Victory of Eagles (the Temeraire Series, Book 5) Paperback
by Naomi Novik
The fifth instalment of the New York Times bestselling series, Temeraire.
Laurence waits to be hanged as a traitor to the Crown, and Temeraire is confined to the breeding grounds as Napoleon invades Britain, and takes London.
Laurence and Temeraire have betrayed the British. They have foiled their attempts to inflict death upon the French dragons by sharing the cure they found in Africa with their enemy.
But following their conscience has a price. Laurence feels he must return to face the consequences, and as soon as they land they are taken into custody.
Laurence is condemned to the gallows and Temeraire faces a life of captivity in the breeding grounds.
None of their friends or allies can come to their aid, for every hand is needed elsewhere.
Britain is completely unprepared for Bonaparte invasion and the advanced tactics of his own celestial dragon - Temeraire's mortal enemy - Lien.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/02/2009
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007256761
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Review by salimbol
Commendably solid for a fifth book in an ongoing series. This one shows us a slightly fractured relationship between lead dragon and lead man, as Laurence mulls over the repercussions of his conscience-based actions at the end of Book 4, and Temeraire has to think about some consequences of his own. We also some meet some fairly awesome new dragons (I loved the clever and persnickety Perscitia), there's an interesting focus on the logistics of war (particularly dragon-supported war!), and a fantastic land/sea/air battle against Napoleon's forces to cap it all off. (Pity that my edition was marred by so man typos, but oh well).