Crucible of Gold

Crucible of Gold Naomi Novik s beloved series returns with Captain Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon s forces and the friendly and sometim

  • Title: Crucible of Gold
  • Author: Naomi Novik
  • ISBN: 9780345522863
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Naomi Novik s beloved series returns, with Captain Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon s forces and the friendly and sometimes not so friendly fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason For Laurence and Temeraire, put outNaomi Novik s beloved series returns, with Captain Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon s forces and the friendly and sometimes not so friendly fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason For Laurence and Temeraire, put out to pasture in Australia, it seems their part in the war has come to an end just when they are needed most But perhaps they are no longer alone in this opinion Newly allied with the powerful African empire of the Tswana, the French have occupied Spain and brought revolution and bloodshed to Brazil, threatening Britain s last desperate hope to defeat Napoleon And now the government that sidelined them has decided they have the best chance at negotiating a peace with the angry Tswana, who have besieged the Portuguese royal family in Rio and thus offer to reinstate Laurence to his former rank and seniority as a captain in the Aerial Corps Temeraire is delighted by this sudden reversal of fortune, but Laurence is by no means sanguine, knowing from experience that personal honor and duty to one s country do not always run on parallel tracks Nonetheless, the pair embark for Brazil, only to meet with a string of unmitigated disasters that force them to make an unexpected landing in the hostile territory of the Incan empire, where they face new unanticipated dangers Now with the success of the mission balanced on a razor s edge, and failure looking likely by the minute, the unexpected arrival of an old enemy will tip the scales toward ruin Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk for one bold enough to grasp it.

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    1. An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O Brian and Jane Austen She studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights Shadow of Undrentide Over the course of a brief winter sojourn spent working on the game in Edmonton, Canada accompanied by a truly alarming coat that now lives brooding in the depths of her closet , she realized she preferred writing to programming, and on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels.Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers Her website is at naominovik

    2. Temeraire is back! I was starting to worry about that. It was kind of a shame, the way the series ended in the fifth book. I didn't think it would continue.I SAID, it was a shame the way the series ended in the fifth book. Do I need to add a wink and a nudge here? Do I? Don't make me turn this review around, kids.But I digress. At the end of the fifth book, Victory of Eagles, Laurence and his dragon Temeraire went into exile to Australia after being convicted of treason, and it was very sad. Aft [...]

    3. 3.5 stars; better than the last book, if not as satisfying as the earlier ones. It’s too short, for one thing. It’s still a travelogue, but there is more excitement this time - disasters and battles and hardships - as Laurence and Temeraire continue their world tour in South America. Novik’s eagerness to depict the way people and dragons interact in different societies seems to drive the plot more than the circumstances of the war.Her writing is still very entertaining, though. The charact [...]

    4. I really want to like this series, but I'm afraid the previous two entries have fallen flat with me.I enjoy the characters, but I don't really feel like they are progressing much. Novik is doing a good job of moving her characters around the globe and putting them in new settings. I liked the work she did w/ the Inca culture and it was nice to meet the Tswana again. Overall, however, we didn't learn much new about the characters and they didn't seem to evolve much. Sure we learned a personal sec [...]

    5. Ok, this book, this series.Yes, the premise (the Napoleanic era + Dragons)is shamefully ridiculous. No need to doubt your judgement there.But the execution? Oh Sweet Merciful Lord, soooo good. It's light, it's fluffy, and it's flawless. The best treat is the characterizations of the main characters of the the Dragon and his Captain, but you go far enough into it and there's even some substance - meditations on how the war to fight Napoleon (good)balances against the preservation of the worst asp [...]

    6. As always the best parts of the Temeraire series are the chapters that are Temeraire's POV. The dragons are so much better developed as characters than the humans. I always find Laurence's POV to be much less interesting. Crucible of Gold was definitely an improvement over the last book which was so boring, but this one also dragged in some places. It's another book where not much at all happens plot wise. The whole trip to Brazil was pretty pointless. Headed to the finish line on this series - [...]

    7. A good summer read, easy and fast. I know I'm reading it at the beginning of May, but we're already enduring a heatwave, so I wasn't in the mood for anything more demanding.I've been a moderate fan of Temeraire adventures sinceHis Majesty's Dragon , and I'm glad to find some improvement after the less satisfactoryTongues of Serpents. I still get the travelogue vibe that ignores the central Napoleonic Wars theme in favor of exploring exotic locations, but with Crucible of Gold there are actually [...]

    8. This is the first dragon book of hers that I gave less than 5 or 4 stars to. I don't think it's a stand-alone book. Heck, I've read them all and I was still confused by who did what when. It's a tough call about how much backstory to toss into each book in a series and I think she under-did it.Temeraire seems to have lost some of his intelligence and love of learning--and he's caught in the whole competition with other dragons to the point of dullness. He'd matured so much through the first coup [...]

    9. Another fun installment in the series. By now you should realize that the books follow the same formula. Travel to a new continent, meet some bad guys & good guys. Move on to another place.

    10. I have been more than patient, I waited for Temeraire and Lawrence to get back to the fight against Napoleon through three books and now this one drags the story to Incan South America (might as well have been back to Africa, the storyline is so similar). Uh uh, I'm done now (sorry if I sound ticked off, it's just that I adored this series, I even bought the first three books in audio version as well as paper).But each book after has gotten more and more preachy, dragg-y and one off, it's like t [...]

    11. After repeatedly doing what they thought was moral, rather than following their orders, Laurence and Temeraire had finally broken free of the British Empire and began living a peaceful life in Australia. But alas, Laurence's dutiful nature cannot be overcome forever, and he and his draconic bff are convinced to rejoin the Aerial Service. They ship off to South America, in hopes of gaining new allies or at least, not losing their current ones. At this point I kinda don't know why I shouldn't be r [...]

    12. Not great, but better than book 6, so I guess I'll get 8 in case we're on an upward slope. Hopefully they'll ditch some of the personnel because there were way too many characters with not enough to do in this one. Including some who haven't been around since book 3, whom I'd forgotten all about.

    13. This one is a clean 3 star, its defently better than 4,5,6. Its not as good as 1 but still an improvement. I enjoyed the way this one went, there was a lot less skim reading then previously.Also book 8 seems interesting from the premise

    14. Laurence and Temeraire are pulled out of their self-imposed exile in Australia for a new mission, to try and stop the Tswana (the African empire first encountered a few books ago) from permanently allying themselves with Napoleon. To that end, Laurence is reinstated as a Captain in the Aerial Corps and the Allegiance is sent back to retrieve them. Needless to say, things go badly awry with this planIt is no spoiler to note that the ship is wrecked long before they reach their goal, as it appears [...]

    15. Like Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold is much shorter than the other Temeraire books. When I first read Tongues of Serpents in 2010, I wondered if it was the first half of a novel that was too long to publish in one volume, but now it's clear that they're both independent but short novels. Part of the four-star rating is the very-probably-wrong feeling I have that this book, like the previous one, is too short, but it's really that it feels as if Temeraire and Lawrence have been sidelinedwh [...]

    16. This is the seventh book in the Temeraire series. I enjoyed it a lot, on about the same level as the previous books, and definitely more than the sixth one. Unlike the last book, there weren’t as many unlikeable characters and I think that helped. I don’t have too much else to write about -- just a couple comments within the spoiler tags.(view spoiler)[I expect that Riley isn’t really dead and will show back up sooner or later. When a fairly significant character dies, it’s usually made [...]

    17. I think this might be my second favorite series ever (just behind HP of course)! This series is so well thought out, so riveting, so funny, so joyful, and so dramatic, that even though I still have 2 books to read I’m already grieving the end. This book was an incredible installment in the series so far. I absolutely loved the Incan setting and how it essentially swapped the world-building (which is incredible) previously established. The cast of characters got even better and became even more [...]

    18. This review has been a long time coming because I had to muddle through what I felt was a betrayal from this author who up to this point was one of my favorites, and how I won't be continuing this series. Okay, a lot of people agree with me, the last book "Tongues of Serpents" was just ridiculous. What was the point of that book? They did nothing but tramp around Australian outback fighting desert water creatures. I was somewhat willing to cut slack when I read it, but after finding this book wa [...]

    19. I don't know what's with this series that every time I stop paying attention for a few minutes there are suddenly corpses everywhere.

    20. After over a year, I stumbled across the last three Temeraire books while browsing Chapters and realized the time has come to pick up this series and put it to rest. Crucible of Gold, the seventh instalment in these adventures, sees Laurence and Temeraire reinstated in the Aerial Corps for an urgent mission to Brazil. Napoleon has a shaky alliance with the Tswana, and they are raiding the Portuguese colonies there for their enslaved kin. Along the way, however, Laurence, Temeraire, and their par [...]

    21. I really wanted to give 4 stars to this one, because I liked it a lot. And come on, Granby happened to be canonically gay. It almost never happens to me.But I can't, because of Granby's hand amputation. I have to explain that amputation is my greatest phobia. That's a big reason why I don't watch movies/read books about it, it makes me literally sick. And recently I've read at least three books in which amputation had no sense plot-wise. it just happened because the author felt like cutting some [...]

    22. Slightly disappointed by this volume. The Incan dragons and dragon-and-human culture were cool and different enough (and the return of Tswana characters provided some decent continuity) but the overall pacing felt slightly off and the characters didn't feel like they were given their due.(view spoiler)[I could cope with losing Tharkay temporarily--I expect he'll return in the next book?--but the way Demane and Emily Roland were relegated to the background for chapters at a time? I didn't appreci [...]

    23. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!!! The thing I hate most about the Temeraire books is when they END!! I had been looking forward to this book for a long time and I wasn't disappointed (except when it ended cuz I wanted more and now I'll have to wait another two years, grrr). I love these books because of the dragon characters. Temeraire and Iskierka did not disappoint. Laurence and the other human characters are good too, but let's face it, the dragons are the personalities in these books that really shine [...]

    24. Termeraire and his captain lurch from one disaster to the next as they go from Australia to South America. For the characters, it’s a terrible time all around, but for the reader it’s an absolutely delicious adventure; a fine return to form after the dullness of the last book.Due to a shift in the political wind, it’s now advantageous for the British government to put Lawrence and Ter back to work, but Lawrence, instead of holding firm and demanding some sort of advantage from the situatio [...]

    25. This series had me at 'Napoleonic Wars' and 'dragons', but while the first few books had a sense of mystery and magic (i.e. the identity of the dragon, the conflict with Napoleon, how the war in the air worked) the series started to get bogged down in a Carmen Sandiego esque need to visit exotic world locales and became less about the war or the dragon. For me, the books peaked at Napoleon's invasion of England, and started to get boring right around when the heroes are sent to Australia.This bo [...]

    26. I adore the Temeraire books and can't read these fast enough! The characters are so engaging, the depth of detail and description are so immersive and rich - they are some of the best historical-sci-fi around. This one was an enjoyable story with some surprising revelations and twists, as well as some nail-biting and hand-wringing developments (augh! there were some awful and sad things that happened). The only difficulty I had with this installment was the distracting jumps and shifts in point- [...]

    27. I am so happy to have Temeraire back. I'd forgotten him for too long.Novik didn't leave a dull moment in this book, let me tell you! I listened to the first half of this on audiobook and read the second half and Simon Vance definitely did the story justice as narrator.Has anyone noticed, though -- has Novik not used a single curse word during this whole series? Iskierka says "damned" once in this book, and it's censored out (d----d) like in some old Victorian novel. I'm sure I'd have noticed thi [...]

    28. I keep wanting to write a longer review about Crucible of Gold but most of what I want to say about it boils down to this: it was an excellent and fun read. It was much better than the less-than-satisfying Tongues of Serpents. Novik brought back all the things I love about the series and it was glorious. Also, GRANBY. O, my heart, Granby. I also think that Novik has gotten a lot better at not Othering the cultures she's writing about while still remaining faithfully in Laurence's Colonialist POV [...]

    29. Really enjoyed this one. Really, really. And that's saying something, since I enjoy all her books! This one deals with certain hard questions, like the dragons' behavior toward their people, and vice versa. Also, it gives us an intriguing look at South America in Novik's world, and what the dragons are like there. Very interesting stuff, and I'm happy-sad to find that the series is winding down.

    30. Ah, that's better. Ignoring the previous book, Novik remains a wonderfully consistent writer who always manages to give me my guilty pleasure fix. At least, whenever my guilty pleasure includes Napoleonic politics, adolescent-brained dragons, and lots of murdered livestock. The mix of fun, serious, and corny makes a nice enough cocktail to have at dinner parties, yet is also 6-pack enough to have on game-day.

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