Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik
A Novel of Temeraire

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Convicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon’s invasion of England, Temeraire and Capt. Will Laurence have been transported to a prison colony in distant Australia—and into a hornet’s nest of fresh complications. The colony is in turmoil after the overthrow of military governor William Bligh—aka Captain Bligh, late of HMS Bounty. And when Bligh tries to enlist them in his bid to regain office, the dragon and his captain are caught in the middle of a political power struggle. Their only chance to escape the fray is accepting a mission to blaze a route through the forbidding Blue Mountains and into the interior of Australia. But the theft of a precious dragon egg turns their expedition into a desperate recovery operation—leading to a shocking discovery and a dangerous new complication in the global war between Britain and Napoleon.


BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Naomi Novik's Crucible of Gold.
 

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 July 9, 2010 by Del Rey. 369 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The story revolves mainly around a quest to find a stolen dragon egg, which sends Laurence, Temeraire and their human and dragon comrades traveling across the Australian continent—finally leading to a violent battle involving flying dragons, sea serpents and British naval vessels.

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Will Laurence and Chinese-British dragon Temeraire opens with the pair exiled to New South Wales for saving French dragons from a plague while England and France were at war.

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Naomi Novik Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Empire of Ivory SF Site Review: Empire of Ivory SF Site Review: Throne of Jade and Black Powder War SF Site Review: His Majesty's Dragon SF Site Review: His Majesty's Dragon SF Site Review: Temeraire / His Majesty's Dragon Naomi N...

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Novik has created a series that is profoundly character-driven, and by setting up a friendship between a human and a highly intelligent dragon has side-stepped any of the romantic tensions that can often derail a series.

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As in Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, the dragons choose their partners on hatching and become impressed on them, but here there’s no overt paranormal element: dragons have excellent hearing in the egg and come out with the power of speech, sometimes with several languages, and well aware of what’...

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