Throne of Jade

Throne of Jade

Book - 2006
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Captain Will Laurence and his noble dragon Temeraire battle against Bonaparte's invading forces. When China discovers that their rare gift, meant for Napoleon, is now in the hands of the British forces, they demand the return of the dragon
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780345481290
0345481291
Branch Call Number: SF Novik, N 100.2 2006
Characteristics: 398 pages ; 18 cm

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LPL_MeredithW Mar 02, 2017

Not as much pure fun as "His Majesty's Dragon," but a much richer read in the end. I found it deeply rewarding that "Throne of Jade" built on what seemed like minor, tossed-off comments about the dragons' unfair situation in England to point out that, no, actually, they ARE treated poorly. Smart and engaging, this turned out to be a deeply political novel in the best sense of the term.

DBRL_KatieL Dec 19, 2016

Overall an enjoyable read. The pacing is similar to in the first book, with great detail that adds length, but not bulk to the story. You do not feel like you are readying a terribly long book. One part that sticks with me is all the details given about the ceremony when the ship crosses the equator, however much of it was lost on me as I don't have a naval back ground. I almost wanted to have Wikipedia near by to look up some terms such as the different positions the crew filled, and diagrams of what the ships would have looked like.

I only give this book four stars for the ending. It is rather abrupt, with a spurt of action then one chapter to wrap it all up. I would have liked more character exploration at the end, especially Temeraire, as he is developing and maturing during this time. However that does not seem to be the authors style, and it does fit with the narrator's voice and character not to dwell on emotions.

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stellasutherland
Nov 23, 2016

This series is absolutely brilliant. The language, the cultural customs that are blown apart by the wonderful world of dragons in history, the interplay between Laurence and Temeraire, it is all shear genius. Novik's human characters are deep and well rounded, surprising and passionate but true to their era in their values. Her dragon characters are enchanting and vibrant and thoroughly entertaining. The personal growth as Laurence and Temeraire develop together is so well thought through, it is a wonderful study in a long term complex relationships in an imperfect world. I highly recommend the entire series.

m2 Apr 14, 2014

Still loving this series about the joint adventures of Captain Will Laurence and his Chinese dragon, Temeraire.

A few really good battle scenes bracket a slow gentle exploration of the ramifications of the relationship between human and dragon.

There is always a mystery that is solved by the end, but that really isn't the point. It is just the pleasure of learning of a world where men (and Women!) can bond with a creature of such size and complexity.

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Bulladius_Sirus
Jun 03, 2012

This book was less intense than the first, and not as good; but I was still enthralled by it.

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Rashkavar
Apr 25, 2012

Unlike the previous poster, I find the diction to be one of the greatest draws in this series. Novik actually puts a great deal of effort into using a form of English that fits the times.

"My Dear," for instance, is traditionally a very formal form of friendly address. Hence every formal letter begins "Dear ____:"

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parody
Aug 31, 2011

I enjoyed the sequel less than the first one. The bond between Laurence and Termeraire didn't seem as prevalent until the end of the novel - and a little strange. At first I just felt it was more like a father-child relationship, then brotherly-love, but when Laurence get's jealous over Termeraire spending time with a lady friend...it gets confusing. I wish Laurence would stop calling him "My Dear"... Anyways, the plot was much slower in this one, with most of the book spent travelling and the most action at the end. I think I'll give the next book a chance, but definitely did not hold my interest as much as the first.

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Drache
Dec 16, 2010

After Laurence and Temeraire beat the French, Laurence finds out that he must give Temeraire back to the Chinese Emporer. Along the way to China Lauence must face sea serpents, someone trying to kill him, and the possiblity of losing Termeraire forever.

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