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Empire of ivory [electronic resource] / Naomi Novik.

Novik, Naomi. (Author). Vance, Simon. (Added Author).
Series: Temeraire ; 4

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781415942444 (sound recording)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (9 audio files) : digital
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2007.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrator: Simon Vance.
Summary, etc.:
Tragedy has struck His Majesty's Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England's shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons' ranks–forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected–and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France's ever bolder sorties. Bonaparte's dragons are already harrowing Britain's ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line. From the Compact Disc edition.
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Requires OverDrive Listen (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive app (file size: 313193 KB).

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2007 September #2
    *Starred Review* The fourth story (after His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War, all 2006) of the fighting dragon Temeraire and his Captain Lawrence opens with the British Aerial Corps struck down by an epidemic of unknown origin and cure. Only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited feral dragons are left to defend Britain against Napoléon's long-feared invasion. In this crisis, Temeraire and Captain Lawrence must fly to the African coast, where a cure may be found. Unfortunately, that coast also holds many unforeseen perils, and the two are lucky to return with their lives, let alone the cure. And after the dangerous journey, Lawrence faces the worst enemy yet, the lords of the admiralty. Novik's alternate early nineteenth century is so realistic that it drowns disbelief. The characters, including the dragons, are people you want to know, like, and, in some cases, hate. The subplot of Wilberforce's campaign against the slave trade is skillfully interwoven with Temeraire's determination to have dragons treated as sentients, not beasts. Finally, the lords of the admiralty are only too believable idiotic stuffed shirts. So this is first-class in every respect, including, since it ends with a cliff-hanger, whetting appetites for Victory of Eagles next year. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews - Audio And Video Online Reviews 1991-2018
    *Starred Review* There are few things more satisfying than a great sequel and an excellent audio production, as exemplified here. Picking up where The Black Powder War (2006) left off, the story continues the adventures of fighting dragon Temeraire and his friend Captain Lawrence. The British Aerial Corps are stricken with an unknown epidemic, and Temeraire and a group of feral dragons defend against Napoléon's invasion. Captain Lawrence and Temeraire fly to the African coast to find a cure for the disease. Vance excellently conveys Temeraire's unique personality, independence, and intelligence, reminding listeners of the dragon's nonhuman nature. He speaks in various accents to represent other characters, including members of the British Aerial Corps, who speak in authentic British dialects; Napoléon, whose French is suitably domineering; or Cape Town natives, whose African accents stand out. Vance's portrayal of Captain Lawrence reminds listeners of the captain's stiff personality and ongoing struggles to throw off his naval training and accept the informality and gender equality of the British Aerial Corps. His reading is calm and measured, making the few times he speeds up or adds intensity all the more engaging. The limited amount of gratuitous sex and violence and the melding of historical fiction and fantasy make this appealing to a wide audience. Highly recommended. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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 and LiveJournal™ are at

Subject: Fiction.
Historical Fiction.
Genre: Electronic books.

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