By Naomi Novik
“A well suited series.”
“Naomi Novik has performed for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for technology fiction: developed an alternative fact within which dragons are genuine in a saga that's impressively unique, absolutely built, and peopled with characters you care about.”
–David Weber, writer of the dignity Harrington series
After their fateful experience in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his striking dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid through a mysterious envoy bearing pressing new orders from Britain. 3 priceless dragon eggs were bought from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire needs to detour to Istanbul to escort the valuable shipment again to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne domestic ahead of hatching.
Yet catastrophe threatens the challenge at each turn–thanks to the diabolical machinations of the chinese language dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’s demise and vows to best friend herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, confronted with shattering betrayal in an unforeseen position, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad needs to release a bold offensive. yet what probability have they got opposed to the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable military?