Empire of Ivory: The Temeraire Series, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Naomi Novik’s stunning series of novels follow the adventures of Cpt Laurence and his dragon Temeraire as they travel from the shores of Britain to China and Africa.
Laurence and Temeraire made a daring journey across vast and inhospitable continents to bring home a rare Turkish dragon from the treacherous Ottoman Empire.
Kazilik dragons are firebreathers, and Britain is in greater need of protection than ever, for while Laurence and Temeraire were away, an epidemic struck British shores and is killing off her greatest defence - her dragon air force is slowly dying.
The dreadful truth must be kept from Napoleon at all costs. Allied with the white Chinese dragon, Lien, he would not hesitate to take advantage of Britain's weakness and launch a devastating invasion.
Hope lies with the only remaining healthy dragon - Temeraire cannot stay at home but must once again venture into the unknown to help his friends and seek out a cure in darkest Africa.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 13 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 March 2019|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 17,418 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
174 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
216 in Alternate History Science Fiction
292 in War & Military Fiction
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This is a pivotal novel in the series so far, so I won't spoil anyone's enjoyment by revealing any further detail, except to say that the ending is genuinely surprising and very moving. As usual, Iskeirka provides some wonderfully realised comic relief, while the other principal characters, be they human or dragon, continue to be developed in a most satisfying manner. If the plot loses some pace during the long journey through Africa and the principal characters' sojourn among the Tswana, the author compensates by providing fascinating details of dragon-human cultural relations in a new part of the world.
In book 4 we are once more treated to a triumph of imaginative creativity and authorial skill on Novik's part. I can't recommend this whole series highly enough.
Top reviews from other countries
I really love these books, and it's a delight to be back in the company of Temeraire's companions, especially grumpy, enormous Maximus. I felt that this book, in particular, really raises the emotional stakes for our friends, with some hard decisions being taken on the sides of both Laurence and Temeraire.
I really don't want to say any more about the plot which would spoil things for other readers. Suffice to say these are brilliantly written books with real heart and soul. The relationship between Laurence and Temeraire is wonderfully realised, with some very underplayed but incredibly moving scenes towards the end.
More, perhaps, that the other books in the series, this ends on a bit of a cliffhanger so it's well worth having the next instalment (Victory of Eagles (Temeraire 5) ready for the moment you finish this. I can't get enough of this series - highly recommended.
I've been buying these on both Audible and Kindle so that I can continue the story wherever I am. Brilliant.
I tend to devour these books, with the strange side effect that I find myself talking like Captain Lawrence for a day or so after.
I think my favourite thing about the books (other than the dragons) is that Naomi has so succesfully brought to life a 19th centure Englishman, with the ridiculous patriotism and unconcious prejudice that entails. And then challenges these through the voice of Temeraire. Its masterfully done.
Later books maybe not making as much use of pseudo period etiquette/flavour as the earlier ones. Which is a pity.
Still readable though.