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Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
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Oct 04, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy

** spoiler alert ** I love Temeraire. The whole setting was a great idea, and the dragon himself is a wonderful character...or, at least, he was for the first three books. Sadly, I got the feeling in Empire of Ivory that Lawrence and Temeraire had been written into a corner, and Victory of Eagles rather confirmed it. Both characters feel stale, with Lawrence cemented in his sense of duty and Temeraire stuck in his persistent, stubborn refusal to understand anything beyond his own point of view. While Temeraire *does* come to some understanding of his captain's problems and the fact that Lawrence committed treason for his dragon's sake, it feels like too little, too late. Worse, Napoleon's invasion of England felt contrived, and, ultimately, not terribly urgent when all was said and done. Temeraire setting up his own dragon-troop and working out deals with the soon-to-be Duke of Wellington was highly entertaining, but still felt flat as, in the end, it didn't feel like anyone had gotten anything actually *done.* Now, with Temeraire and Lawrence shipped off to Australia, one can only hope that they are either left to rot in peace or that the author has plans to re-invigorate her flagging characters.
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