Tongues of Serpents: A Novel of Temeraire Mass Market Paperback – Jun 7 2011
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“A joy to read.”—The Star-Ledger
“I’m more excited about [Naomi] Novik’s series than I ever have been. . . . Tongues of Serpents might just be the best.”—Clay Kallam, Contra Costa Times
Praise for the novels of Temeraire
“Completely involving and probably addictive.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Gripping adventure.”—Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, and Blood of Tyrants, the first eight volumes of the Temeraire series. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.
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And though my expectations were not that high based on its predecessor, it saddens me to report that Tongues of Serpents was a lackluster effort leaving a lot to be desired. After revitalizing the genre with such originality, Naomi Novik's latest work does very little to further the plot of the main story arc.
Here's the blurb:
A dazzling blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naomi Novik's Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war, are more than just perennial bestsellers--they are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, in Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik is back, along with the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence.
Convicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon's invasion of England, Temeraire and Laurence--stripped of rank and standing--have been transported to the prison colony at New South Wales in distant Australia, where, it is hoped, they cannot further corrupt the British Aerial Corps with their dangerous notions of liberty for dragons.Read more ›
Laurence and Temeraire arrive in Australia, along with a trio of dragon eggs and a shipload of convicts. They soon discover that Sydney isn't a very pleasant place to live, particularly for dragons -- there aren't enough cattle to eat, so they're forced to eat kangaroo. To make matters worse, Rankin (BOO!) arrives just in time for one of the eggs to hatch, and he and his bratty new dragon accompany our heroes on a long trek across Australia.
But the trip turns out to be an unpleasant one -- storms, food and water shortages, injuries, oblivious natives, a crippled baby dragon, internal friction and monstrous bunyips intent on eating whatever they can find. Then the Yellow Reaper egg is stolen by smugglers who are whisking it across Australia, and the exhausted Temeraire and Co. set out on a long journey to retrieve it -- with a surprising destination.
I was a little apprehensive about "Tongues of Serpents," since it would take place far from England, China, the Napoleonic wars, and the dragons we had come to know and love. Fortunately, Novik keeps some familiar elements in the story -- there are dollops of England and China in the Australian wilderness, and some news of the war's developments does get woven into the story.
Yes, this is ANOTHER book where most of the story is spent traveling from Point A to Point Z -- in this case, across Australia.Read more ›
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Delightful reading. I wish there was a fourth book titled: The Valley's Delights and Tribulations. Thank you and let us look forward yet.Published 18 months ago by Christine Brandon