Hello, everyone! I had been recapping and reviewing Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, one novel a week, leading up to the release of the final volume, League of Dragons—but now League is out, and so I am bringing you a spoiler-free review of it! (I read a galley provided by the publisher.) This review also avoids spoilers for prior books; if you want to refresh your memory, you can catch up at the reread index, which contains much longer and more detailed posts than this one.
Please, no spoilers in the comments; there will be a spoiler post for League in two weeks in which I will delve into as much minutia as I can get away with (we’re skipping a week to give people time to read and because I will be away). In addition, I’d appreciate it if you would avoid or obscure major spoilers for later books, as a lot of people are behind.
Let me put the conclusion up front: League of Dragons sticks the landing, and if you like the series overall, you should read it. It handles gracefully the general challenges of concluding a long series, and it has lots of the best parts of the series to date, and not that much of the worst.