Black Powder War
Young Adult / October 27, 2016

Temeraire #3. Author: Naomi Novik. Summary: Picking up where book two left off (in China, Macau) Captain Will Laurence and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are ordered to retrieve and escort a precious cargo of valuable dragon eggs from Istanbul to England. They take the Old Silk Road from China to Istanbul, crossing deserts and mountains. En route to England, they help the beleaguered Prussians battle Napoleon. (Goodreads summary.) Content Review: Sexual content: Man is scandalized by a girl bathing with boys: she says (innocently), she “hasn’t started bleeding yet, and any way I would not like to go to bed with any of them.” Dancing girls “dressed indecently” perform. Two men endeavor to see the emperor’s harem, and make “beckoning gestures” to them – later punished. Language: 33 d***, 2 hell, 1 F-word Violence: Characters find corpse of man who burned to death. Camels are killed and eaten by a dragon. A gun fight takes place, some men killed. Boy and dragon-egg fall from a height and are killed. Two men are whipped as a matter of discipline.

Throne of Jade
Young Adult / October 27, 2016

Temeraire #2. Author: Naomi Novik. Summary: When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces. Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await. (Goodreads summary) My Thoughts: It just gets better. We started with British Airforce Dragons; now Novik has moved on to multicultural work. The Chinese dragons aren’t just dragons owned by a different nation, they have a well-developed and very different culture, and it’s fun to see this so well-written. Content Review: Sexual content: Spoken mention of two dragons courting. An implication…