I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
And man, I just loved this novel. I know that this isn't for everyone - amnesia trope, by the way - but I've loved it since I fell in love with the X-Men, and Wolverine in particular. I also love how well Novik does hurt/comfort, two tropes that are well used in fanfiction. It should be noted that Novik is very open about starting out writing fanfiction, realizing she didn't like those confines, and never wanting to write fanfiction, filing off that serial number, and replacing names before publishing. Oh, no, she uses fanfiction to get somewhere original, to eventually create a wholly original world.
But I'm not surprised to see so many tropes that I enjoy and are used in fanfic so often in her writing either.
Laurence, shipwrecked in China, has to find his way back to Temeraire, without use of his memory. Meanwhile, everyone around Temeraire is convinced that Laurence is drowned, and tries to let him get on with it - mostly by allowing him to believe that Laurence is alive and to keep looking for him until he wears himself out with that searching.
I find it very telling when they're apart and what they're willing to do for each other: it's touching, and I couldn't help but hurt for Temeraire every time someone tried to tell him Laurence was dead.
Love, love, love. This one moved really quickly for me, and I tended to resent having to put it down. Looking forward to the last novel.