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Black Powder War (Temeraire Series #3)
     

Black Powder War (Temeraire Series #3)

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by Naomi Novik
 

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“A splendid series.”
–Anne McCaffrey

“Naomi Novik has done for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for science fiction: constructed an alternate reality in which dragons are real in a saga that is impressively original, fully developed, and peopled with characters you care about.”
–David Weber, author of the

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Black Powder War (Temeraire Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 283 reviews.
wetdew More than 1 year ago
just as good as the first two.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
I'm loving this series so far which combines McCaffrey's Pern (dragons!) and Horatio Hornblower daring do (Napoleonic wars) I gave this novel four stars only because it's slightly less amazing than the first two books. The first book marked it as unique among dragon fantasies I've read for giving dragons all the personality and intellect of the human characters. The second gave us a society of dragons integrated into China. In a world-building sense, this book can't match that--there's no further development or surprises in terms of Temeraire's or Laurence's character--but it's fully as engrossing a read and engaging an adventure. The last book took us to China, this one to Turkey and Germany of the Napoleonic era, and its part of the book's virtue to make me believe I visited those places--or at least what they would be like had dragons been part of the picture.
will_00 More than 1 year ago
Black Powder War, the third book in the Temeraire series, was not quite as well written as His Majesty's Dragon or Throne of Jade (the two earlier books in the series). Although Black Powder War was very well action-packed, the essence of the story did not bring as much dynamic to the series other then the loss of Prussia and the fight for London (in the next book). Certainly a good read though, and I would recommend it to anyone continuing the series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
His Majesty¿ Aerial Corps Captain Will Laurence and his partner HIS MAJESTY¿S DRAGON Temeraire the dragon relax after their Chinese escapades (see THRONE OF JADE). However, their R&R is cut short, when an envoy informs the daring duo of their assignment. They must travel to Istanbul to pick up three dragon eggs recently purchased from the Ottomans and bring them safely home before they hatch. Will hires Tharkay, a half-breed guide who has parents in both nations, and decides the land route is best. However, the trek is hazardous from natural causes, a falling out between the two nations, and mostly because of the raging Chinese dragon Lien, who vows vengeance on Laurence and Temeraire for the death of her human mate. All this is happening while the clock is running out and a betrayal makes it seemingly impossible to accomplish the mission. The latest Laurence-Temeraire adventure is once again a fabulous historical fantasy. The story line is filled with action and adventure while the secondary players add depth either to the escapades to the period. However, as always the tale is owned by the lead duo who both grows into better tolerant beings due to their relationship. Fans will enjoy the BLACK POWDER WAR.------- Harriet Klausner
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Because of Novik's writing, there are some areas of the book that feel a little redundant and repetitive; but that's just because she actually writes as if she lived in the late 1700s. Novik delivers a fresh but familiar story with new and also familiar peril and enemies. I enjoyed it and the way she ended this one makes me eager to grab the next. Thank you miss Novik for giving us a fresh, new look at creativity. You're original and unlike any other.
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