Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire Series #8)

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire Series #8)

by Naomi Novik

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Naomi Novik’s beloved Temeraire series, a brilliant combination of fantasy and history that reimagines the Napoleonic wars as fought with the aid of intelligent dragons, is a twenty-first-century classic. From the first volume, His Majesty’s Dragon, readers have been entranced by the globe-spanning adventures of the resolute Capt. William Laurence and his brave but impulsive dragon, Temeraire. Now, in Blood of Tyrants, the penultimate volume of the series, Novik is at the very height of her powers as she brings her story to its widest, most colorful canvas yet.

Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England’s already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark—a spark that Laurence and Temeraire may unwittingly provide, leaving Britain faced with new enemies just when they most desperately need allies instead.

For to the west, another, wider conflagration looms. Napoleon has turned on his former ally, the emperor Alexander of Russia, and is even now leading the largest army the world has ever seen to add that country to his list of conquests. It is there, outside the gates of Moscow, that a reunited Laurence and Temeraire—along with some unexpected allies and old friends—will face their ultimate challenge . . . and learn whether or not there are stronger ties than memory.

Praise for Blood of Tyrants
“A first-class entry in a remarkable and appealing series.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Novik’s plots and characterizations get more intricate and plausible with each novel. . . . Novik’s re-creation of much of world history based on the existence of intelligent dragons has been so well crafted that all eight books in the series are highly recommended.”Booklist (starred review)
“Novik combines dragons . . . with period history to achieve a brilliantly realized re-creation of military history laced with the fantastic. . . . Well-crafted.”Library Journal

“If you’ve never read these novels, now is the time to start.”—io9
“A fun, action-packed read.”—San Antonio Express-News

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345522900
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Temeraire Series , #8
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 63,836
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, and Blood of Tyrants, the first eight volumes of the Temeraire series. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.

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Blood of Tyrants 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Completely and utterly worth the wait! Blood of Tyrants had me from the cover! Temeraire is my all-time favorite fantasy dragon with his opinionated and often naïve comments, he’s hard not to like!! Has anyone else noticed how much that dragon can talk and then noticed that his greatest battle weapon/gift is his Divine Wind? Yes, I’m a Temeraire addict, but that makes me extremely critical about each book, because I expect author Naomi Novik to top herself, each and every time, and so far, she has! From the idea of an alternate history filled with flying dragons used in warfare to the bond between Temeraire and Captain Laurence, I am fascinated with this series and obviously could go on and on! Blood of Tyrants picks up after a terrible storm at sea has cast William into the sea, where he washes ashore in Japan, with no memory of the past eight years spent with Temeraire. Laurence’s time spent in Japan is not completely pleasant and his attempts at escape are thwarted by circumstance. Somewhere in his mind, vague bits and pieces begin to resurface, but still he does not remember Temeraire. Their reunion is bittersweet. I could feel the adventure grow as we are transported to China and then on to Russia, and a face to face meeting with Napoleon, himself. All along the way, Captain Laurence’s memory is slowing coming back. Will things ever be the same between the captain and a guilt-ridden Temeraire? Will Temeraire ever forgive himself for not being able to protect Laurance? As usual, Naomi Novik successfully transported me through time into a world consumed by war and filled with unlikely heroes and dastardly villains. Her ability to use the dialogue of the times and MY ability to feel like it was normal, tells you what a magnet this series is! I was there, I wanted to help with the dragon surgeries, and yes, I wish I could see Temeraire’s and Iskierka’s egg hatch. With all of the action, the intrigue and the characters involved, not once did I feel the story was overwhelming, it felt like “coming home.” This ARC copy of Blood of Tyrants was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series !
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Best series I've read in a very long time! Goin crazy waiting for the next book.
LoveReadingSG More than 1 year ago
I read the first 7 books and really enjoyed the twist on history, the relationship between Laurence & Temeraire and the new world created by the author. I looked forward to book 8 and was very dis-appointed, for me it moved slowly was disjointed in the action and then it just ended. I did not feel that this series was finished nor did the ending make me feel there was another book coming. Very Disappointed.
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banersva More than 1 year ago
Termeriare and the Captain have completed circling the globe. They've visited all of the continents except for North America! I expect they will have to make it there before Naomi Novi wraps up the series in book 10.
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Kanne More than 1 year ago
I love this series. I do, from the first. It is will be quite a disappointment to see it end. This book, delivers on every score. It makes you feel for the enemy, for the dragons, all of the characters. But it is also very artfully written, right in line with Jane Austen's prose, with a slight smack of Suzanne Collins/Shephan King for the sheer surprise of the plot !
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The_Lab_Rat More than 1 year ago
His Majesty's Dragon was a B&N recommendation I bought out of curiosity. It started an addiction. Blood of Tyrants is full of action, well-thought-out characters with interesting character-growth. I can't wait for the next installment in the Temeraire series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, but the last two books have been hard on Temeraire and Laurence especially. I was pleased when things started to look up, even if its only a small consolations, for them. I am looking forward to the conclusion, and hoping the story never ends. Reading this inspired me to go back to the beginging and read the whole series over again, if only to remember where all the cast of characters came from.
Rhyasha0724 More than 1 year ago
While I love this series and the characters in it, this one was not my favorite. It was kind of dark and sad compared to the others and the action seemed to drag at some points.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series, and the latest book is another great one. The only thing I disliked is that I finished it immediately and now I have to wait for the next one! The dragons are written with so much character that you never know what they're going to do next, especially Temeraire. It's also been quite a journey for Laurence, and to see his character and beliefs slowly change over time has been very true to human nature. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in alternate history storylines or dragons in general.
hereticrick More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a great addition to the series! Split up into three "parts" that could each have been their own book, so you definitely get an epic feel going. Definitely shouldn't be read out of order with the rest of the series. One more book to go! Spoiler below: My one complaint is a minor one. I'm not sure how I feel about Lawrence losing his memory for the first half or so of the book. It's handled pretty well so that it's not completely irritating or anything, but it does feel a bit like a useless rehash for the character at times. We already saw him go through the transformation from Navy Captain to Dragon Captain to "traitor" why do we have to watch him go through it again? It still somehow works, so I'm not complaining THAT much...
Azureleone More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a Nook book, so I was reading it digitally. If you aren't watching the page count- which I wasn't- the end sneaks up on you... I literally cried out in dismay when I discovered I was all out of pages to read. Can't wait for the next one!
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reececo331 More than 1 year ago
My uncle got me into this writer, i have purchased all the previous books. part 1  Goes through the trying and difficult conclusion to the adventure fatal voyage. Separated again Temeraire and Laurance have many burdens and cultural impediments that seem insurmountable. stands up to the dynamic legacy of the series. part 2 Laurance has the dynamic novel implement of memory loss before the completion of his obligatory diplomatic visit to his adoptive father, the emperor of China. He finds that his body i used to and practiced where his mind finds it completely unrecognizable to the situation. He finds that there is something amiss in the interactions between the Chinese government and the British convey when he protects the crown prince from an attempted assassination, and find that there is roomers of war and political strife with the British traders.  Part 3 Laurance and Temeraire are faced with the Napoleon invasion of Russia, news came by messenger who had been captured in the ill fated plot against the negotiations with the British. They rushed an impressive fleet of dragons and men to the Russian retreating front lines, only to not be believed that they brought reinforcements. Finding the Russian dragons were more feral and treasure hungry then any dragons so far in the series. Can they repel Napoleons weapons and dragons, cement relations with the Russians, and quail the dictators ambitions?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an other great story, but was not as good as the last 7 books. This book was missing companionship and the closeness of the poeple in the story.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Captain William Laurence has fallen into the sea during a tremendous storm, leaving him stranded in Japan with no memory of the past 7 years or his life with Temeraire. The political situation in Japan is about to explode with William sits in the center.  Vague memories arise but when Temeraire and William are reunited he still can’t remember their friendship and years together. The story continues as they trek to China and then to Russia. Glimpses of memories resurface but Termeraire is remorseful about his inability to protect Laurence. This is a completely compelling story that rivets you to the pages. Novik’s work may come out slower than I like but it’s definitely worth the wait. I am amazed every time by Naomi Novik’s ability to write a historical fantasy that makes me feel like I’m actively participating in the story. The perfect combination of funny, character interaction, suspense and drama...if your a fantasy lover you have to read Blood of Tyrants. OMG, did check out this cover!!! This ARC copy of Blood of Tyrants was given to me by Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 13, 2013. Written by: Naomi Novik Series: Temeraire Sequence in Series: 8 Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Del Rey  Publication Date: August 13, 2013 ISBN-10: 0345522893 ISBN-13: 978-0345522894 Rating: 5 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction,  Age Recommendation: Young Adult +
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I deeply dislike it when Temeraire is made unhappy by Lawrence, the book overall is very good, although not quite as excellent as its immediate predecessor. Nonetheless, well worth reafing if you are a fan of intelligent, likeable dragons.