ISBN 9780593359563, 0593359569
Trade Paperback | 368 pages
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Deadly Education, the “splendid” (Anne McCaffrey) Temeraire series continues in volume three, and the stakes are higher than ever as Capt. Will Laurence and his dragon must transport precious cargo while fending off enemies on all sides.
“[Naomi Novik] is soaring on the wings of a dragon.”—The New York Times
After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.
Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn–thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’s death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable army?