Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Yeah.. I'm glad I've been taking my time reading this series. The plots change but the plot layout is exactly the same. Always worst case scenarios and M. Night Shamylan plot twists. They're fun to read but getting steadily more predictable and with that, bit by bit more dull and unappealing.
I like this installment in the Temeraire series because more dragons were introduced, if only for a short part of the novel. Not so much the fact that the crew's trek across the desert read almost exactly like the voyage overseas to china in Throne of Jade.Oh, and surprise! Laurence confronts Tharkay about his being sneaky and suspicious, and they'll probably become best buddies. Sounds familiar. In fact, sounds exactly like his conflict and resolution with Granby in the first book, His Majesty's Dragon. Dammit, this book is lacking in originality :(
I must say though, the more I read this series, the more I wish Temeraire was real. He is fiercely protective of Laurence, and it's a lot of fun immersing myself into this fantasy world of dragons and imagining myself to have such a friend and guardian. (I'm a complete and total nerd, I know).
Liking the second half of the novel more than the second. Once Temeraire and his crew escape Turkey with the dragon eggs, they become involved in skirmishes and battles giants the French alongside the Prussians. The story gets a lot more original, and a lot more interesting from that point on, although I worry that it will end with a cliffhanger and I'll be too tempted to read the next installment immediately, regardless of the countless other books I have on my to-read list as well. You know, like reading more of the game of thrones books, as I've only read two so far..
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