This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
Series: Temeraire #9
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon
The final adventure in the New York Times bestselling Temeraire series that started with the beloved His Majesty’s Dragon which has won fans of Napoleonic-era military history, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels, and Patrick O’Brian’s seafaring adventures.
The deadly campaign in Russia has cost both Napoleon and those allied against him. Napoleon has been denied his victory…but at a terrible price. Lawrence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the fleeing French army back west, but are demoralized when Napoleon makes it back to Paris unscathed. Worse, they soon learn that the French have stolen Termeraire and Iskierka’s egg. Now, it is do or die, as our heroes not only need to save Temeraire’s offspring but also to stop Napoleon for good!
Disclaimer: this review is written for both followers of the series and those who have not read a book yet, with that said some of the smirky remarks might go over your head but I suggest you read the series and then it will make sense. I mean come on, its only a nine book series…lol, is that my witty sarcasm coming out??
This is the ninth and final book of the Temeraire series. Napoleon has been denied victory in Russia and is being hotly pursued, but through the use of subterfuge he safely escapes into France. Which as you can guess is both disheartening and enraging to not only the men and dragons fighting this war but personally to Captain William Laurence and his dragon companion Temeraire.
Unfortunately for them winter has come and both man and dragon are having a very difficult time staying warm and keeping their spirits up. All the while news is coming in regarding Napoleon and his efforts of regrouping in France; it is not looking good for anyone. Temeraire has taken efforts in his own claws in order to create some unity among whatever dragons he can, and for a dragon his efforts are extraordinary. It is a wonderful thing to see how he has truly grown throughout the series.
The dragons from the breeding grounds have roused themselves, shocked right?, and they bring a report that Lien is back and is seeking to find Temeraire and Iskierka’s egg so that she can smash it. Whaaat?! Threatening an egg? Hmmm, sounds like something that maybe could give a cause for dragons to unite behind?? Temeraire had left the egg in China, waiting to hatch, so leaving Laurence to recuperate after his…oh wait, that’s a spoiler…Temeraire is going after his egg.
Back is Tharkay, searching for Temeraire with distressing news. His crossbred egg has actually indeed been egg-napped. Hmmm, game changer for Temeraire as he is now focused on finding his egg at all costs….Napoleon who?? Going back to meet up with Laurence and send out scouts in hopes to find his egg’s location, Temeraire is stuck thinking the worst but hoping for the best.
After some time, the feral dragons (I did say that didn’t I? Wondering how that came about? Sorry, no spoilers here…☺️) bring a sighting of what they think is the dragon Temeraire is searching for. So an ambush is attempted but wait, is that, no way..yes, it is Iskierka and she is also searching for her egg. So united Temeraire and Iskierka set off to find their future hatchling but nothing goes according to plan because a trap had been set and their emotions blind them to their actions and….well you are just going to have to read the book because the rest is way to dense of a plot to give you any details without being a spoiler.
This novel is a final wrap up that includes many of the characters that you would want to see back. The book is split into four parts and you will have closure to the end of this series. I personally found the writing to be full of filling and I wish that it were less dense with descriptive talks or being overly descriptive about the situation at hand. Just not for me but some people do enjoy that style of writing and if that is you, get this book or better yet start with book one and work your way to number nine. Happy Reading!
*Thank you to Del Rey & NetGalley for this ARC of League of Dragons*