Throne of Jade
(Book 7 of Once Upon a Time)
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik.
Paperback 398 pgs
Publisher: Del Rey; (2006)
(298 pgs in trade paperback size)
When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces.
Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await
So.. I ventured out once again with Temeraire and Laurence while the Chinese discover one of their precious Dragons is in the hands of a “nobody” and using him for “war” instead of treating him in the high regard that the Chinese hold them.. So they go to England to claim Temeraire as their own and to take him back to China. They didn’t figure on the bond between Laurence and Temeraire.
That bond is what kept me reading book two. Although surprising things happen along the way to China, it is the building of the bond between Laurence and Temeraire that is the best part of both of the books that I have read. I needed to know that even the Prince from China could not alter that bond. But did that happen? Tsk, tsk.. I”m not telling!
Both of the Tereraire books I have enjoyed. I love the dragons. Much different from any others I’ve read about and well characterized in Naomi’s writings.
As much as I’ve liked both books I am breaking away from reading book 3 and letting myself read something away from books such as these. Generally I have to read to the end which is only one more book, but I feel the need for a break. So I may well read something that isn’t even Fantasy. (*gasp!) Have no fear, I am ahead of the game.. I signed up to read one book and I’ve read 6 plus added one audio (7 total). I will most likely be back to another Fantasy book before OUaT is over!