Sunday, June 29, 2008

Upcoming Release: Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

Having previously done a Cover Story and a Spotlight on Naomi Novik, I think it is fair to say that a couple of us here at Historical Tapestry are fans of Naomi Novik and her Temeraire series. set in the UK during the Napoleonic Wars and featuring a dragon Air Corps as part of the nation's defences. We are therefore very interested in the upcoming release which is Victory of Eagles. This is the fifth instalment in the series, and excitingly for the author at least, the first in hardcover.

Naomi Novik’s triumphant debut, His Majesty’s Dragon, introduced a dynamic new pair of heroes to the annals of fantasy fiction: the noble fighting dragon Temeraire and his master and commander, Capt. Will Laurence, who serves Britain’s peerless Aerial Corps in the thick of the raging Napoleonic Wars. Now, in the latest novel of this dazzling series, they soar to new heights of breathtaking action and brilliant imagination.

It is a grim time for the dragon Temeraire. On the heels of his mission to Africa, seeking the cure for a deadly contagion, he has been removed from military service–and his captain, Will Laurence, has been condemned to death for treason.

For Britain, conditions are grimmer still: Napoleon’s resurgent forces have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil. Napoleon’s prime objective: the occupation of London.

Separated by their own government and threatened at every turn by Napoleon’s forces, Laurence and Temeraire must struggle to find each other amid the turmoil of war and to aid the resistance against the invasion before Napoleon’s foothold on England’s shores can become a stranglehold.

If only they can be reunited, master and dragon might rally Britain’s scattered forces and take the fight to the enemy as never before–for king and country, and for their own liberty. But can the French aggressors be well and truly routed, or will a treacherous alliance deliver Britain into the hands of her would-be conquerors?

Victory of Eagles is released in the US on 8 July and in the UK on 7 August. I am definitely looking forward to reading it!

1 comment:

  1. First in hardcover? *Looks at hardcover Temeraire 2 feet away*

    I didn't realise this was going to be a series, so I'm pretty happy. I really enjoyed Temeraire and I'd be reading the rest right now if I wasn't strapped for cash. :p