Review posted March 16, 2010.
Books on Tape, 2008. 10 hours, 30 minutes, 9 CDs.
This is the fifth book about the dragon Temeraire, his captain Will Laurence, and how the Napoleonic Wars would have gone if dragons were in the fight on all sides.
Because of what they did at the end of the last book, Temeraire and Laurence are in disgrace. But the powers that be can't punish Captain Laurence as they would like to, because they need him to keep Temeraire under control. But can anyone really control Temeraire and stop his insidious ideas about rights for dragons from spreading among the other dragons?
This book is not as upbeat and positive as the other books, because it starts out with defeat. Napoleon successfully invades England. But can he keep it? This is where Temeraire may make the difference.
I was sad when this book ended, since Naomi Novik hasn't written the next book in the series yet. Simon Vance does a great job with the accents of dragons and men, and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to him tell this saga as I travel back and forth to work.