China, the Golden Horn and Prussia on dragon‘s wings

Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3) by Naomi Novik

Rating: 3 out of 5.

New York Times bestselling Temeraire series that started with the beloved His Majesty’s Dragon which has won fans of Napoleonic-era military history, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels, and Patrick O’Brian’s seafaring adventures.

From the book blurb

The story picks up with Laurence, Temeraire and their crew still in China, after the events of book #2. They receive new orders and must make haste towards Istanbul, where they meet with unexpected problems. All the while Napoleon‘s war with Prussia is heating up.

I liked the plot very much. It was too much expositional writing for my taste though. I skimmed quite a bit of the denser text from the middle onwards. When there is action, it is very well written. I liked their trek to Istanbul and the last few chapters the most. 

The feral dragons were precious. The dragons go through a much more interesting development than any of the human characters in this book.

I know this is based on the Napoleonic period. I still wouldn’t have minded if the author had left out the institutionalized racism. 

Will I read the next book? Probably not. Books 2 & 3 were ok, not more.