Empire of Ivory

Empire of Ivory

Book - 2007
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"A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon."
-The New York Times

"Enthralling reading-it's like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon's Christopher Paolini."
-Time, on His Majesty's Dragon


Tragedy has struck His Majesty's Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England's shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons' ranks-forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected-and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France's ever bolder sorties.
Bonaparte's dragons are already harrowing Britain's ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line.


"A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy."
-Entertainment Weekly, on His Majesty's Dragon

"A thrilling fantasy . . . All hail Naomi Novik."
-The Washington Post Book World, on His Majesty's Dragon
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780345496874
Branch Call Number: PB Novik
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 18 cm.

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JihadiConservative
Feb 18, 2016

Definitely terrible compared to the author's other works.

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Catrionahutchinson
Aug 27, 2015

This book was so much fun; from a rather depressing start we get taken on a trip to Africa with tribes and their dragons! Very imaginative. This is one of my favorites in the series so far. The characters are growing and evolving. To my delight the author, Naomi Novik, has added the most comedy yet to her writing in this one. In certain parts of the book, the dragons provide some brief comic relief which I found very refreshing.

m2 May 03, 2014

Naomi Novik just keeps getting better. Love her alternate Africa! If only there'd been dragons like Temeraire, our whole sorry world would have been better. Can't believe how addictive this series is.

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starvark
Nov 30, 2012

Dragged a bit in the middle, but still very interesting and fun.

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parody
Sep 21, 2011

I think the first book and this one are tied for my favourite of the series. This one spent much less time focusing on the travel aspect of the journey and more on the action. It had more emotion and a greater goal for their journey. It brought up some interesting issues of the dragon/historical world. I think I read this the fastest of all the books as it kept me wanting to read and read! Very good!

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Juiceman
Sep 30, 2007

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Juiceman
Sep 30, 2007

Coarse Language: Says f*%# you a couple times.

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