Throne of Jade – Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik's Temeraire #2
Title – Throne of Jade

Series – Temeraire #2

Author – Naomi Novik

Genre – Fantasy

Length – 400 pages

Published – 6 August 2007

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 

 


It has been a while since I wrote about the debut novel of the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (for the first book click here), so it is time for the sequel. As you might recall I have been reading most of the series in the German translation – done by Marianne Schmidt. I really like the differences in the cover of the English and German version and admittedly fancy the German one much more. Especially, how cover and title stick to the same theme throughout the series. The first book was extremely fascinating, creating a world in which dragons and humans live side by side although not as equals in the British society during the Napoleonian Era.

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Eldest – Christopher Paolini

Eldest
Title – Eldest

Series – The Inheritance Cycle #2

Author – Christopher Paolini

Genre – Fantasy

Length – 704 pages

Published – 7 September 2006

My Rating – ★★★★

 

 

 

 


After my excitement about Paolini’s first book, I could not wait to get my hands on the sequel – Eldest. I mentioned in my previous post that I was sharing the book with a friend. However, I simply had to read the book first and consumed it in a matter of days! There were so many open questions for me by the end of “Eragon”:

What happened to Roran and Eragon’s home village after he left? What about Eragon’s training? If Brom (read more about him here) could survive as a dragon rider, did others too?

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His Majesty’s Dragon – Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik first book of the Temeraire series my rating: ★★★★

Title – His Majesty’s Dragon

Series –  Temeraire #1

Author – Naomi Novik, Marianne Schmidt (translation into German)

Genre – Fantasy, speculative fiction, historical fiction

Length – 352 pages

Published – 6 Aug. 2007

My Rating – ★★★★


I stumbled upon His Majesty’s Dragon, the first book of the Temeraire Series by Naomi Novik some time ago. As you may know by now I am a huge fan of the Inheritance Cycle and also love historical fiction. The Temeraire Series Novik offers both – the perfect material for someone like me! I picked up the book in the bookshop back in my hometown in Germany and read the full series in the translated version (translated by Marianne Schmidt). The cool thing about German is, that we build as long words as we like and actually get away with it. This was exploited deftly for the translated title of the books. Each book title consists of two words, and the first one is always “Drachen” (German word for dragon as you might have guessed) followed by another word describing the key aspect of the book – the first book is called “Drachenbrut” (dragon offspring). The different variations of dragon-something makes a quite cool title and is the first aspect about the book that I instantly liked. The other was the intriguing cover of the book (I used the English one as the feature image but check out the German one below). I love how the typical scuttle (or bull’s-eye or just ships window) has been combined with the dragon theme in both covers.

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Eragon – Christopher Paolini

Eragon cover
Title – Eragon

Series – The Inheritance Cycle #1

Author – Christopher Paolini

Genre – Fantasy

Length – 528 pages

Published – 6 Jan. 2005

My Rating – ★★★★★

 

 

 

 


Originally intended as a trilogy, the four books of the Inheritance Cycle have become quite controversial in the fantasy community. While it is certainly true that there are numerous similarities to The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and even Star Wars (and quite possibly others as well) I still feel this Cycle is overall quite fascinating; the depth of the relationship between Saphira and Eragon and how they get to grow into their role as the legendary dragon riders captivated me.  It definitely kept me locked up in the student halls and away from the occasional lecture that’s for sure. Written by Christopher Paolini who was only 18 years old when the first book Eragon was published, the Inheritance Cycle had sold more than 25 million copies even before the last book was on the market (see here).

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