Throne of Jade

, #2

398 pages

English language

Published Feb. 23, 2006 by Ballantine Books.

ISBN:
978-0-345-48129-0
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4 stars (9 reviews)

Captain Will Laurence and his noble dragon Temeraire battle against Bonaparte's invading forces. When China discovers that their rare gift, meant for Napoleon, is now in the hands of the British forces, they demand the return of the dragon.

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reviewed Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik (Temeraire, #2)

Wonderful fantasy

4 stars

I eagerly grabbed a good condition paperback copy of Throne Of Jade when I spotted it in a village book exchange cabinet last week. I knew nothing about the Temeraire series, but simply remembered how much I had previously enjoyed reading Uprooted and was keen to experience more of her work. As it turned out, it didn't matter to me that Throne Of Jade is the second Temeraire novel because I was easily able to pick up the premise and loved how Novik has imagined a flying dragon corps into British history. Despite this obviously incongruity, the novel did feel like light historical fiction and I had no trouble in completely believing in dragons' existence within the world she created. The relationship between Temeraire and his captain, Laurence, is convincingly portrayed. I particularly appreciated the time given over to showing the depth of their emotional bond which allowed me to …

reviewed Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik (Temeraire, #2)

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4 stars

Naomi Novik’s Throne of Jade is a wonderful addition to her alternate history fantasy series. This novel, the second entry in the series, sees Laurence and Temeraire traveling to China on a sensitive mission. The Chinese want Temeraire back, and—of course—the dragon will have none of being separated from Laurence. But where this really shines is how Novik uses the backdrop of her alternative history to explore issues that are incredibly relevant to our world today.

One place where Novik excels in this novel, and I think it’s a very subtle thing, is in realistically imagining her world. She skillfully crafts a believable version of what the world would have been like in 1806 if dragons were well known throughout the world. I thought this was particularly true in the juxtaposition between the way dragons are treated and how they integrate into society in China versus how they do so …

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Subjects

  • Great Britain. -- Royal Navy -- Officers -- Fiction.
  • Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Fiction.
  • Ship captains -- Fiction.
  • Dragons -- Fiction.