book: Victory of Eagles
Author: Naomi Novik
The reviewer: Jan S. Gephardt
Available from: Barnes & Noble
The page-turning 5th book in the “Temeraire” series, Victory of Eagles deals with love, duty and treason, and features a Napoleonic invasion of England—yet for me it never quite came to full crescendo or totally satisfying finish. The series features an alternate history where the Napoleonic wars are fought—but both sides have dragons. In book 4, Temeraire, the willful Chinese Celestial (dragon) and his captain, Will Laurence, shared a dragon plague’s cure with France; Will is now a convicted traitor, and Temeraire’s exiled to the breeding grounds. Both get temporary release to meet the invasion. Worth reading, but not the series’ strongest book.
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