Empire of Ivory
Empire of Ivory
Del Rey Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345496874, 404pp.
Publication Date: September 25, 2007
The New York Times
Enthralling reading it's like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon's Christopher Paolini.
Time, on His Majesty's Dragon
Tragedy has struck His Majesty's Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England's shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons ranks forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France's ever bolder sorties.
Bonaparte's dragons are already harrowing Britain's ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line.
A gripping adventure full of rich detail and the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.
Entertainment Weekly, on His Majesty's Dragon
A thrilling fantasy . . . All hail Naomi Novik.
The Washington Post Book World, on His Majesty's Dragon.
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers."