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Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik
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May 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: alternate-history, dragons, fantasy, favorites, hurt-comfort, in-english, read-in-2014, military

** spoiler alert ** Love it! I had so much fun reading this book.

I just love how Naomi Novik writes her dragons. It started with the description of a miserable flight to Australia and when they are there, the dragon, Shen Li, says that they had a very pleasant flight. XD And then everything Iskierka pulls (even though, poor, poor, poor Granby in some cases) and some other things. Just, *falls over laughing*. A lot. I also like how their "innocent" questions make their Captains uncomfortable. XD The way they point out things that are not okay in the society and their Captains scramble for answers and start to think and question things and change their minds (just think about Laurence in the first book and now).

I love that the books explores a bit the culture of South America (Incas) and that we get to meet the Tswana again. ♥ The idea that the dragons are in charge of the Incas because the people are dying due to the plagues brought from the Europeans and that people are more worth and more protected than crops and gold and anything else? Golden and it's been really fascinating to get glimpses into this society.

As mention above, poor, poor, poor Granby. Iskierka trying to marry him off? Loosing his arm? Having to tell Laurence that he's an invert? *hugs him a lot* I also like that Granby finally put his foot down and won't let Iskierka get her head every time. As much as I love her antics, it's time that she starts to think a bit about consequences before she demands something. Especially when she endangers her Captain through her not thinking.

And Laurence? Every time I thought I couldn't love you more...

Roland and Demaine? ♥ Kulingile? ♥

But, poor Riley. Why?!?!? *sobs*

One thing I really didn't like - the book just ends. It feels like the story was cut in half and the second half has been put into a new book...

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Reading Progress

May 5, 2012 – Shelved
July 24, 2014 – Started Reading
July 24, 2014 –
page 15
4.25% "<3"
July 25, 2014 –
page 36
July 26, 2014 –
page 75
21.25% "Oh shit."
July 26, 2014 –
page 84
23.8% "Why are always the minor supporting characters I really like dying? Why? *sobs*"
July 26, 2014 –
page 131
37.11% "Oh, Granby. *pets him* XD"
July 26, 2014 –
page 160
45.33% "OMG! So awesome!"
July 26, 2014 –
page 184
52.12% "*bawhahahahahahaha* Why did I wait so long to read this book?"
July 26, 2014 –
page 243
68.84% "OMG! *pets Granby* Also, *falls over laughing*"
July 26, 2014 –
page 353
100.0% "What?!?!! That's no ending! *grumbles* Also, *sobs*."
July 26, 2014 –
page 353
100.0% "And that teaser at the end of the book? Is freaking EVIL and CRUEL and I need the next book NOW!!!!!!!!!!"
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: alternate-history
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: dragons
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: hurt-comfort
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: in-english
July 26, 2014 – Shelved as: read-in-2014
July 26, 2014 – Finished Reading
January 21, 2017 – Shelved as: military

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