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Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik
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Nov 22, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy

** spoiler alert ** Who wrote this really? Surely not the author who did the previous ones. This volume is BO-RING.

Another set of cardboard bad guys blustering away, never missing a chance to be rude or dismissive or brutal or whatever. One new character (MacArthur) with a bit of depth and unpredictability.

Another cardboard dragon character (Caesar) who is clearly just another bad guy human who happens to have wings. Feh. Iskielka is the same only more annoying, but Temeraire is a shadow of his former self. He seems unmotivated and not very capable or intelligent. One could say the same of the author in this volume.

A new dragon arrives, all wimpy and misshapen. The lack of suspense is amazing as we watch it Survive Against All Odds. The cloddishly unsubtle hints that this dragon is going to be Really Something were almost embarrassing - and then SHE DOESN'T TELL US IN THE END! We're going to have to read the next book or two to find out if this guy even matters. BAH!

Near the end, Novik drops in some pieces that have to be on the table for the next volume. They just show up how much of a placeholder this book is. But they do reawaken faint hope that the author hasn't written herself into a corner with no way out.

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