League of Dragons (Temeraire)
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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