February 28, 2013

Jan Gephardt Reviews "Victory of Eagles" by Naomi Novik

Taking the 50-Word Review Challenge!

The 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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  1. I read the first book in this series and then immediately bought the rest of the series. But to date I haven't read beyond the first book.

    What do you consider to be the strongest book in the series?

    1. I'm totally with you. I read the first book, and wanted the rest right away. I think all of them maintain their readability, and the characters remain interesting. Laurence is always a bit hung up on honor (sometimes in really impractical ways), but he seemed more so in this book--not surprisingly: his honor has taken a major hit. I loved seeing Temeraire deal with the details of leadership.

      To answer your question, I think for me Book One and Book Three were strongest, though I don't want to discount the others. All have been well worth reading.