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 shocking discoveries and darker dangers await Another book that I have been putting off writing a review for, because I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I thought I would.The story has enough of Temeraire and Will to satisfy, and plentyin the form new dragons, a new country, great action and interesting history, but it really tested my patience.My chief complaint, is that most of the book was a journey and NOTHING happened in between, apart from a single interesting incident involving a seaserpent It was a chore turning pages and I longed for the book to end Luckily the ending was strong and I willthan likely pick up the next book in the series early in 2016.Also, it has dragons That’s almost a star on it’s own. MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListThis was supposed to be my St Patrick's Day book (green) read, but I still read it in March so it still counts =) I love Temeraire and Laurence so much ! A man and his dragon, what's not to love ! Now the Chinese want Temeraire back I think it's stupid as everyone stated, they had given the egg away to the French and just because Laurence ship took over the one with the egg in it doesn't mean they deserve to get Temeraire back BUTthat's not what happened I loved that Temeraire was very protective over Laurence in this book He was not going to let anyone separate them So, they end up going to China together on the Allegiance We get to meet up with Riley again =) Some stuff happens on the trip over and some of the other dragons in Temeraire's crew help them out a for a little bit I'm glad they got to be together again And we got some of the crew back to be there for Laurence and Temeraire It was sweet when Temeraire got to meet his family and some other dragons AND a little girlfriend, uh, stuff =) Of course, there are some bad things happen while they are there as well Andpeople die throughout the book =( I liked the ending very much and look forward to what Temeraire is going to do with his newfound knowledge What wonderful books these are so far! Introducing…Throne of Jade: the pros and cons.Yes, I'm starting with the cons, so what? This is my review, I do want I want ✘ The pace is slow.Wait No It's not slow It's painfully slow That kind of painfully slow:✘ There isn't much action.There is so little action here that Laurence reading to Temeraire at night feels like a major event Exciting, right?✘ There is a story, but it's not that gripping.Laurence, Temeraire and friends are on a boat to China It takes them a long time to get to China They finally get to China One or two things happen (wow) End of story Now would probably a good time to remind you that I did actually give this book a 4star rating I mean, these cons up there ↑↑ might lead you to think I got my stars mixed up But I didn't Because the pros outweigh the hell out of the cons.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.✔ Laurence and Temeraire.►► Get the point? Good I said it before, and I'll say it again And again, and again, and again: this series makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside Why? Because Laurence and Temeraire Because Temeraire and Laurence The cutest, most adorable, most heartwarming, greatest friendship that ever was So cute, adorable and heartwarming that even I, the heartless cynic, fell victim to it So cute, adorable and heartwarming that reading about them makes me feel like I'm 10 again Because, yes, unbeknownst to most of you, I was a child once And no, I wasn't yet nefarious back then I was kind of a late bloomer in the villainous department actually But I'm a fast learner And I caught up with my inner wickedness in less time than it takes Temeraire to eat a sheep Pretty impressive, huh?So basically, what I'm trying to say is: as long as Laurence and Temeraire are in these books, I'm happy Who ever said I was hard to please? And always needed nonstop action? And kickass heroines? And overbearing assholes? And poofofftotheharemyougo material? And sex scenes? (view spoiler)[Oh no Stop it right there Don't go putting filthy ideas into my little head, you depraved bunch (hide spoiler)] This was much slower than the first book and the pacing was overall off, with lots of meandering and a rushed ending It was enjoyable in a quiet way, but I hope the rest of the books in the series pick up as I prefer to have a bitaction with these stories.