Saturday, August 11, 2012
Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik
Figuring that some of the exotic food he had on the journey must have cured him, he and the dragons of his squad are loaded on the Allegiance, and it’s down to Cape Town, where they finally discover that it’s a very hard to find mushroom that is the cure for the terrible disease. While trying to find more of the mushroom, they stumble onto what they think are the local feral dragons, until a simple misunderstanding reveals much about the African dragons.
This book in some ways seems like a filler book, sort of how the sixth Harry Potter book was necessary to move the action along, but comes across as a somewhat unsatisfactory story on its own. I did like how the author built the African dragon society, and a certain action that Temeraire and Laurence make at the close of the book explained certain spoilers I’d accidentally discovered about a future book. So, I’m not sorry to have read it, but I now definitely need more.