Empire of Ivory

Empire of Ivory Cover

Empire of Ivory

By Naomi Novik

Del Rey Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345496874, 404pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2007

A new writer is soaring on the wings of a dragon.
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.

About the Author
Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series, which was optioned by Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In 2007, Naomi received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the World Science Fiction Convention. She lives in New York City.