Crucible of Gold (Temeraire)

Crucible of Gold - Naomi Novik Oh, thank goodness. Naomi is back. While I can't say this is the best work in the series - the character growth is sketchy and some of the plot twists a little hard to swallow, especially in the timing - but things are happening again. Hooray!

While it's still sad to see Laurence so world-weary and defeated, his earlier fire banked way down low, he did at least decide to move forward in this book instead of staying mired in endless guilt.

And Hooray for Naomi! as well - since she's decided to give us a heroic, likeable, sympathetic gay character. Of all the book's characters, John grows the most, though he remains stalwart and courageous throughout.

Fast-paced, often thrilling, this is a relief after the last dreary trudge of a novel.