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Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
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Jul 28, 2010

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Read in July, 2010

This third book in the series reads as a bit of a transitional, middle-of-series book. The end of the last book had Will Laurence and his dragon, Temeraire, in China, and they had to get back to England somehow. Unfortunately, Novik decides to do this by dragging them overland to Turkey, then over to Prussia, where Napoleon is busy drubbing the Prussian army.

The goings-on are so bleak, with rarely a bright spot, and Laurence's own cheerless nature doesn't help matters any, when he's the sole third-person POV. There was lots of action, but much of it was the unsatisfying, keep-from-getting-killed kind of action, rather than the achieve-your-goals kind of action.

I can only hope that the next book is more cheerful, or, failing that, the one after that, which, after all, has "Victory" right there in the title...

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