Author: Naomi Novik
ISBN: 9780007256761 Temeraire series #5
The breeding grounds were called Pen Y Fan, after the hard, jagged slash of mountain rising like an axe-blade at their heart, rimed with ice along its edge and rising barren over the moorland.
I hesitated before starting this book, wondering if I should reread the others in the series, it has been a while after all. But I have so many books waiting to be read that I decided to jump straight in and hope that it would all come back to me. And it did, almost the second I started reading the first page the whole world of Temeraire came back to me and I remember just how enjoyable these books are.
For those of you who have never read any of these books the first thing you need to know is that they are set in Napoleonic Europe, England. And have dragons. It is like Sharpe meets Pern. Only better.
This is the fifth in the series, and you really do need to start at the start, so off you go and see if you can find book one which is sometimes called Temeraire and sometimes called His Majesty’s Dragon.
If you have read the others then you’ll know what to expect and whether or not you’ve liked the previous books so I’m not really sure what this review is supposed to achieve :) But here, have a sneak peak at book six which is due out some time this year.
Okay, okay what is this book about? Well it picks up pretty much at the end of the last book, and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I won’t give details, I’ll just say that Temeraire and Will are separated and not happy campers at all. Basically this book deals with the ramifications of choices they made in book 4. We also get to see France invade England, and the Duke of Wellington takes on a prominent role in the defence of the realm. It is very interesting to watch Novik alter history and to see what she’ll come up with next.
The one criticism I would have is that Will goes through a dark phase, more depressed than anything, and I don’t think that this was explored properly. But it is still a very good read.