League of Dragons

League of Dragons

eBook - 2016
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With the acclaimed Temeraire novels, New York Times bestselling author Naomi Novik has created a fantasy series like no other, combining the high-flying appeal of Anne McCaffrey's Pern saga and the swashbuckling derring-do of Patrick O'Brian's historical seafaring adventures. Now, with League of Dragons, Novik brings the imaginative tour de force that has captivated millions to an unforgettable finish.

Napoleon's invasion of Russia has been roundly thwarted. But even as Capt. William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the retreating enemy through an unforgiving winter, Napoleon is raising a new force, and he'll soon have enough men and dragons to resume the offensive. While the emperor regroups, the allies have an opportunity to strike first and defeat him once and for all--if internal struggles and petty squabbles don't tear them apart.

Aware of his weakened position, Napoleon has promised the dragons of every country--and the ferals, loyal only to themselves--vast new rights and powers if they fight under his banner. It is an offer eagerly embraced from Asia to Africa--and even by England, whose dragons have long rankled at their disrespectful treatment.

But Laurence and his faithful dragon soon discover that the wily Napoleon has one more gambit at the ready--one that that may win him the war, and the world.

Praise for League of Dragons

"Novik has accomplished something singular with her Temeraire series. It's long. It's sumptuous. . . . It's a story about friendship that transcends not only time and class, but species. . . . League of Dragons masterfully wraps up so many plot threads and loose ends that had built up throughout the previous eight books [but] Novik never forgets that, as complex as her ideas and plot may get, the very simple notions of friendship and loyalty lie at the heart of the series." --NPR

"A satisfying conclusion to a remarkable series." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Thrilling scenes of aerial combat are interspersed with detailed character work, moral complexities, and political maneuvering. Novik expertly balances a myriad of plotlines and characters and offers an extremely satisfying resolution." -- Booklist (starred review)

"This thrilling installment is packed with action and excitement, drawing the series to a delightful and satisfying close with plenty of twists, misadventures, and aerial combat along the way." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Novik's fans won't be disappointed." -- Library Journal

" League of Dragons is an ending to the series, it is a definitive one, and it is a satisfying one. Go read it." -- Tordotcom
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2016
ISBN: 9780345522948
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Nov 18, 2016

As the final book of this series, it has been wonderful to see the progression of the characters and the fascinating 'what if' of another world where history is almost the same but not quite because of dragons. My only quibble is that though the story goes into a great deal of detail about the circumstances and battles waged earlier on, the final, most important, battle, and it's consequences to the lives of the main characters is given very few pages, indeed. It almost seems like the writer perhaps realized that the book was getting long and wanted to wrap it up as quickly as possible.
Still a good and enjoyable read though it didn't tie everything up neatly with a bow.

Jul 13, 2016

I usually devour Temeraire books, but after reading only a few pages at a time, I kept putting this down. I just didn't want the story to end! It felt to me that I was losing two very dear friends to time and circumstance and will never hear from them again. HOWEVER, This is the best ending to a series I have ever read. Rather than loss, I felt hope and a sense that in Lawrence's reality the world was very assuredly going to be a much better place. Novik is a genius. Series must be read in order!


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