Reading post #4

I just finished Naomi Novik’s Black Powder War (this is a lie; it was actually some days ago) which was a very exciting book.

In this book, Captain Will Laurence, his crew and his draconian companion Temeraire return from China to the British Isles. However, things do not go as planned and their last-minute change of plans includes stopping in Istanbul to collect dragon eggs purchased by the British government as well as fighting against French forces in Prussia.

Since this is a series, there are looming shadows from the last book, such as the dragon that swore to destroy everything and everyone that Temeraire loved or the mysterious lack of communication from the British aviators.

The book has rich and compelling storytelling that carefully entwines fantasy and historic facts together to produce a wonderful piece of literature, portraying different cultures (such as the Turks or the Prussians) as well as different species (like dragons) without making them seem caricatures.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable read and good entertainment. I’m already half-way through the next book in the Temeraire series.

(I also read a small portion of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, which was surprisingly readable for medieval literature, so I was pleasantly surprised. But I doubt my attention span will last the entire duration of the book, so I’m not even going to attempt it.)

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