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    Naomi Novik(Author)

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With the acclaimed Temeraire novels, New York Times bestselling author Naomi Novik has created a fantasy series like no other, combining the high-flying appeal of Anne McCaffrey s Pern saga and the swashbuckling derring-do of Patrick O Brian s historical seafaring adventures. Now, with League of Dragons, Novik brings the imaginative tour de force that has captivated millions to an unforgettable finish.
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.
Aware of his weakened position, Napoleon has promised the dragons of every country and the ferals, loyal only to themselves vast new rights and powers if they fight under his banner. It is an offer eagerly embraced from Asia to Africa and even by England, whose dragons have long rankled at their disrespectful treatment.
But Laurence and his faithful dragon soon discover that the wily Napoleon has one more gambit at the ready one that that may win him the war, and the world.
Praise for League of Dragons
Novik has accomplished something singular with her Temeraire series. It s long. It s sumptuous. . . . It s a story about friendship that transcends not only time and class, but species. . . .League of Dragonsmasterfully wraps up so many plot threads and loose ends that had built up throughout the previous eight books [but] Novik never forgets that, as complex as her ideas and plot may get, the very simple notions of friendship and loyalty lie at the heart of the series. NPR
A satisfying conclusion to a remarkable series. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Thrilling scenes of aerial combat are interspersed with detailed character work, moral complexities, and political maneuvering. Novik expertly balances a myriad of plotlines and characters and offers an extremely satisfying resolution. Booklist (starred review)
This thrilling installment is packed with action and excitement, drawing the series to a delightful and satisfying close with plenty of twists, misadventures, and aerial combat along the way. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Novik s fans won t be disappointed. Library Journal
League of Dragonssticks the landing. . . . And the book also has an abundanceof the things that I love about the series: deepand inventive worldbuilding; fabulous action scenes; so manycomplex characters and relationships that have been built up over the series; humor(I literally laughed out loud multiple times);and the general project of taking the nineteenthcentury and making itbetter. . . . League of Dragonsis an ending to the series, it is a definitive one, and it is a satisfying one. Go read it. Tor.com
A satisfactory sendoff to one of the most thrilling and immersive fantasy series on today s shelves . . . Novik packs in plenty of what made this series a hit in the first place, particularly acutely imagined battle scenes, high-stakes decisions and snappy dialogue from those delightful dragons, who have as much or more intelligence as humans, coupled with the innocent self-interest of the average cat. Shelf Awareness

From the Hardcover edition."

Praise for Naomi Novik and her Novels of TemeraireNovik s influences run the gamut from Jane Austen to Patrick O Brian, with a side trip through Anne McCaffrey. Her books are completely involving and probably addictive, their central conceit explored in clever detail with a great deal of wit and historical insight. "San Francisco Chronicle"These are beautifully written novels: not only fresh, original, and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart. Peter JacksonA gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy. "Entertainment Weekly"A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon. "The New York Times"A glorious series whose future status as a genre classic is now assured. SF ReviewsIf you ve never read these novels, now is the time to start. " io9" "" Enthralling reading. "Time"

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  • PDF | 433 pages
  • Naomi Novik(Author)
  • Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (29 Nov. 2016)
  • English
  • 7
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By T Fleming on 24 August 2017

    I'm sorry to see no progression in storytelling from the first book to this the 9th and last. While at the start of the series the crutch of Temeraire's naivety, his and Laurence's misunderstandings of each other and Laurence not explaining something because of his "honour" was tolerable albeit annoying; to be still relying on this as a way to move the story forward is disappointing.When you find the characters that you should be rooting for the most annoying and tiresome it's probably a good thing that the series ends here.

  • By Lorraine Brown on 17 March 2017

    I've spent the last 12 months steeped in the world and characters of Temeraire and I have loved every moment.As a fan of period drama, the dialogue and propriety, the sense of duty and back drop of the Napoleonic war suit my romanticism well, while the wonderfully colourful characters do the dragons and the epic battle scenes suit my love of fantasy.I can't praise the series enough!! ♥️

  • By Nel on 6 October 2016

    Delivery-wise and to the physical state of the book all is as good as could be desired, 0 complaintsThe book itself does not disappoint and is a perfect (in my opinion) culmination of the great series, pretty action-packed, with more plot twists and even further (though really, didn't think there was more development possible) character development. The book does leave the reader with some questions but feels like a well-completed ending nonetheless.For all Temeraire fans out there, would definitely recommend!

  • By Mrs J on 25 September 2016

    A very satisfactory ending to the series. Although I wish there could be more.... Historically it all fits together well, the descriptions of the fighting are excellent, and of course the dragons are perfect. Just loved this book, and will be reading the entire series again - but slower, next time. I read this one far too quickly to savour it properly.

  • By EvaMAD on 3 March 2017

    I became an avid fan of the series after devouring the first three books in a short space of time. The remaining ones have been a must on the reading list but I was often left a bit disappointed. I felt the author often rewarmed old ideas until themes became boring and repetitive (dragon rights, treason, Laurence's at times irritating sense of duty and honour, scheming politicians...) without the characters really developing any further along that promising arc set out at the beginning of the story. This one was no different - elegantly written and a real pageturner, but after putting it down I still felt it left many things left to be desired and loose ends dangling, a bit unfair after sticking with the (thoroughly likeable) characters and series for 9 whole books! For example, the showdown with Lien is just hinted at and omitted, the dragon concord was never fully developed, and the personal lives of Laurence and the other main aviator characters are not brought to any sort of conclusion even after the end of the war (irritatingly this is the case for minor characters like Dyhern) - the author might have wanted to avoid cliches of people settling down as happy families, but I still found it lazy rather than elegant to leave absolutely everything open. Overall a well written read but a little disappointing for long-time fans eager to discover where it was all going!

  • By Guest on 28 June 2016

    I waited a long time for the final chapter of the Temeraire series and what a disappointment it was.I liked how Napoleon is outmanouvered at the end which is why I gave the book two stars instead of one but the pointless duel side story and the repeat prisoners-on-parade scenario made me feel the author had run out of ideas. Also, too many loose ends re the fate of characters introduced in previous books.

  • By K Kunden on 17 December 2016

    A wonderful conclusion to one of my favourite series. Temeraire has explored the relationship between duty and morality, has led us into deep contemplation whilst also taking us on a rollicking, touching, and inspiring adventure. I will miss my favourite dragon.

  • By Koya on 19 December 2016

    A great book. Unfortunately it is the last of this great serie but like the other novels before it is fast paced and a treat to read.


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