Temeraire #4. Author: Naomi Novak.
Tragedy has struck His Majesty’s Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England’s shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons’ ranks–forcing the hopelessly stricken into quarantine. Now only Temeraire and a pack of newly recruited dragons remain uninfected–and stand as the only means of an airborne defense against France’s ever bolder sorties.
Bonaparte’s dragons are already harrowing Britain’s ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line. (Goodreads summary.)
Sexual Content: Mating is arranged between dragons (actual mating takes place off-screen). Unmarried woman discovers herself pregnant, later marries the father. One character asks a woman to marry him, with the context making it obvious that they sleep together.
Language: 43 d***, 1 hell, 1 F-
Violence: Dragon shot in the chest and killed in battle. Men fall from a flying dragon, presumably die. Dragons fight with tooth and claw in mid-air. Man stabbed and killed. One man punches another and knocks him out. Some dragons are painfully ill for quite a while; and there are some brief descriptions of dragons dying of the disease (or, in one case, being shot to prevent a more painful slow death).