Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik


13 Critic Reviews

In some ways, a repeat of what’s gone before, but despite that, thoughtful, good fun.


“An absorbing adventure.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Former Aerial Corps captain Will Laurence and his faithful dragon, Temeraire, have been put out to pasture in Australia—and it seems their part in the war has ended just when they are needed most. The French have invaded Spain, forged an alliance with Africa’s powerful Tswana empire, and brought revolution to Brazil. With Britain’s last desperate hope of defeating Napoleon in peril, the government that sidelined Laurence swiftly offers to reinstate him, convinced that he’s the best man to enter the fray and negotiate peace. So the pair embark for Brazil, only to meet with a string of unmitigated disasters that forces them to make an unexpected landing in the hostile territory of the Incan empire. With the success of the mission balanced on a razor’s edge, an old enemy appears and threatens to tip the scales toward ruin. Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk—for one bold enough to grasp it.
“Captivating . . . compelling reading . . . [an] action-packed narrative [with] lively, uniquely drawn characters and intriguing takes on history.”—

Includes a preview of the next book in the Temeraire series, Blood of Tyrants.

About Naomi Novik

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NAOMI NOVIK received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the 2007 World Science Fiction Convention. An avid reader of fantasy literature, 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. In 2011 she published her first graphic novel, Will Supervillains Be on the Final? She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY
Published March 6, 2012 by Del Rey. 386 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 5


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Reviewed by Kirkus' Reviews on Mar 15 2012

In some ways, a repeat of what’s gone before, but despite that, thoughtful, good fun.

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Publishers Weekly

Reviewed by Publishers' Weekly on Jan 02 2012

This is a must-read for series fans and an intriguing fantasy story in its own right.

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Reviewed by Jayne S. on Mar 05 2012

However there are a few things which seem to be picked up and discarded at will or whim. 

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Reviewed by Jesse Coffey on Mar 19 2012

She has this wonderful ability to draw you in, make you willingly suspend that disbelief, and keep you hooked right through to the end.

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Reviewed by Natalie Luhrs

The relationship between Laurence and his dragon is — as always — beautifully written, but equally compelling are the relationships between the dragons of South America and the Inca and how different they are from the European and Asian societies seen in previous volumes.

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Reviewed by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on Mar 06 2012

The most interesting aspect of this book is Novik’s alternate history handling of Incan society and how it could have evolved if it remained unconquered by Europeans. 

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Alternative Worlds

Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Jan 07 2012

Fast-paced and filled with action, the latest terrific timely Temeraire historical fantasy is a great thriller that grips readers throughout with a taste of life in many diverse spots while the world is at war.

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A Bookworm's Treasure Trove

Reviewed by Mirjam on Mar 17 2012

Once again Novik delighted me with a great adventure. 

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SF Fantasy

Reviewed by Shawn Speakman on Mar 06 2012

 It is watching that end game unfold that will leave many Novik fans breathless in anticipation for the final two novels in the series.

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Reviewed by Colin Andrew Fern on Mar 24 2012

Unfortunately, Novik’s use of the language from the time has become so convoluted that this book, like the one before it, has become almost a challenge from her to her readers to actually make it all the way through.

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Reviewed by Mixed Book Bag on Feb 27 2012

For me parts of the book really did drag but then it would pick up and my interest level would increase.  

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Reviewed by Misti (kidlitgeek) on Mar 15 2012

I enjoyed this book more than its predecessor, Tongues of Serpents -- it feels like a return to the earlier books.

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Reviewed by Brightdreamer on Mar 11 2012

 In this respect, Crucible of Gold feels faintly reminiscent of Tongues of Serpents (Book 6), in that I sometimes wondered if Novik was stalling for pagecount with each new crisis sprung upon the travelers.

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