"Blood of Tyrants" http://www.amazon.com/Blood-of-Tyrants-Temeraire-ebook/dp/B00BH0VSHG/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1 is the 8th book in Naomi Novik's wonderful alternative history of Napoleonic Wars. Completely re-imagined with the addition of dragons as major weapons of war, Novik has journeyed around the world. While the central conflict between England and France forms the main focus of the series, there have been excursions to Brazil, the Aztecs, Australia, Africa and China. While war has always been a mainstay of the series, the poor treatment of the dragons by the British and other countries has also played a major part of the story.
In "Blood of Tyrants", the Napoleonic Wars are coming to a head. But Laurence is missing off the dragon carrier ship. Beached on the coast of Japan, he has lost his memory and has to survive his encounter with the xenophobic Japanese long enough to rejoin the British. It's a perilous journey.
Once Laurence does rejoin Temeraire, they travel to China to seek allies against Napoleon. Again Novik is not afraid to put the onus on the British for the introduction of opium into China.
Finally, after some trials and tribulations in China, Laurence and Temeraire journey to Russia to fight Napoleon directly, with the aid of a large contingent of Chinese dragons. But Russia's is also treating its dragons poorly, which results in problems for the Allies. Its a recurring theme in Novik's books.
This is not a series that you can join in at this late stage, but Novik still makes it interesting for her fans, just not as compelling a read as the earlier books. Its still amazing how she can interlace the dragons into the history of Europe and provide a vivid retelling of this period. But it seems a little old now. We have seen a lot of these scenes before.
But we are reminded of the bond between Temeraire and Laurence. Novik also drops a clue here and there about how Temeraire and Laurence can finally escape the clutches of the British and seek their own freedom, but first they must defeat Napoleon in Russia.
The book, however ends practically in mid sentence in mid battle with Winter on its way.
Its still a good story, and the amnesia element still showed that on the important issues, irrespective of their previous bond and history, Laurence and Temeraire had similar hopes and values. At the end of the day, Laurence's battle to rejoin Temeraire and be with him is the heart of this story and this series.