Tongues of Serpents

Tongues of Serpents

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Convicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon's invasion of England, Temeraire the dragon and his friend and rider, Capt. Will Laurence, are transported to the prison colony in Australia. They carry with them three dragon eggs intended to help establish a covert in the colony.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780345521750
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jan 17, 2019

I do love this series, and I especially love it on audiobook. But this, the sixth book in the series, was a bit of a disappointment. It's still well-written, and was still an enjoyable read, but it lacked the emotional weight of the previous books. Laurence didn't get much agency, and neither did Temeraire, oddly enough. It mostly felt like a setup for the Next Big Conflict.

That being said, the Next Big Conflict is pretty ingenious. This book is where you see the solid split from the progress of the Napoleonic wars as they were in history, and what they might have led to here in fiction. I think Novik's imagination is excellent, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit excited to see Great Britain pulled down a peg during their in-book world domination scheme.

Temeraire doesn't grow much during this book, unlike the previous 5, so it may be that he's mellowing out in his adulthood. We also have a couple of new dragons, and a lot of "Australia is miserable". This isn't a rehash of the old familiar anything (although the usual element of "the natives know what they're doing and let's stop assuming they're ignorant savages" and "stuffy old white guys fighting each other for imaginary power" are around).

Each book in the series has felt fresh, in plot, pace, and setting. As much as I was slightly let down, and bored, with this one, I will happily continue the series. Especially is Laurence decides to become a privateer (because YES, PLEASE).

Jul 24, 2017

As always, the Temeraire series has caught my interest. I like the new dragons and that Laurence and Temeraire might finally get some peace.

Apr 07, 2016

A nice change of pace. We get a break from the long descriptions of battles and move to the Australian Outback where we meet some new villains and some new fantasy creatures. Temeraire has more struggles trying to understand humans, and Lawrence gets himself in more trouble. An old enemy pops up to make their lives even more miserable than just trying to survive on kangaroo meat and avoid the convict's rebellions.

m2 May 27, 2014

I love the Temeraire series, but this book is its weakest link. Very little plot -- flying across the outback pursuing a missing egg. Lots of detail, very little to move the story along (though the birth of 3 amazing dragons from the much prized eggs is the high point). Still in love with the series.

Nov 30, 2012

Reading the first and last chapters would have been sufficient... all the stuff in the middle seemed like stretching out a lot of dragonish whining. This made me sad, considering the love and adoration I had for the first three books, and Novik's general language and style.

Jul 19, 2012

Sometimes an author, going into the fifth or sixth book in a best selling series, can beguin to think themselves above the broad and basic rules of story writing; any word in the novel should advance the plot, develop a character, or integrate a theme; a piece of a larger work should always have significance and continuity in the grander picture; and don't get conflict confused with simply having bad things happen to the characters. Novik makes mistakes in all of the aforementioned categories. Annoying characters are brought back just to be annoying, the book has only cosmetic implications in comparison to the epic political landscape that was developed in the previous books, and worst of all the movement to Australia and general disregard for what made her successful in the first place made it read like a glorified fanfic. Only Novik's excellent syntax and perfect English speech emulation remains to be praised. A return to the grander Napoleonic Wars scheme is in order in “Crucible of Gold”.

Jun 28, 2012

Not the most swashbuckling book in the series. They spend a lot of time flying around the Outback. The dragons squabble like spoiled children. The adults are sometimes not much better. Kind of a downer.

Jun 06, 2011

Overall the series is great, but nothing much happens in this book. The plot could be summarized in five sentences.

Feb 05, 2011

I'm wondering if I missed a book in this series. The plot seemed a lot more complicated than at the beginning (not as bad as Harry Potter series).

Anyways, Temeraire is still by far my favourite dragon in literature.

Jan 31, 2011

Needs to reinvolve them in the Napoleonic wars; that time period is the best part and, while fleshing out that world is interesting, she should take them back into it.

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May 19, 2015

This series is wonderful. this was another adventure of Temeraire .He encounters the giant sea serpents of China,!!!


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