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Black Powder War (The Temeraire Series, Book 3) Hardcover – 2 January 2007
'’Novik won me over with her first novel. the combination of history, sympathetic characters, and an engaging style makes this series great, intelligent fun.’
‘Plenty of intrigue, swordplay, exotic locations, plausible invention. In short a treat.’
‘These are beautifully written novels, not only fresh, original and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart.’
‘Novik has stirred the passions with a genre-busting historical fantasy of the first order.'
'In the best tradition of fantasy, historical fiction and nautical novels.'
History takes flight...
- Publisher : Harper Voyager (2 January 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007219156
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007219155
- Dimensions : 15.9 x 2.9 x 24 cm
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In volume 3, Temeraire and Laurence undertake the long overland journey from China to Europe via Turkey, where they had been urgently ordered to pick up certain valuable dragon eggs and return them to Britain. Political circumstances have changed before their arrival, however, and the Turkish government now refuses to hand over the eggs. Their intransigence forces Laurence into a perilous adventure to retrieve them, from which they only manage to escape into an even more dangerous situation as Temeraire and his crew blunder into Napoleon's campaign against Prussia in time to be dragooned into the great battle of Jena. Towards the end, we meet a new and important character after the Kazilik dragon Iskierka emerges early from her egg. Iskierka is a delightful creation who provides the source of a rich vein of laugh-out-loud comedy in this and later books.
There are some beautiful lyrical passages of writing in this book, as well as excellent plot construction and development. Sometimes conveying the length of the journey or the detail of a campaign can slow the pace a little, but that is a minor criticism. Any apparent slowness is usually resolved after a couple of pages, and in many cases incidents occur which resonate, either in terms of new characters or events, in later novels. A far more major criticism is of the poor editing that mars these otherwise wonderful stories. While I have given "Black Powder War" 5 stars, as I have done for all the other novels in this series, I should nevertheless warn anyone for whom sloppy and unprofessional editing is a real turn-off to buy or borrow the printed books instead. I have a lot of Kindle books and these consistently boast the worst editing/proof-reading that I have ever seen. If I were reviewing with that element in mind, I would give all the Temeraire novels 1 star. However, Novik's remarkably sustained and delightfully imaginative tour-de-force hardly merits such treatment because of the faults of others, so I have resisted the temptation. Try not to let it detract from your enjoyment.
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This isn't a book you can jump into if you haven't read previous instalments - at this point the series is happily chugging along under its own steam, and much of the joy comes from the developing characters and relationships. Like Throne of Jade, Black Powder War is another episodic adventure, but the decision to chance the Silk Road is an opportunity to explore the world rather than delve into politics and personal relationships at sea.
Needless to say, Novik delivers epic world-building, with feral dragons, marauding tribes, the glories of imperial Istanbul and eventually a depressingly realistic depiction of the Prussian war (mud, marching and disappointments). While this novel covers a lot of ground, it does so in looping meanders from a plot perspective, lending it the feel of treading water.
As usual, there's enormous delight to be had in the relationship between Will and Temeraire (and Will and Granby); and in Will's regular need to (happily successfully) confront long-held prejudices. Still, it was the addition of two fabulous young ladies that rescued the otherwise turgid second half of the book for me: the intrepid Sara Maden in Istanbul and the feisty young fire-breathing dragonet Iskierka who - inevitably - hatches at the worst possible time.
The slow pace makes this my least favourite instalment to date, but there's still more than enough joy to keep me excited about the series.
I think that if I hadn't read this straight after book two I would have enjoyed it more. Everything that I enjoyed in the first two books is still here but I found it a bit harder to get involved. From now on I think I'm going to space these out more as though there is an ongoing story, each book can work as a standalone, at least so far. I found the travelogue part not as interesting this time around though it definitely picked up once we got back to Europe. I'm still liking the dichotomy of people and dragons in our world and the series is shaping up to show how the world will change if dragons are afforded equal rights with humans. Anyway still enjoying this series though I'll probably take a breather before moving on to the next one.
I've been buying these on both Audible and Kindle so that I can continue the story wherever I am. Brilliant.
Parts of this book are a trifle slow if you're looking just for fast-paced adventure, but the last part more than makes up for that as Temeraire is thrust back into battle. I really liked the earlier parts, however, as we see Temeraire and Laurence under strain. The impact of China hasn't left either of them and Temeraire's innocent intentions of emancipating dragons is a nice sub-text to the main plot.
I love this series, and really enjoyed this instalment, especially the addition of new dragon characters to Temeraire's circle. I find these books acutely addictive so you might well want to have the next one ( Empire of Ivory ) handy for the moment you finish this.