BLACK POWDER WAR
Naturally, they encounter a vast array of complications and obstacles, including a sandstorm, bandits and the utter collapse of English-Turkish diplomacy. Laurence faces all these challenges with a typically English stiff upper lip -- and the faithful Temeraire ever at his side.
Temeraire is still preaching suffrage for dragons -- but learns that a more moderate approach is more likely to be successful in the long run -- and Laurence continues to evolve into a better man. Secondary characters like Tharkay, the half-English/half-Asian guide, and Iskierka, the impulsive young dragon, stand out from the crowd. Once again, Novik has written a compelling and exciting story that's almost perfectly set into the historical backdrop. (Jun., 390 pp., $7.50)