Tongues of Serpents

Tongues of Serpents : A Novel of Temeraire

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Convicted of treason despite their heroic defense against Napoleon's invasion of England, Temeraire and Capt. Will Laurence have been transported to a prison colony in distant Australia--and into a hornet's nest of fresh complications. The colony is in turmoil after the overthrow of military governor William Bligh--aka Captain Bligh, late of HMS Bounty. And when Bligh tries to enlist them in his bid to regain office, the dragon and his captain are caught in the middle of a political power struggle. Their only chance to escape the fray is accepting a mission to blaze a route through the forbidding Blue Mountains and into the interior of Australia. But the theft of a precious dragon egg turns their expedition into a desperate recovery operation--leading to a shocking discovery and a dangerous new complication in the global war between Britain and Napoleon.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 106 x 174 x 24mm | 176g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0345496906
  • 9780345496904
  • 86,506

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A joy to read. The Star-Ledger

I m more excited about [Naomi] Novik s series than I ever have been. . . . Tongues of Serpents might just be the best. Clay Kallam, Contra Costa Times

Praise for the novels of Temeraire
Completely involving and probably addictive. San Francisco Chronicle

Enthralling reading." Time

Gripping adventure. Entertainment Weekly
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Review quote

"A joy to read."--The Star-Ledger

"I'm more excited about [Naomi] Novik's series than I ever have been. . . . Tongues of Serpents might just be the best."--Clay Kallam, Contra Costa Times

Praise for the novels of Temeraire

"Completely involving and probably addictive."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Enthralling reading.--Time

"Gripping adventure."--Entertainment Weekly
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About Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, and Blood of Tyrants, the first eight volumes of the Temeraire series. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?

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.
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4 36% (6,137)
3 32% (5,414)
2 7% (1,252)
1 1% (182)
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