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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496904
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

“Enthralling reading."—Time

“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, and Tongues of Serpents, the first six volumes of the Temeraire series, recently optioned by Peter Jackson, the Academy Award–winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In 2007, Novik received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the World Science Fiction Convention. A history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era, Novik studied English literature at Brown University, then did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final? Novik lives in New York City with her husband and six computers.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick St-Denis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 31 2010
Format: Hardcover
Given the fact that after reading Victory of Eagles I felt that the series appeared to be losing a little steam, I was curious to see if this sixth installment in the Temeraire series would be a return to form. The books are becoming formulaic and episodic in style and tone, and I for one was hoping for a throwback to the first four volumes.

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.

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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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love the Temeraire series, the characters are well fleshed out, imaginative, and beautifully written about. The world is interesting, dragons and gun powder co existing. Well worth the read!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Delightful reading. I wish there was a fourth book titled: The Valley's Delights and Tribulations. Thank you and let us look forward yet.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelia Piton on Aug. 20 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved reading the Temeraine series and was thrilled to find this book and looked forward to the enjoyment of reading it. What a bitter disappointment it has turned out to be, I feel cheated by having paid money to buy it in hardcover.

There appears to be no discernible plot to the book and the reader is left feeling as though the last half of the book is missing. The book is disjointed and reads as though it was thrown together from scraps of plot lines that fail to materialize. I am left feeling insulted that Naomi Novik and her publishing house feel so little regard for those of us who read the series that they would publish something that is so incredibly unfinished and substandard.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 30 2011
Format: Hardcover
When we last left William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire, they had been exiled to Australia. And "Tongues of Serpents" picks up with their arrival -- which turns out to be a lot more exciting than you'd think. Naomi Novik's sixth novel starts off slowly with lots of dragging around Sydney, but picks up into a grimy, sweaty, surprising adventure Down Unda.

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.
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