-this was a solid 5. I'm sad it was the last book of the series, but I'm glad she had such a strong ending. The battles were well-plotted, and the characterization of both major and minor players (both human and dragon) was as thorough as it was entertaining. How I will miss these relationships-Laurence and Temeraire; Granby and Izkierka;Laurence and Tharkay;Laurence and Granby, etc.
The continual reminder of the act which happened so many books ago, and which has made life so d
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
3.5 stars. A reasonably satisfying end to a fun series.
YouKneeK
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, that’s it. The last book in the Temeraire series! I thought the ending was satisfying. It wasn’t particularly surprising, maybe, but I was happy with how things ended up and I enjoyed the last book as much as I had enjoyed the previous books. The rest of this review consists of general, spoiler-free comments on the series as a whole.

I really enjoyed the whole series even though, in retrospect, it lacked some of the things that are most likely to earn my enthusiasm for a book. In particular
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Beth
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
It is with much sadness and reluctance that I read the last book in Novik’s Temeraire series, League of Dragons. We’ve laughed, cried and been touched by the dragon and his captain and their adventures will surely be missed.

The final push to eliminate Napoleon has lead our heroes to perilous place. They must recover Temeraire’s egg and defeat Napoleon once and for all.

Novik’s writing is vibrant, this dragon filled world jumps off the pages. I can’t help but find myself absorbed into plot.

That b
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Timothy Boyd
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I knew the series had to eventually end as it was based in the Napoleonic war time frame I was very sorry to see an end to the Dragon's adventures. If you are a fan of Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels you will really enjoy this series. Excellent character and writing. Tons of action and humor. You find yourself at the end of the book before you know it and then start looking for the next volume. My highest recommendation.
Joanka
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My dragons, I will miss you.

Soon, I will start writing the reviews.
Caroline
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uno-2019
A delightful, fitting end to one of the most well written, enjoyable series I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I'm trying to refrain from immediately picking up the first book and starting all over again.

And while I thought the ending and the timing were both exactly what they needed to be, I would be overjoyed if Novik writes a stand alone Tem novel where they go to America in the future.
Dan
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dragons are the Bacon of Books...

Done! All 9 Temeraire books in 5 weeks.

I'm all for binge reading a series...but I don't think I've ever done 9 back to back. Phew.

It was worth it, of course. Dragons are to books as bacon is to food.

They turn ordinary to awesome. Try this out:

Napoleon is attacking England and terrorizing Europe...

...while riding dragons.

See? Cool, right?

There's lots to love. The dragons,
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ambyr
I waffle a bit on how to rate this one. On the one hand, I think it felt rushed--unreasonably so, given how much time the series wasted dilly-dallying over the last several books. (Yes, I am still frustrated by the amnesia subplot in Blood of Tyrants and by the entirety of Tongues of Serpents.) On the other hand . . . on the other hand, taken the rest of the series as a given, it does a tremendous job tying up dozens of loose ends into a neat (but not too neat) bow. And maybe the upcoming short ...more
Marianne
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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Leseparatist
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, owned
Almost perfect. The final volume of this lovely series suffers from too little of certain characters (Demane! Emily!) but does right by most other favourites, manages to get most political and personal plotlines tied up beautifully and struggles to keep the (different) shippers very happy. I... didn't mind that at all.

Laurence was great this time around, his moments of competence a special pleasure. Temeraire was as adorable as ever, Iskierka just as delightful. Tenzing Tharkay... forever in my
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Samantha
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This had its moments, but mostly it was a letdown.

That this series was allowed to run nine books was absurdly inexcusable. It's pretty clear that there was material for maybe four books at best. The first three novels were outstanding. What came after that ranged from mediocre to near-unreadably dull. This one wasn't quite that bad, but I expected a far better finish.

The early chapters aren't bad at all, but the ending was a giant face plant. Yes, there's a big battle. Novik narrates the action
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Suzanne
This was a satisfying conclusion to the Temeraire series. There are certainly other stories to tell in this world, but things were wrapped up nicely.

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying what I like most about the series is the interaction between Temeraire and Laurence. They treat each other with mutual respect and even when their goals don't match, they support each other. It is really an ultimate friendship story, and for me it is the core of the series. Napoleon's scheme in this book is quite sma
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Annicron
Jun 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
As a long-time, dedicated Temeraire fan - don't bother. This was the most disappointing end to the series I could have imagined. Completely torpedoed everything I loved about this series. Its obvious Novik had just checked out by the end, she was tired of writing it and just spat something out so she could be free.

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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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Temeraire (9 books)
  • His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
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  • Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)
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