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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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  1. 234
    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. 112
    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.
  3. 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
  4. 61
    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. 52
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (ErlendSkjelten)
    ErlendSkjelten: Much heavier fare than Temeraire, but all the more enjoyable for it. The Napoleonic wars, with magicians instead of dragons.
  6. 30
    The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson (infiniteletters)
  7. 30
    Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (elbakerone)
    elbakerone: Another interesting and well written historical fantasy.
  8. 30
    Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman (notemily)
    notemily: DRAGONS!
  9. 31
    A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (TomWaitsTables)
  10. 20
    Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley (infiniteletters)
  11. 10
    Lord of the Changing Winds by Rachel Neumeier (noneofthis)
  12. 10
    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....
  13. 10
    Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove (PghDragonMan)
  14. 00
    The Dragon and the Thief by Gillian Bradshaw (TomWaitsTables)
  15. 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.
  16. 01
    Dragon Companion by Don Callander (infiniteletters)
  17. 12
    The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey (FFortuna)
  18. 01
    Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara (leahsimone)
  19. 15
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  20. 06
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A very interesting book. One of those where you can simply let the words wash over you like a warm bath, without getting emotionally lost in the book and overwhelmed. Certain books I enjoy getting emotionally overwhelmed, but usually I prefer something lighter, funner, and calmer. This fit that perfectly. It was like the strange bastard lovechild of Eragon (but without the immense pomposity and ridiculous wordiness) and Master and Commander. Quite enjoyable!!! ( )
  benuathanasia | Jan 28, 2016 |
Loved this book and the next two to follow. After that not so much, didnt like the story line at all....
  nraichlin | Jan 26, 2016 |
Not really into fantasy, but received this as a freebe with the purchase of my E-Reader. Loved it! Not only did the dragons come to life for me, but the battles between the British and Napolean became more vivid. ( )
  tmscott13 | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was a fun read about an alternate world set back at the time of the Napoleonic Wars where there are dragons involved in everyday life and obviously, in battle.
A naval captain unwillingly takes charge of a hatchling, learning what it is to operate in the aerial corps of the British forces.
Well thought out world building. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
An alternate history of Napoleonic-era England. With talking dragons. I'm not honestly sure what led me to seek this out now. I have a long-standing prejudice against talking animals in fantasy. (Which reading the Diane Duane Cats of Grand Central series might be starting to shift).

I don't remember who recommended these books to me.
I zoomed through the first, and have started reading the second. I like Laurence, adjusting to culture shock as he transitions between strict naval culture and more relaxed dragon rider culture. I like the sweetness of his relationship with Temeraire. I like Temeraire's curiosity, and sense of humor. Temeraire kind of reminds me of the dragon in How To Train Your Dragon, lively and childlike.
I'll probably be adding this series to my binge-reading list. ( )
  ewillse | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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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Initially published as His Majesty's Dragon.
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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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