The Temeraire Series

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 179 ratings

Temeraire Publisher's Summary

Naomi Novik’s stunning series of novels follow the adventures of Captain William Laurence and his fighting dragon, Temeraire, as they are thrown together to fight for Britain during the turbulent time of the Napoleonic Wars.

As Napoleon's tenacious infantry rampages across Europe and his armada lies in wait for Nelson's smaller fleet, the war does not rage on land and water alone. Squadrons of aviators swarm the skies - a deadly shield for the cumbersome canon-firing vessels. Raining fire and acid upon their enemies, they engage in a swift, violent combat with flying tooth and claw...for these aviators ride dragons.

Captain Laurence is a satisfied man with a respectable commission aboard the ship Reliant. His career is born from a love for the sea, and he takes his duty very seriously.

Months before the battle of Trafalgar, on patrol in the Atlantic, the Reliant takes a small French frigate, storm damaged and possessing a fierce crew unwilling to surrender as easily as they should. On board Laurence finds a dragon egg - a great prize, as England is in sore need.

Having spent months on a slow journey from Asia, the egg hatches. A sinewy newborn emerges from the fragmented shell, ignores his harness bearer, approaches Laurence and changes his life.

Hatchling dragons must be put in a harness immediately, otherwise the dragon young become hard to control - fit only for the breeding colonies. The person chosen to first harness the beast must be an aviator, for the dragon will accept no other captain. The life of an aviator is not a desirable one; reviled by fashionable society, they live hard, lonely lives bound to duty, and they frequently die young. Laurence must now join them; duty demands it, though his heart is broken.

But, more astonishing than the dragonet - named Temeraire by Laurence - are the documents found with him, documents addressed to Napoleon from the greatest, most skilled dragon breeders in the world: the Chinese.

The dragon Temeraire was meant for the Emperor Napoleon himself and promises to grow into no ordinary creature.

©2006 Naomi Novik (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 1

    • Temeraire

    • The Temeraire Series, Book 1
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 61
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      5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    As Napoleon's tenacious infantry rampages across Europe and his armada lies in wait for Nelson's smaller fleet, the war does not rage on land and water alone. Squadrons of aviators swarm the skies - a deadly shield for the cumbersome canon-firing vessels. Raining fire and acid upon their enemies, they engage in a swift, violent combat with flying tooth and claw...for these aviators ride dragons.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Dragon and a Gentleman

    • By Mr David P Lam on 19-12-2018
    • The Temeraire Series, Book 1
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 06-12-2018
    • 5 out of 5 stars 61 ratings

    Non-member price: $15.63

  • Book 2

    • Throne of Jade

    • The Temeraire Series, Book 2
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Temeraire is a Celestial dragon, the most highly prized of all draconic breeds, famed for their intelligence, for their agility and most of all for the Divine Wind - their terrible roar, capable of shattering the heavy timbers of war ships and devastating woodland. Captured by the British, Temeraire was meant to be the companion of the Emperor Napoleon and not captained by a mere officer in the British Air Corps. The Chinese have demanded his return, and the British government cannot afford to provoke the Asian superpower into allying with the French - even if it costs them the most powerful weapon in their arsenal and forces Laurence and Temeraire apart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a bit drawn out

    • By Sweetheart1 on 29-06-2019

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  • Book 3

    • Black Powder War

    • The Temeraire Series, Book 3
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      5 out of 5 stars 20
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    British flyer Will Laurence and his extraordinary Celestial dragon, Temeraire, gratefully anticipate their voyage home from China. But before they set sail, they are waylaid by urgent new orders. The British government, having purchased three valuable dragon eggs from the Ottoman Empire, now requires Laurence and Temeraire to make a more perilous overland journey instead, stopping off in Istanbul to collect and escort the precious cargo back to England. And time is of the essence if the eggs are to hatch upon British shores.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • drawn out but enjoyable

    • By Sweetheart1 on 01-07-2019

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  • Book 4

    • Empire of Ivory

    • The Temeraire Series, Book 4
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 21
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      5 out of 5 stars 18
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    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. 

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  • Book 5

    • Victory of Eagles

    • The Temeraire Series, Book 5
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    The fifth adventure of Captain William Laurence and his extraordinary fighting dragon, Temeraire, as they travel from the shores of Britain to China and Africa. Laurence and Temeraire have betrayed the British. They have foiled their attempts to inflict death upon the French dragons by sharing the cure they found in Africa with their enemy. But following their conscience has a price. Laurence feels he must return to face the consequences, and as soon as they land they are taken into custody.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • its gone too far

    • By Sweetheart1 on 08-07-2019

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  • Book 6

    • Tongues of Serpents

    • The Temeraire Series, Book 6
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Convicted of treason and stripped of rank and standing, Temeraire and Lawrence are transported to the prison colony at New South Wales. With them travel three dragon eggs destined to be handed over to second-rate officers willing to accept so remote an assignment - including one former acquaintance, Captain Rankin, whose cruelty once cost a dragon its life. They arrive at a young Australian colony in turmoil after the overthrow of the military governor, William Bligh - formerly Captain Bligh, late of HMS Bounty

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  • Book 7

    • Crucible of Gold

    • The Temeraire Series, Book 7
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
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    Former Aerial Corps captain Will Laurence and his faithful dragon, Temeraire, have been put out to pasture in Australia - and it seems their part in the war has ended just when they are needed most. The French have invaded Spain, forged an alliance with Africa’s powerful Tswana empire, and brought revolution to Brazil. With Britain’s last desperate hope of defeating Napoleon in peril, the government that sidelined Laurence swiftly offers to reinstate him, convinced that he’s the best man to enter the fray and negotiate peace.

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  • Book 8

    • Blood of Tyrants

    • The Temeraire Series, Book 8
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
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    Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England’s already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark - a spark that Laurence and Temeraire may unwittingly provide, leaving Britain faced with new enemies just when they most desperately need allies instead. 

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  • Book 9

    • League of Dragons

    • The Temeraire Series, Book 9
    • By: Naomi Novik
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Napoleon’s invasion of Russia has been roundly thwarted. But even as Capt. William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the retreating enemy through an unforgiving winter, Napoleon is raising a new force, and he’ll soon have enough men and dragons to resume the offensive. While the emperor regroups, the allies have an opportunity to strike first and defeat him once and for all - if internal struggles and petty squabbles don’t tear them apart.

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