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Tongues of Serpents

Posted by spragujs on March 14, 2012

Tongues of Serpents cover artTongues of Serpents, by Naomi Novik, is the 6th book in her Temeraire series.  In this book Laurence and Temeraire have been transported to Australia as a consequence of actions in the previous novels.  There they encounter politics, aborigines, Chinese, smugglers, new dragon breeds, mythical creatures (besides dragons, of course), long flying, lots and lots of desert, and maybe even a place to settle down and call home?

I enjoyed this book more than some of the previous ones I think, and I’m not sure why.  (Not that it’s a bad thing; I just don’t know the reason!)  There’s some decent conflict, but mostly no fighting, the chance to start anew and build things.  I did find a little off-putting the POV changes mid-section.  Where it might take me a paragraph or two to catch that I’m reading from someone else’s POV.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned that as an issue for me with other writers as well.  It’s possible Novik has always done this and I just don’t remember!  (It’s been a while since I read book 5!)

This book dishes the news that the world has frankly gone to hell in a hand basket, and hints that many of the problems are a direct result of actions taken by our favorite duo.  Here’s to hoping their actions can bring things back around in the future!

In any case, I enjoyed the book, breezed through it, and have moved onto the recently released book 7, Crucible of Gold, where Laurence and Temeraire are thrown back into the fray.

One Response to “Tongues of Serpents”

  1. ~ap~ said

    Ugh, you make me want to hurry up and read the rest of this series so I can see what’s going on!!

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