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Naomi Novik

Autor(a) de His Majesty's Dragon

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About the Author

Naomi Novik was born in New York on April 30, 1973. She received a Bachelor's degree in English literature at Brown University and a Master's degree in Computer Science from Columbia University. She participated in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of mostrar mais Undrentide. Her first novel, His Majesty's Dragon, was published in 2006 and was the start of the Temeraire series. She has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Uprooted, won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novel. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon (2006) 8,004 cópias
Uprooted (2015) 6,278 cópias
Throne of Jade (2006) 4,838 cópias
Black Powder War (2006) 4,246 cópias
Spinning Silver (2018) 3,836 cópias
A Deadly Education (2020) 3,748 cópias
Empire of Ivory (2007) 3,534 cópias
Victory of Eagles (2008) 2,745 cópias
Tongues of Serpents (2010) 1,855 cópias
The Last Graduate (2021) 1,853 cópias
Crucible of Gold (2012) 1,274 cópias
The Golden Enclaves (2022) 1,266 cópias
Blood of Tyrants (2013) 1,027 cópias
League of Dragons (2016) 784 cópias
In His Majesty's Service (2006) 748 cópias
Golden Age and Other Stories (2017) 152 cópias
Vici [short story] (2011) 32 cópias
Priced to Sell 2 cópias
Ve stínu Hvozdu (2019) 2 cópias
Rocks Fall [short story] 1 exemplar(es)
Blessings 1 exemplar(es)
V zajetí zimy 1 exemplar(es)
Temeraire [excerpt] 1 exemplar(es)
The Temeraire Series: Books 1-7 (2006) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010) — Contribuinte — 1,299 cópias
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2009) — Contribuinte — 769 cópias
Warriors (2010) — Contribuinte — 637 cópias
Naked City (2011) — Contribuinte — 633 cópias
Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2013) — Contribuinte — 399 cópias
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (2016) — Contribuinte — 327 cópias
Fast Ships, Black Sails (2008) — Contribuinte — 309 cópias
Wings of Fire (2010) — Contribuinte — 176 cópias
The Mythic Dream (2019) — Contribuinte — 167 cópias
Unfettered II: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2016) — Contribuinte — 119 cópias
Galactic Empires (2017) — Contribuinte — 117 cópias
Unfettered III: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2019) — Contribuinte — 104 cópias
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition (2012) — Contribuinte — 89 cópias
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 Edition (2010) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
The Best of Uncanny (2019) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
Space Opera (2007) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 (2017) — Contribuinte — 39 cópias
Year's Best Fantasy 9 (2009) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry (2014) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017 Edition (2017) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Uncanny Magazine Issue 22: May/June 2018 (2018) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Clarkesworld: Issue 095 (August 2014) (2014) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 98 • July 2018 (2018) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Uncanny Magazine: The Best of 2018 — Contribuinte, algumas edições2 cópias


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A Deadly Education is a young adult fantasy novel written in a strong first-person voice. It starts out a little too dramatic for my taste, given the fact that the main character is never actually serious about murdering her classmate (despite what the first line says). It also starts out with a staggering amount of explanations after that first scene is finished. It seems to me that the dramatic opening was seen as necessary to get the readers through the rest of it, but to me it's just misleading. There certainly is a lot of action to be had and maleficaria to be fought, but Galadriel isn't nearly as unreasonable as she might seem at first blush.

If you give the story a little longer to get rolling, or if you actually don't mind the long explanations at all because they're written in such a powerful voice, you may find, as I did, that the rest of the book really shines. The world is detailed and so well-constructed that, while at first I questioned why the school would ever have been set up the way it is, the more I learned about it, the more heartbreakingly reasonable it seemed. The dynamics between Galadriel and Orion evolve in a way that's quite compelling, and, in fact, the relationship dynamics between all the characters stand out as one of the best pieces of the book. I didn't have anywhere near Galadriel's social intelligence when I was in high school, but I imagine if I had this book would be the best representation of that sort of environment that I've ever read.

I also enjoyed world building details such as the fact that the school is said to be the only one for wizards in the world and it actually has students from all around the world. Galadriel is from Wales, Orion is from the USA, but there are characters from Asia and Africa and South America. A major scene of the book involves a group of highly skilled characters who coordinate with each other in Mandarin and can only communicate with the English-speaking group through members who also speak French. All the students here are multilingual, partially in order to communicate with each other, but also because the magic system contains incantations in every language. The more languages a student speaks, the more spells they can gain access to, and I honestly love that approach.

I also love that the main character isn't a lone hero who solves all the biggest problems by herself. From the beginning, it's shown that groups of wizards can accomplish more, and even the strongest characters are vulnerable when they try to go it alone. This is far more realistic and compelling to me than the "chosen one" trope, and I really enjoyed it.

Of course, I think the ultimate question of whether you'll enjoy this book comes down to how you feel about the voice in which it's written. If you find the main character to be rude and annoying rather than empathizing with her and understanding the mental state she's constructed to deal with social isolation and the literal trauma of near-death experiences, this book isn't for you. Likewise, if you can't handle monster-based violence and the fact that characters will absolutely die, both in this book and presumably in the rest of the trilogy, it's best to give this one a pass. I'll also throw in the fact that this book has a bit of romance in it, since it may be known that I normally avoid that.

Personally, though, I found myself speeding along through the early chapters and then hooked on the story, needing to know what would happen next. The narrator reminded me of one of my own characters from a past project, and I did find her sympathetic. Her narration also gave me a few smiles and laughs, so that's a bonus. I think that many teenagers may relate to her quite easily, as well as adults who can identify with being disliked for reasons beyond their control. If you're interested in this book, I recommend reading the first few pages, with the knowledge that the main character doesn't actually want any of her classmates dead and that she does care about other people underneath the emotional armor she's constructed. If you like what you read, you'll be in for a good time.
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dste | outras 142 resenhas | Feb 25, 2024 |
45% thru DNF; although I liked El's attitude, Orion's reflexive heroism, and their prickly relationship...halfway through, this book felt, to me, a little too heavy with the mechanics of the magic system instead of character momentum, which wasn't my thing.
hannerwell | outras 142 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
I listened to this mostly on audiobook and partially in print, and have pretty mixed feelings. On one hand, I really enjoyed the beginning and ending of the novel. I thought the plot felt fresh, and ended up liking each of the three main women. They’re very strong and likable in their own way. I also appreciate the twisting of the Rumplestiltskin story, even if it’s never one I enjoyed before.
On the other hand, the middle of this book is also over the place. The plot feels inconsistent and I never knew what to expect, and not in the good way that made me want to read more. A couple more POVs from more minor characters are added and I found them more annoying than anything else, especially Magreta’s. The pacing is also inconsistent and drags out some scenes far too long while flying by others. Finally, the audiobook narrator honestly sucks. There are ultimately four different women characters who get a POV and the narrator makes them sound all alike, save for a stilted Russian (?) accent that makes Wanda easier to pick out. POVs also switch with no signal, so even in print it’s confusing.
I might recommend this to someone who enjoys retold fairytale fantasy with a slow pace. “Spinning Silver” isn’t my cup of tea, but I can see why others would enjoy this book.
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deborahee | outras 196 resenhas | Feb 23, 2024 |
Hmmm... Others have outlined the storyline for Crucible of Gold (Temeraire, #7), so just voicing an opinion, (and try to avoid spoilers) here. The writing is as always excellent, but I didn't like this book as I've enjoyed those those earlier the series. The tale is a bit over chocked with characters, and some of the least appealing hold the forefront. (I'm quite sick of Iskierka). There seems to be rather a lot going on in just one story. (characters and situations from previous books in the series are drawn in, but in a bit of a jumble. Events, and characters pop up quickly and with an odd lack of cohesion.

We start in Australia and end in Brazil, via Peru. During which travels misdeeds, misadventure and petty squabbles drive the action: with much attendant disaster, loss and mayhem in between. This novel almost seems an author's rushed and intermediary step: used to move the cast from one place to another when there's not an otherwise meaningful excuse for them to end up where she means them to do.

I'm disappointed in Crucible of Gold. Yet,I still have faith in Naomi Novik as a writer. So I will anxiously await the next book in this series with hopes that novel will find Laurence, Temeraire, and the narrative in much better circumstances - such as going back to actively fighting the Napoleonic war...
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djambruso | outras 72 resenhas | Feb 23, 2024 |


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