June 17, 2020

Blood of Tyrants: A Novel of Temeraire and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire) Mass Market Paperback – July 29, Naomi Novik’s beloved Temeraire series, a brilliant combination of fantasy and history that reimagines the. Naomi Novik’s beloved Temeraire series, a brilliant combination of fantasy and history that reimagines the Napoleonic wars as fought with the aid. 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.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik. 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 tyranfs 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 tydants 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 William Laurence and his brave but impulsive dragon, Temeraire. Now, in Blood of Tyrantsthe 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.

Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Blood of Tyrantsplease sign up. I honestly thought the last book was not so hot. This plot sounds awfully redundant.

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8) by Naomi Novik

Is this book worth the read? George Was for me. Laurence on his own was interesting and different. And if this the penultimate novel, I’m definitely reading the last of the series!

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See 1 question about Blood of Tyrants…. Lists with This Book. Dec 28, Mitch rated it npvik it. Something strange happened while I was reading Blood of Tyrants I started to like Temeraire again. This series had me at ‘Napoleonic Wars’ and ‘dragons’, but while the first few books ranged from serviceable His Majesty’s Dragon to standout Black Powder Warby the time Empire of Ivory rolled around, these books had started to get bogged down in a Carmen Sandiego-esque need to visit exotic world locales tgrants became less about the War or the dragon.

For me, the series peaked at Napoleon’s i Something strange happened while I was reading Blood of Tyrants Crucible of Gold was one of those things and a step in the right direction, but as I said before, something’s not right when Austerlitz and Jena get maybe a paragraph and there’s chapters dedicated to African slave tyyrants or setting up an Australian penal colony.

I wasn’t sure which Temeraire would be making an appearance in Blood of Tyrantsthe Napoleonic War invested Temeraire of Black Powder War or the random globetrotting filler Temeraire of Tongues of Serpentsbut to my dismay turned surprise, both.

Part One – if I could pretend this never happened, I would. As promised, Lawrence is shipwrecked in Japan and unfortunately this part involves the same kinds of excesses that made the last few books Crucible of Gold somewhat aside such chores to read.


While nothing in Part Two is really needed to understand Part Three, it does pick up some loose plot threads from Throne of Jade and explain why China would enter the war, and this time at least the explanation makes more sense than the whole fiasco with the Incan Empire in Crucible of Gold. Part Three – where have you been all this time? Lawrence and Temeraire are there. Too bad awesome villain ess Madame Lien is still missing in action and the book ends on a cliffhanger with the Russian winter, but I am totally stoked to see what comes next.

In a nutshell, Blood of Tyrants is definitely the strongest Temeraire novel since at least even without pretending Part One never happenssimply because Naomi Novik brings the series back to its roots. Fans of the series should be happy to know Temeraire is finally back on track. View all 18 comments. Pretty standard rating from me for this series.

Aug 04, Jacob rated it liked it Shelves: I haven’t won anything in a Goodreads giveaway in three years, I only rarely enter contests anymore, and my interest in the Temeraire series has been declining lately, but somehow, for some reason, I gave this contest a try and managed to win the book.

Stranger things have happened, I guess. Like forgetting that one has a dragon, amiright? William Laurence, a man who has a dragon–and who has had said dragon for the past seven books in this series–wakes up in Japan with no memory of the events of the last seven books, including his dragon. That’s totally original and has never been done before! Then, with an army of dragons lent by China, he goes off to Russia to fight Napoleon.

I’ve been a fan of the Temeraire series from the very very beginning, and have been rather forgiving of the various adventures which Laurence and the dragon Temeraire have had, but this is just ridiculous.

C’mon, was that necessary?

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Devoting a full third of the book to a pointless side adventure miiight have worked in earlier books and often didbut this late in the series it’s rather a waste of time, dontcha think? It sounds like the next and tytants book will continue the war in Russia, unless Laurence is suddenly sent to Norway to observe the habits of ice dragons tyrant something, but the page count devoted to this soap opera amnesia story could have been employed for something better.

That’s just me, really. I’ve become a grumpy old reader with little patience for fantasy these days, and Blod still believe the series should’ve ended with the fifth book. But I doubt Goodreads will be willing to give me a free copy next time around.

View all 7 comments. Jul 02, Tamara added it Shelves: I guess i’m the only person who didn’t mind the amnesia plot? Given that the Temeraire books are not exactly a font of deep and introspective characterization, even a fairly cheap device like amnesia was fairly effective at wringing some out.

I don’t know if this is a particularly unusual way to read the books – my impression is that i’m in a minority, anyway – but I’ve always cared a great deal more about Lawrence than I have about Temeraire. Temeraire is just kind of twee and cute and modern p I guess i’m the only person who didn’t mind the amnesia plot?

Temeraire is just kind of twee and cute and modern politically correct all the time. Lawrence actually has a fairly complex and difficult character arc buried under all the reticence and good manners well, and a degree of authorial disinterestfrom having his whole life upheaved, reassesing his sense of duty and doing it all while, at least in the early books, still being a product of his time. I’m beginning to lose track of all the war stuff and who is against who and the dragon emancipation business which feels like pandering to reader sensibilities.


I could, however, spend a whole book reading Lawrence having awkward conversations with his mother and trying to decide who to promote to lieutenant. Anyway, back to this book – that’s why I liked noovik slower, lost-Lawrence stuff of the beginning. Afterwards when we’re back to adventuring around and such, well, it isn’t bad, but it all gets to be rather the same after a while. View all 10 comments. I love spending time with Temeraire and Laurence. This book has three distinct storylines, and contains hardship and tyranst, struggle and defiance, reunions and sunderings, adventure and humor, and sometimes even sweet success and exultation.

And war, when they meet up once again with their arch nemesis, Napoleon. These dragons are naive and idealistic in their expectations of humans to behave kindly and intelligently, even though they are frequently betrayed by us. Our odd notions of duty and I love spending time with Temeraire and Laurence. Our odd notions of duty and law and rituals confuse them and they do their best to strip them away and show us the difference between right and wrong.

These ‘beasts’ could teach us a lot if we let them. I read as slowly as I could, trying to make it last, but it was difficult as I just wanted to burn through the pages. I won’t say any more, as I don’t want to bloood spoilers, but I am already wishing I had the next book. Until we meet again, Temeraire, be careful – you are much too impulsive and wanting to rescue everyone unless they threaten Laurence of course, but you really musn’t tyrajts them, no matter how much they deserve it.

Let the divine wind blow! Sep 14, Kathleen rated it liked it Shelves: Not the best in the series, but not bad. This book is broken into three parts. Because they could each be stand-alone books, I rate and review each part separately. Laurence washed ashore about 60 miles from the only internationally accessible port — Nagasaki — after he got swept overboard, hitting his head, and losing his memory.

The authorities are hunting him. A Japanese youth named Junichiro plays a role. Meanwhile, Temeraire frets and Iskierka lays their preci Not the best in the series, but not bad. Meanwhile, Temeraire frets and Iskierka lays their precious egg. I don’t much care for amnesia-based plots and this part felt pointless and slow. I didn’t like the attitude aboard the British ship. But there are cool sea serpents and river dragons.

I liked Sui Riu, a water dragon, the Guardian of the West. This part reminded me of Throne of Jade. Would almost go 5 stars if not for amnesia and rehashing past books with shadowy memories, and re-confronting the treason issue.

Another npvik is the way Novik waxed on laboriously, showing how Laurence justified his willingness to look the other way with respect to a gay relationship among the aviators, which of course was illegal. It was overkill, and we already went through that in Crucible of Gold. But still, this is the best part of the book. Excellent pacing and wonderful battle scenes.

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