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Book Report: Tongues of Serpents

Speaking of eagerness for the next book in the series to come out, I was ever so excited to see Tongues of Serpents (the most recent Temeraire book by Naomi Novik) on the library’s New Books shelf. I took it home and snapped it up. Probably too quickly, but then my Best Reader was waiting for me to finish so that she could begin. More on that topic later.

It was, alas, a disappointment for me. It’s not a bad book, let me make that clear: it’s not a bad book. But it didn’t quite work for me. First of all, not enough battles, and the battles weren’t tactical enough. One of the great things about the series is that she imagines a Napoleonic world with an air force. Yes, it’s great that the air force ride dragons, and that the dragons are characters, but that sort of thing is done elsewhere. What she does really well is address the tactical changes that air support makes in those battles and in the war. And this book contains only two battles (that I can recall), and although they are great fun, they aren’t tactically interesting. Most of the book is spent with character stuff, which, you know, fine, but I don’t read this series for the character stuff.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,
-Vardibidian.

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