Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik (Temeraire #7)

red_earphonesNaomi Novik’s beloved series returns, with Captain Will Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire once again taking to the air against the broadsides of Napoleon’s forces and the friendly—and sometimes not-so-friendly—fire of British soldiers and politicians who continue to suspect them of divided loyalties, if not outright treason.

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. Newly allied with the powerful African empire of the Tswana, the French have occupied Spain and brought revolution and bloodshed to Brazil, threatening Britain’s last desperate hope to defeat Napoleon.

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. Temeraire is delighted by this sudden reversal of fortune, but Laurence is by no means sanguine, knowing from experience that personal honor and duty to one’s country do not always run on parallel tracks.

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.

Now with the success of the mission balanced on a razor’s edge, and failure looking more likely by the minute, the unexpected arrival of an old enemy will tip the scales toward ruin. Yet even in the midst of disaster, opportunity may lurk—for one bold enough to grasp it.

AudioFile Magazine (Earphone Winner):

The latest book in the Temeraire series finds Captain William Laurence, his dragon Temeraire, and their compatriots leaving Australia behind as they voyage toward the Inca Empire. In Novik’s world, Napoleon is working on conquering the New World as well as the Old, and our heroes must stop him. Simon Vance has narrated all seven books in the series, but he shows no sign of being bored by this return to familiar territory. He performs the text with vigor, and his proper British accent perfectly suits Novik’s prose. He embodies enormous yet shy male dragons and self-satisfied female dragons; brisk, young British midshipmen; and wise, old Incans—all with equal skill and believability. This audiobook is a joy. G.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine


About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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9 Responses to Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik (Temeraire #7)

  1. Christa May 30, 2016 at 5:28 am #

    It seems impossible to find this book 7 in audio. Is there an exclusive some place? I recently had a concussion so I can’t currently read books or watch television / movies. Have really enjoyed books 1-6 of the temeraire series. Simon Vance does a marvelous job of narration. I have listened to these books via my library. They have been great company over the last three challenging months. Please let me know how I might find book 7. Thank you for bringing these books to life.

    • Simon June 22, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

      I find it on – if you’re looking for download. I have no idea if or where it might be available as a CD. If that’s wht you are looking for I suggest you contact the publisher, Recorded Books.

    • Ulrike June 22, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

      I’m an fan, but the iTunes store also has the e-audiobook.

      If you are averse to digital formats, your best bet is probably your local library. If they don’t have Crucible of Gold on CD, they should be able to get it for you via inter-library loan.

  2. Jnparker June 4, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Thank you for the wonderful reading of the Novik books. I used to read the books a while back but sometimes it just got a little tiring for because it took somuch time and there were so many details. So i bought one of the audiobooks and you even make the small details easily remembered. All the voices were just how I thought when you read them and each character came to life in the voices. Thank you!
    I’m still waiting for the audiobook to buy on audible but it’s taking a long time and it’s still not on the Coming Soon list…I can’t wait any longer. Can’t wait to hear it though!

    • Simon June 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      Shouldn’t be too much longer! But I’m afraid I have no more knowledge about release dates than you.

  3. Katrin May 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I’m so glad you agreed to read the new book. I love the previous ones and it is very annoying when someone else takes over. 🙂

  4. Ulrike May 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    I read Crucible of Gold last week and can’t wait for the audiobook to come out! What were they thinking, not releasing it with the hardcover!?

    • Simon May 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      It surprised me too – but these things happen! Hope the audiobook meets your expectations.
      – S.

      • Ulrike May 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

        I’m sure it will. I’ve been relistening to the rest of the series while I wait, and I was impressed again with the marvelous job you do bringing all the characters to life.

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