Waiting On Wednesday - Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik
Aug 13, 2013 (Del Rey)

Naomi Novik’s beloved Temeraire series, a brilliant combination of fantasy and history that reimagines the Napoleonic wars as fought with the aid of intelligent dragons, is a twenty-first-century classic. From the first volume, His Majesty’s Dragon, readers have been entranced by the globe-spanning adventures of the resolute Capt. William Laurence and his brave but impulsive dragon, Temeraire. Now, in Blood of Tyrants, the penultimate volume of the series, Novik is at the very height of her powers as she brings her story to its widest, most colorful canvas yet.

Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England’s already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark—a spark that Laurence and Temeraire may unwittingly provide, leaving Britain faced with new enemies just when they most desperately need allies instead.

For to the west, another, wider conflagration looms. Napoleon has turned on his former ally, the emperor Alexander of Russia, and is even now leading the largest army the world has ever seen to add that country to his list of conquests. It is there, outside the gates of Moscow, that a reunited Laurence and Temeraire—along with some unexpected allies and old friends—will face their ultimate challenge . . . and learn whether or not there are stronger ties than memory.

File this one as another of those series I'm curious about, and intend to start reading soon, but also one that's going to take a while to get caught up with. I've heard good things about Naomi's writing and the series overall, and I'm excited to dive in with His Majesty's Dragon. While I don't see myself getting caught up in time for Blood of Tyrants, maybe by book 9. :)


  1. Ooh this sounds interesting! Haven't heard of it before! Hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Haven't heard of it before, but it sounds good. :)
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  3. Great pick! I've wanted to try this series, too, but still haven't. I have quite of catching up to do, too :)

  4. I read the first book in this series and liked it. If I weren't a reviewer and had more time to devote to my series reading I would have probably read the whole thing by now.

  5. I read the first three books but couldn't find enough interest to read book 4. I liked the first 2 books but the 3rd one wasn't that great. Maybe I'll retry it after all the books are out.

  6. Ahh this series is amazing (I'm going to be starting book two in mid-June) Can't wait for this one!
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