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Publisher's Summary

Naomi Novik’s stunning series of novels follow the adventures of Cpt Laurence and his dragon Temeraire as they travel from the shores of Britain to China and Africa.

Laurence and Temeraire made a daring journey across vast and inhospitable continents to bring home a rare Turkish dragon from the treacherous Ottoman Empire.

Kazilik dragons are firebreathers, and Britain is in greater need of protection than ever, for while Laurence and Temeraire were away, an epidemic struck British shores and is killing off her greatest defence - her dragon air force is slowly dying.

The dreadful truth must be kept from Napoleon at all costs. Allied with the white Chinese dragon, Lien, he would not hesitate to take advantage of Britain's weakness and launch a devastating invasion.

Hope lies with the only remaining healthy dragon - Temeraire cannot stay at home but must once again venture into the unknown to help his friends and seek out a cure in darkest Africa.

©2019 Naomi Novik (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"These are beautifully written novels, not only fresh, original and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart." (Peter Jackson)

"Novik won me over with her first novel. the combination of history, sympathetic characters, and an engaging style makes this series great, intelligent fun." (The Times)

"Plenty of intrigue, swordplay, exotic locations, plausible invention. In short a treat." (The Telegraph

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part of a chapter is missing..

love this author, and love this whole series, but having read them all, I noticed the story jumps strangely at one point!

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Struggled to get through it.

The story is particularly long winded and has many aspects which seem disjointed and not particularly pertinent to the overall plot. The story at self could’ve been condensed to a much shorter novel without any impact on the quality.

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Temeraire forever!

Am loving this series. The setting and the fantasy are great and I enjoy how the author includes behavioural challenges of the dragons and addresses contemporary topics like gender equality but in a way that fits with the real world historical period.

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Absolutely outrageous

This is advertised as an UNABRIDGED audiobook and yet it misses a section at 7:24:24 mark. I know because I went to my paperback and checked because I knew that there ought to have been a section after Laurence drew lots that explained that he noted a section of bark denoting which stick was the longer and chose it to deliberately make himself the leader of the group to meet the king and that section was missing. If I pay for an unabridged book I damned well better get an unabridged book! I wish I could complain for false advertising!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-2019

Please fix audiobook errors!!!

Love this series, and performance is great - but PLEASE fix the sections out of order in the middle! Parts are missing or swapped around and it was very disappointing to not be able to follow the story.

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  • Karpenter
  • 17-03-2019

Occasionally skips parts

I have this in paperback and after comparing have noticed it occasionally skips parts, once as much as a whole page. I have over 100 audible titles and this is the only one that seems to skip.

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  • Ross H
  • 03-12-2020

Awesome as always

Love the continuing adventures of temeraire, fast paced and exciting, love the world and characters, recommend to anyone.

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  • CALX
  • 10-11-2020

Do Not Purchase

This book is out of order and I'm not convinced there aren't chapters missing. How this ever made it past the review stage I've no idea. Story and performance are good.

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  • Bettina
  • 10-03-2020

Skipping issues persist

The book itself is wonderful, the narration superb- but as previous listeners mentioned (I had hoped this would have been resolved) the narration skips several lines and once also pages (!) at a few points points, at the end the voice doubles once and you hear two parts at the same time. At one point the story skips forward and then goes back! This is very disorientating! AM going to return this in the hope it will be fixed, happy to buy it again then!

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