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Publisher Description

Naomi Novik’s stunning series of novels follow the global adventures of Captain William Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire as they are thrown together to fight for Britain during the turbulent time of the Napoleonic Wars.

Laurence and Temeraire have been banished from the country they’ve fought so hard to protect - and the friends they have made in the British Aerial Corps.

Found guilty of treason, man and dragon have been deported to Australia to start a new life and many new adventures.


‘These are beautifully written novels, not only fresh, original and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart.’
Peter Jackson

‘Novik won me over with her first novel… the combination of military history, sympathetic characters, and engaging style makes this series great, intelligent fun.’
The Times

‘Plenty of intrigue, swordplay, exotic locations, plausible invention. In short a treat.’
The Telegraph

‘Novik has stirred the passions with a genre-busting historical fantasy of the first order.'
Sunday Sport

'In the best tradition of fantasy, historical fiction and nautical novels.'

About the author

Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, a first-generation American, and raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to work in the games industry. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn working on a game in Canada, she realized she preferred the writing to the programming, and, on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels. Temeraire is her first.

Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers. Her website and livejournal are at www.temeraire.org.

Fiction & Literature
2 September

Customer Reviews

Mitten kitten 2121 ,

Enjoyable if samey

While the formulaic nature of the books wears a little thin (somehow temeraire finds another new place to visit!), nevertheless this is very enjoyable. The characters are interesting (the dragons most of all) and the action keeps coming. If you liked the others you'll like this, even if the similarity in plot is somewhat vexing. Personally I'd like to see more of Laurence and Temeraire's interaction with their friends in Britain but ho hum, and how Temeraire will get Britain to be more dragon-friendly. Even so this is recommended!

Mantrahunter ,

A bit of a downturn

Tongues of Serpents is a perfectly good tale, and certainly gripping. However, it lacks something compared to its excellent predecessors in the series. Perhaps it is the absence of so many of the characters who once made up the cast, though in truth they have been somewhat left by the wayside as the story has progressed. More likely it is that Captain Lawrence has so few people to talk to and is so isolated that the story languishes in introspection. Events happen around them and rather leave them behind. As such, it feels a bit limp compared to the 'in-the-thick-of-it' feel of the previous books. Tongues of Serpents feels like a laying of groundwork for a new direction for Temeraire rather than an core part of the story. Too much of it could have been skipped over in less detail, to my mind. Still, it is essential to the whole tale as a series (I feel), and it will certainly keep you entertained.

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