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Deal Breaker This book is a complete deal breaker The 4th installment in the Temeraire series, comes as a shockingly hollow book Devoid of any story line, this book left me thoroughly disappointed I am quite literally sad When I picked this series initially, I was ecstatic Such brilliant writing style with such flow and a very charming Dragon What else could I ask for But since then this series has been on the decline in terms of story line and this book in particular brings it to a g Deal Breaker This book is a complete deal breaker The 4th installment in the Temeraire series, comes as a shockingly hollow book Devoid of any story line, this book left me thoroughly disappointed I am quite literally sad When I picked this series initially, I was ecstatic Such brilliant writing style with such flow and a very charming Dragon What else could I ask for But since then this series has been on the decline in terms of story line and this book in particular brings it to a grinding halt There is no story at all It reads like a filler Something to plug in the space between the story that might later develop.The writing style that was so engrossing when there was a story becomes a complete nuisance when there is no story It hinders a superficial read for the heck of it and thus annoys the reader.I ll be putting this series down for the time being I do not have the final book in the series which is just a minor reason But I guess, I need a break from this series to lower my expectations and then maybe I ll come back to it I really want it to turn out into something i d cherish.I really like Naomi Novik for her writing and I really do hope that the next part will revive the magic and will make for an interesting comeback to the story line.Fingers Crossed [[ Epub ]] ✒ Empire of Ivory ⇘ 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 DragonTragedy 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 sortiesBonaparte 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 The very young hold up best, and the old ones linger it is the ones between who have been dying Dying first, anyway I suppose they will all go in the endIn Empire of Ivory we are transported to Africa as we follow Laurence and Temeraire in their quest to find a cure for the epidemic that has spread to his fellow dragons I love the fact that with each book we explore a different place instead of just staying in the same setting every time Since this book is set in Africa weThe very young hold up best, and the old ones linger it is the ones between who have been dying Dying first, anyway I suppose they will all go in the endIn Empire of Ivory we are transported to Africa as we follow Laurence and Temeraire in their quest to find a cure for the epidemic that has spread to his fellow dragons I love the fact that with each book we explore a different place instead of just staying in the same setting every time Since this book is set in Africa we have the chance to stop focusing on the endless war between England and France and explore other themes as well such as slavery Not only we see the struggles many people were having in their battle to abolish slavery, but we also see the tragic results for those who were stolen from their home countries and thrown into slavery It was really interesting to see the dragons become the biggest advocate of the slaves and completely understandable, given the fact that very often they were given the same treatment even though they were serving and protecting the countryIt was no conscious malice, only the common unthinking assumption by which men treated dragons as inconvenient if elevated livestock, to be managed and herded without consideration for their own sentimentsDespite all the bad treatment the dragons receive daily there are still people who care about them We might not see their captains express their feelings regularly but after the epidemic broke out their love for their dragons really shows, it was so sweet seeing Laurence worry about Temeraire despite all his military training to handle difficult situationsLaurence Laurence, pray do not worry it does not hurt so much, and look, it has already stopped bleedingYou would think that with all those themes of war, slavery and disease this book would end up being dark, but the dragons, having their own ideas about manners and politeness, often refused to follow the human social rituals and provided this way comic relief Lily heaved a disgruntled sigh, and turning her lurid orange eye on Riley said, Very well, then but if you are unpleasant to Catherine, I will throw you in the ocean 2011 September 21Yeah, she managed to slip penguins in there with the colonialism and the slavery and the dragon plague It feels quite a bit as if she can read my mind and anticipate everything I might want to see and give it to me I d give her a whole extra star just for the 19th century epidemiology alone And another star for Mrs Erasmus It s hard for me to think of another book, let alone a series, which deals so well with very weighty issues and is such insane pleasure to read.Library c 2011 September 21Yeah, she managed to slip penguins in there with the colonialism and the slavery and the dragon plague It feels quite a bit as if she can read my mind and anticipate everything I might want to see and give it to me I d give her a whole extra star just for the 19th century epidemiology alone And another star for Mrs Erasmus It s hard for me to think of another book, let alone a series, which deals so well with very weighty issues and is such insane pleasure to read.Library copy Well, I finished book 4 with a bit of trepidation for future entries Despite my love for the series, and the solid foundation that this alternate history tale was built on, THIS was the Temeraire book I didn t even know I wanted While the previous books in the series have all been good, Empire of Ivory definitely stands taller than the rest My concern is that this is the pinnacle of the series, and that everything else that follows might not quite live up to the newly established standard Li Well, I finished book 4 with a bit of trepidation for future entries Despite my love for the series, and the solid foundation that this alternate history tale was built on, THIS was the Temeraire book I didn t even know I wanted While the previous books in the series have all been good, Empire of Ivory definitely stands taller than the rest My concern is that this is the pinnacle of the series, and that everything else that follows might not quite live up to the newly established standard Like the 4th season of Dexter, The Wall by Pink Floyd, The Empire Strikes Back, and Nemesis Games by James S.A Corey, this is THE tale, the one that really brings it all together The struggles here really resonated with me, and the events within changed the whole damn game going forward Now don t get me wrong, I am sure the rest of the books will be great, and I am excited to get through them, but I don t think that they ll reach the lofty heights established here.Compared to the previous 3 stories, this book is just dense Not so much in number of pages, but rather in content So much happens here The Abolitionist movement and the similarity between the treatment of black slaves and dragons by the English , the sickness of the dragons and the ensuing rush for the cure, the discoveries that take place on the African continent, and the big game changer at the end and obligatory cliffhanger , all ensure that this particular book never has a dull moment.Laurence s family ties to the Abolition movement play a big role here, and the parallels between slave ownership and dragon ownership is a great, albeit none too subtle, way to take the narrative beyond just the war Temeraire is growingandas a character, and with his growing awareness of the world around him, he is truly beginning to question the rules of society and his place within the world of men.I can say that while I miss Tharkay, I am glad for the new characters that enter the mix Reverend Josiah Erasmus and his wife, Lethabo, are very welcome additions to the story, as are the native boys Sipho and Demane This diversity is most welcome, as it helps expand the narrative beyond that of dragons and their aviators And Iskierka how I wantandof her going forward The Yin to Temeraire s Yang, I chuckle everytime she makes an appearance She really needs a moment to show just how dangerous she can be.The action is this entry is pretty minimal, as the focus ison the cure, the clash of cultures, and the difference between doing one s duty and doing what is right All the different shades that we ve seen of Laurence through the first 3 books finally come into play here, and we feel for him as he makes a decision that, while morally correct, may still be his ruin While the war, and the various battles that are part of the greater conflict, are definitely a great danger, the stakes are the highest they ve been so far And really, that s about all I can say here The less spoilers the better for this particular novel If you are a fan of the series, and haven t read this one yet, then I say get on it Empire of Ivory was just the thing to follow the relatively slow read that was Black Powder War Now I get to see if my theory is correct bring on Victory of Eagles The best yet in this series Empire of Ivory delivers several gut punches I am so happy I started this series after it is mostly done, because after the cliffhanger ending in this book I would have been fit to be tied As it is, I m already listening to Book V, Victory of Eagles The best yet in this series Empire of Ivory delivers several gut punches I am so happy I started this series after it is mostly done, because after the cliffhanger ending in this book I would have been fit to be tied As it is, I m already listening to Book V, Victory of Eagles LAURENCE sigh What an ending Reread 07 19 still felt every emotion just as strongly this time round RTC This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Laurence and Temeraire s most recent adventure is a bit of a departure from their usual military and diplomatic adventures This time, they re out searching for a cure for a draconic ailment that is lingering and eventual fatal The entire Aerial Corps is at risk, and Temeraire is one of the only healthy dragons left So, it s off to Africa, where they think the cure might be found.I have always loved the different ways that cultures integrate dragons into themselves We got to see the Chinese p Laurence and Temeraire s most recent adventure is a bit of a departure from their usual military and diplomatic adventures This time, they re out searching for a cure for a draconic ailment that is lingering and eventual fatal The entire Aerial Corps is at risk, and Temeraire is one of the only healthy dragons left So, it s off to Africa, where they think the cure might be found.I have always loved the different ways that cultures integrate dragons into themselves We got to see the Chinese practices in the second novel, and in this one, we get to see how tribes in Central Africa do it They believe that dragons are reincarnated spirits of people who have recently died, and when a dragon is still in the egg, it has its entire human life told to it in ceremonial chanting So, the dragon hatches already having a history and a connection to the community it is born into This, I think, has the same effect as harnessing does for the Westerners As long as the dragon is immediately somehow given a place in human society, it won t go feral At any event, things move slowly as Laurence and his crew search for a rare mushroom that proves to cure the illness, but pick up when they discover that the tribes in Central Africa have banded together with their dragons to stop the incursion of slavers into their lands This is a point where the history of Temeraire s world suddenly went very differently than the history of our own Though it was quite cool that Temeraire made a friend and ally for his cause in William Wilberforce when Laurence s father convinces both of them to meet with a bunch of British abolitionists A great many other things happened that deserve some comment the issue of women in the Corps continues to give poor Will Laurence fits There s Catherine Harcourt s complete ignorance of the rules of inheritance and her dalliance with Riley who was quite insufferable for most of the novel and the quick wedding can t wait to see where that goes a navy captain married to a longwing captain who is very sure of herself and used to being in command , but then there s also Jane Roland, and the unfortunate misunderstanding that led to Will s father believing Emily to be his natural child I felt bad for him when Jane refused his proposal so matter of factly, but I think that it was for the best, seeing as how Will was asking for reasons of appearances rather than affection Not to say that the tow of them don t care for each other I m even hoping that they re going to get closer as the books progress Right now, they re mostly convenient friends with benefits dear friends, even Besides, I don t think Will s quite ready for the kind of equality being in love relationship with Jane would entail.All of that aside HOLY CRAP THE CLIFFHANGER I couldn t believe it when I read that the Admiralty had basically, for lack of a better word, engaged in biological warfare by sending the sick French dragon back home without thought for the countless innocent dragons from enemy and ally countries alike that would fall ill and die because of it With the shock of that still very fresh in my mind, within pages, Laurence and Temeraire are off committing in my mind quite justifiable treason by taking the French the cure And Will, being the noble minded Englishman that he is, is going back to England now that he s done what he felt was right Though I have never beenproud of Laurence and Temeraire, the government is NOT going to be happy with Will, and how he s going to escape without a noose around his neck is anyone s guess Next book now, please