CRUCIBLE OF GOLD, by Naomi Novik

7/series. Leaving wild Australia and its dangers behind, Temeraire and his captain William Lawrence, along with several other British dragons, are being transported to South America, in the hopes of foiling Napoleon’s courting of the Inca empress. Half way across the Pacific, a five-day typhoon batters the ship and, except for the dragons and their crews, all is lost. A quirk of fate puts them in the hands of Napoleon’s agent. Want to know more? Read the book, but read them in order. This is, so far, the most fanciful of the series (Napoleon and an Incan Empress?), but for fans of revised historical adventures, with beautifully-drawn dragons as the icing on the cake, this is a solid 4.
Find the author at
For no-spoiler book reviews, go to