The ninth and final book in Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series—League of Dragons—is out on June 14. Alas, I have only read the first three books. While I catch up, my review of the book 2, Throne of Jade, is below.
Set during the Napoleonic Wars (with dragons providing each country an air force), the Temeraire Series follows Captain Will Laurence and his dragon Temeraire, a powerful dragon of Chinese origin captured from the French as an egg. Throne of Jade picks up shortly past where His Majesty’s Dragon ends. The Chinese emperor is demanding Temeraire back, so he and Laurence must travel to China.
The entire sequence leading to their departure left me more than a bit incredulous, but it gets better. The ship ride over is a cauldron of conflict. The Chinese do not trust the English and vice versa. Even amongst the English, there is animosity between the aviators and the sailors. We are taken far away from the action on the Continent but introduced to a remarkable new world.
Throne of Jade is again short on action (at least in the sense of actual battle), but the political tensions make up for it and the action sequences themselves are much improved from His Majesty’s Dragon.