Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, Book 5) by Naomi Novik

By Naomi Novik

For Britain, stipulations are grim: Napoleon’s resurgent forces have breached the Channel and effectively invaded English soil. Napoleon’s leading target is the career of London. regrettably, the dragon Temeraire has been faraway from army service–and his captain, Will Laurence, has been condemned to demise for treason. Separated by means of their very own govt and threatened at each flip through Napoleon’s forces, Laurence and Temeraire needs to fight to discover one another amid the turmoil of warfare. If in simple terms they are often reunited, grasp and dragon may perhaps rally Britain’s scattered resistance forces and take the struggle to the enemy as by no means before–for king and state, and for his or her personal liberty.

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But when he was here his pleasures had been simple enough: his family and his garden, old artifacts, watercolor pictures from the last century that he enjoyed cleaning and reframing. He had delighted in a bargain and searched through antique and curio shops, happy to listen to tales of quaint, ordinary people, and always ready to hear or pass on a joke—the longer and shaggier, the more he relished it. Joseph’s recollections continued as the service began, and he stared at all the long, familiar faces, sad and confused now in their hasty black.

Don’t be so pedantic! So obscenely reasonable! ” He did not argue. She needed to rage at someone, and he let her go on until they were through the gates and had drawn up at the front door. She took several long, shuddering breaths, then blew her nose and said she was ready to go inside. She seemed on the edge of saying something more, something gentler, looking steadily at him through brimming eyes. Then she changed her mind and stepped out of the door as Albert held it for her and gave her his hand to steady her.

We’d better go home anyway. We ought to be with Judith. She’s alone. I don’t even know if she’s told Hannah. Someone will have to send her a telegram. She’ll come, of course. ” “Yes, of course,” Joseph conceded. ” He did not want to think of them now; they were intimate, final things, an acknowledgment that death was real and that the past could never be brought back. It was the locking of a door. They drove back from Great Shelford through the quiet lanes. The village of Selborne St. Giles looked just the same as it always had in the soft gold of the evening.

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