Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, Book 5)
by Naomi Novik
Review by Paul Haggerty
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345496881
Date: 08 July 2008 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Napoleon is poised to invade Britain, and Britain's main line of defense, her dragon airforce is still dreadfully weakened by plague. Capt. Will Laurence is under arrest, charged with treason, and the only reason he still isn't dead is because the government seeks to control his dragon. Temeraire, has been sent to the breeding grounds, and is only behaving himself to keep Laurence alive. So when Napoleon launches his sneak attack and actually establishes a foothold on English soil, there's not much that can be done except to fight the good fight and hope that the other will survive. And considering the types of things Temeraire likes to get up to: rabble rousing, incitement to mutiny, revolutionary calls for reform, freedom, and equality, being a multi-ton dragon isn't going to protect him nearly as much as one might expect. The British are as likely to want him dead as the French. From official release/information:
From back of book: The long-dreaded invasion of Great Britain is at hand. Napoleon's vast armies have consolidated his hold on Europe, and he is poised to attack across the English Channel. But Capt. Will Laurence has been jailed for treason, and his dragon, Temeraire, is consigned to the breeding grounds in Wales. Neither can respond as Napoleon's forces at last make their move and plant the eagle standard on British shores. When Laurence's prison ship is sunk, he washes ashore near Dover and begins a desperate search to find his dragon partner. Meanwhile, Temeraire rallies the motley band of the breeding grounds into a resistance force, striking at the French as they press northward from London in pursuit of the royal family. Now the fugitive Laurence, his faithful winged companion, and an unproven fighting squad are England's last, best hope to defy her conquerors and keep the empire free.
(Source: Del Rey)