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His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon

by Naomi Novik

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Series: Temeraire (1)

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4,907245936 (4.09)2 / 449
  1. 214
    Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian (lorax)
    lorax: The Napoleonic Wars, just with no dragons. Better-written than Hornblower and with much stronger characterization.
  2. 91
    Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester (DWWilkin)
    DWWilkin: If you like the time period, no better way to start then with the first popular series about Age of Sail
  3. 102
    Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (Rozax)
    Rozax: Both Novik and McCaffrey take great care in developing the worlds for their respective series. If you like one, you may very well like the other.
  4. 51
    Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (PghDragonMan, Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are alternate history/fantasy novels with a distinct nautical flair. His Majesty's Dragon is set during the Napoleonic Wars - just with dragons (obviously) as a sort of Air Navy - complete with crew. Leviathan is set during an alternate WWI between the Darwinists (who have living ships & weapons) and the Clankers (who use machines).… (more)
  5. 30
    The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson (infiniteletters)
  6. 30
    Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman (notemily)
    notemily: DRAGONS!
  7. 52
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Obdormio)
    Obdormio: Much heavier fare than Temeraire, but all the more enjoyable for it. The Napoleonic wars, with magicians instead of dragons.
  8. 20
    Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (elbakerone)
    elbakerone: Another interesting and well written historical fantasy.
  9. 20
    Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley (infiniteletters)
  10. 10
    Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove (PghDragonMan)
  11. 11
    Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede (carlyrose)
    carlyrose: A bit lighter and for perhaps a younger audience, but also an alternate history dealing with the Napoleonic Wars.
  12. 00
    Lord of the Changing Winds by Rachel Neumeier (noneofthis)
  13. 00
    The Dragon and the Thief by Gillian Bradshaw (one-horse.library)
  14. 00
    Dragon Companion by Don Callander (infiniteletters)
  15. 00
    Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe by James M. Ward (amysisson)
    amysisson: In this case, the dragon *is* the ship, and the main character is younger and less experienced, but otherwise they have a similar feel....
  16. 12
    The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey (FFortuna)
  17. 01
    A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (one-horse.library)
  18. 01
    Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara (leahsimone)
  19. 04
    Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb (imager)
  20. 05
    Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb (imager)

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Super creative and well written, reads like a Patrick O'Brian novel but with dragons as part of the royal navy. It's a series but I just plan to read the first book because after you get past the concept -- which holds the first hundred or two pages -- it really is that standard naval/dragon fare. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
The book is okay. I'm spoiled for reading books about that period in history by the peerless works of Patrick O'Brian. Novik clearly has read the Master and Commander series and has borrowed from it liberally. It makes her work a bit more derivative, but not that much worse. Despite what one of the reviews at LibraryThing says, she has created a 20th century man to walk around her 18th/19th century world. He ends up being more than willing to cast his system of social mores to the wind in order to integrate into the Air Corps. Of course, the existence of dragons means that gender roles as they were understood then must, in fact, be reinterpreted in the way that people in the 20th century would like them to be. It's funny, whether you're Anne McCaffrey or Naomi Novik, it seems that dragons must automatically mean a dramatic sexual liberation for everyone so enlightened as to have close contact with them.

On the whole, I find that on my initial reading I can get past such annoyances to enjoy the thrill-ride that is dragons in Napoleonic Europe. On the other hand, I foresee that the series might easily go downhill fast as she reaches for ever larger and more dramatic worlds to conquer and as the characters move every further into the 20th century despite what their calendars say. She doesn't appear to have learned, as O'Brian knew, that dramatic tension in a novel can exist even if worlds and empires are not at stake and that there is as much poetry in a simple life of a common man as in that of the great men who bestride the earth as colossi. ( )
2 vote Atlas | Apr 29, 2014 |
What a wonderful fantasy! The author brings Temeraire to life as the reader is drawn into the world of His Majesty's Dragon. The dialogue is exquisite and the storyline captures the imagination. This is a book that can be enjoyed by all ages. ( )
  KarensStories | Apr 22, 2014 |
Part Patrick O'Brian, part Anne McCaffrey, part shaggy dog (err dragon) story.

Fun and interesting. ( )
  JWhitsitt | Mar 17, 2014 |
Dragons! I haven't had this much fun with dragons since I was a kid watching Pete's Dragon garble-farble years ago. I know...not anywhere near the same genre, but...Dragons!

I ran across this at the library and thought, historical fiction? dragons? sailing ships and skirmishes? Yes, please.

I felt the story was a little slow to start. I wanted some action asap but now knowing there are 3, 4....9 of these in the series, the author was prudent to lay down a good foundation of getting to understand the Air Corp branch for dragons, training, dragon breeds, abilities, dragon rider bond, etc. to set the stage for future installments.

The author goes in great detail about this world, which is wholly fascinating because, heck, yeah...dragons! Seasoned fighters or inexperienced, colorful, loyal, large or small beasts. Nimble flyers or pure show of strength. Smart, bilingual dragons that love math and like to read. The relationship between dragon and rider and other pairs was lovely to see develop and I could feel how beast and man were so deeply bound in friendship.

Once I patiently settled into the book, rather than urge the story forward inside my head, I found the chapters flew by rather quickly (pun intended). I look forward to continuing the series as I enjoyed it very much ( )
  fueledbycoffee | Mar 4, 2014 |
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Naomi Novikprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harman, DominicCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valkonen, TeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The deck of the French ship was slippery with blood, heaving in the choppy sea; a stroke might as easily bring down the man making it as the intended target.
“I should rather have you than a heap of gold, even if it were very comfortable to sleep on.”
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Published as "His Majesty's Dragon" in the United States and "Temeraire" in the United Kingdom.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345481283, Mass Market Paperback)

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

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When the HMS Reliant captures a French ship and its priceless cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, Captain Will Laurence is swept into an unexpected kinship with an extraordinary creature and joins the elite Aerial Corps as a master of the dragon Temaraire, in which role he must match wits with the powerful dragon-borne forces of Napoleon Bonaparte.… (more)

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