“Temeraire and his human rider Captain Laurence find themselves facing the true consequences of what they did when they sent the cure for the dragon disease to the French. If the French had lost most of its dragon fighters, the British would have been able to push back against the Napoleonic drive that had already captured most of Europe. Instead, Britain has become the load country standing against him. In the previous novel, Laurence and Temeraire let a repulse of a French invasion, but it isn't enough to surpass their act of treason.
Now they are settling in the penal colony of Australia with the hopes of helping to found a warren of dragons there. They arrive in time to find that the colony is already facing leadership issues. Captain Bligh (yes, this historical and literary character) has been ousted as governor for the usual reasons. The colony itself is really struggling to be more than a few huts.
To help with the creation of the dragons warren, Temeraire and Laurence have arrived with three dragon eggs, who start hatching in succession. As usual, the dragons are very unique and interesting characters, but the true adventure begins when one of the eggs is taken by the locals. Temeraire and his friends find themselves on a continent-wide chase to try and regain the egg before it hatches. It proves to be a dangerous fight against the Outback and a surprising conclusion that could change global politics.
This definitely wasn't my favorite book in the series. The characters are just as interesting, but I felt it struggled to work through the stories. The book takes on the form of a series of vignettes or short stories that are tied together. That in and of itself is not a bad thing. I just felt that it really struggled with the spaces between the adventures. This was particularly true with the ongoing suffering that makes up their travels through the Outback. With that said, I do still plan on reading the next book in the series.”