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Crucible of Gold (Temeraire, #7) by Naomi Novik
For Laurence and Temeraire, put out to pasture in Australia, it seems their part in the war has come to an end just when they are needed most. But perhaps they are no longer alone in this opinion. And now the government that sidelined them has decided they have the best chance at negotiating a peace with the angry Tswana, who have besieged the Portuguese royal family in Rio—and thus offer to reinstate Laurence to his former rank and seniority as a captain in the Aerial Corps.
Nonetheless, the pair embark for Brazil, only to meet with a string of unmitigated disasters that force them to make an unexpected landing in the hostile territory of the Incan empire, where they face new unanticipated dangers. Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk—for one bold enough to grasp it. More Details.
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She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers. Toggle navigation. New to eBooks.
Horror gave him strength, and the hissed disappointment behind him: the mistake had been discovered. But he was unequal to the task; he felt a peculiar stirring beneath his feet, and he halted: a head was peering out from the bushes ahead, hungry and malicious, and there was no shelter anywhere to be seen; he was alone. Though it evidently preferred to hunt from ambush, the creature was not unwilling to confront solitary prey; it crept one leg and then another out of the shrub-growth and came towards him at a slow deliberate pace.
It had forelegs with long many-jointed talons, scaled in dark shades of brown and green, and heavy sloping shoulders. When Hammond turned to flee, there was another half-emerged from a hole up the slope a little way, watching, jaw hung open in a gruesomely eager smile, and another two heads just peering out. Shen Li! He heard a coughing note behind him which might have been a noise of amusement going around the creatures, and then he fell over the far side and tumbling came to rest at the feet of another man: a ragged backwoods hunter, bearded and dusty, in loose shirt and trousers and a broad-brimmed hat with, oh the blessings of Heaven, a rifle in his hand — but he was only one man, and already the five scaly heads were looking over the ridge down at the both of them.
Dragons with feathers!
The creatures hissed, and then as quickly, they vanished: a terrible immense shadow had fallen over them, the ground trembling. We ought to, anyway; how dare the bunyips, when they know very well I will not have them hunting men here. Is that you?
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