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His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
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His Majesty's Dragon

by Naomi Novik

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Series: Temeraire (1)

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Recently added byTarklovishki, AliceAnna, MSMCroll, otterbeans, private library, heaven_star, humblewomble
  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 (ErlendSkjelten)
    ErlendSkjelten: 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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Delightful! Wonderful! All the enthusiastic twee words I can find!

This book was great and I'm putting the squeeze on the friend who recommended it to me to pony up the rest of the series immediately.
I was put off initially, like other reviewers seem to have been as well, by the blurb/pitch of "napoleonic wars - with dragons!" and, you know, I don't know how else you'd describe the book because it very much is about that. But it's also a lot more than that, and the stuff it is about is a lot harder to put on a blurb without sounding weird.

"It's about a man and his dragon and they're adorable, and curl up outside and he really gets the dragons and cares about them and helps the people who have been caring for them for ages see things from a new perspective..."

"It's one of those heartwarming fantasy books, you just want to hug everyone, all the time!"

"It's a ragtag band of dragonriders and they're all brash and rude and forward compared to the rest of English society at the time, they're like drunken fun vikings in the corner, but you still get the lovely formality of the English social stuff at the same time..."

See? None of that works on a blurb to get someone to pick up a book, but it really is every one of those things. It's fun. It's heartwarming. It's British in the best sort of way.

I can see the people commenting about the characterisation being shallow and the overall lack of conflict in the book, it's valid... but I didn't notice or care. I was enjoying it for what it was too much! Sometimes I want an optimistic fantasy, where everyone's friends and things turn out ok even when Napoleon is trying to invade and you might well have accientally pissed of the Chinese.

Read this if you're sick of grimdark. Read this if you think you're over reading about dragons. Read this if you've got a Sunday afternoon you don't know what to do with. Read this before a job interview and walk in feeling like you're more enthusiastic and English than Nigel Thornberry (true story).

Ignore the "napoleonic wars with dragons", it sounds boring like that - read it because it's fun! ( )
  heaven_star | Oct 20, 2014 |
Delightful! Wonderful! All the enthusiastic twee words I can find!

This book was great and I'm putting the squeeze on the friend who recommended it to me to pony up the rest of the series immediately.
I was put off initially, like other reviewers seem to have been as well, by the blurb/pitch of "napoleonic wars - with dragons!" and, you know, I don't know how else you'd describe the book because it very much is about that. But it's also a lot more than that, and the stuff it is about is a lot harder to put on a blurb without sounding weird.

"It's about a man and his dragon and they're adorable, and curl up outside and he really gets the dragons and cares about them and helps the people who have been caring for them for ages see things from a new perspective..."

"It's one of those heartwarming fantasy books, you just want to hug everyone, all the time!"

"It's a ragtag band of dragonriders and they're all brash and rude and forward compared to the rest of English society at the time, they're like drunken fun vikings in the corner, but you still get the lovely formality of the English social stuff at the same time..."

See? None of that works on a blurb to get someone to pick up a book, but it really is every one of those things. It's fun. It's heartwarming. It's British in the best sort of way.

I can see the people commenting about the characterisation being shallow and the overall lack of conflict in the book, it's valid... but I didn't notice or care. I was enjoying it for what it was too much! Sometimes I want an optimistic fantasy, where everyone's friends and things turn out ok even when Napoleon is trying to invade and you might well have accientally pissed of the Chinese.

Read this if you're sick of grimdark. Read this if you think you're over reading about dragons. Read this if you've got a Sunday afternoon you don't know what to do with. Read this before a job interview and walk in feeling like you're more enthusiastic and English than Nigel Thornberry (true story).

Ignore the "napoleonic wars with dragons", it sounds boring like that - read it because it's fun! ( )
  heaven_star | Oct 20, 2014 |
A delight start to finish. I like Temeraire very much, and his handler too. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
I've read books about dragons before. Heck, I've read about a million of them. Dealing with Dragons, Pern, Eragon, McKinley's Dragonhaven, Eona, and so many more. I thought I've read it all, that every other dragon book would be a derivative of these old dragon classics. But here, Novik makes dragons fresh again.

Laurence is a captain in the Navy with a strong sense of duty and loyalty to his lovely country. But when they discover a dragon egg, he might have to give up his life as he knows it to befriend a dragon.

Eh, who am I kidding. Duh, of course he has to give up his life as he knows it, otherwise there would be no story! But the point is, Novik writes this story well. The slow change of emotion of bitterness to gentle love and admiration from Laurence is beautiful. This is a slow-paced book. It does not tell you things explicitly or have many words to say. In fact, this is probably one of the most formal books I've read in a while, probably since Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. But if you stick around long enough, it's worth it to see the masks of formality drop a little and see raw emotion in small gestures.

A couple things are jarring: the strange ease in which Laurence starts to have intimate scenes with one Jane Roland and the mechanics of dragon fighting.

For the first, I am agog with disbelief. This formal, uptight prissy naval boy easily tumbling into bed? What the what? I think I need a little more convincing and more explanation about his philosophy of honor before I can buy it.

Dragon fighting in this world is quite ridiculous. Most of the time I don't really care because it's scifi and I always take it with a huge grain of a salt. But Novik tries to make it realistic. And she talks about sewing up a dragon's wound in midair, jumping onto different dragons midflight, etc. Uhhh? I don't think dragons are as similar to ships as she is trying to make them out to be....

One thing I don't understand is why dragons must be dependent on humans. And why dragons aren't more of a pest/threat. Seems to me the only thing keeping them linked with a human being is affection. Which I highly doubt could keep every single one of them attached. Meh. Improbable.

I am not terribly fond of the ending. It was less like a grand, final battle than a plot device to reveal Temeraire's powers. But I didn't hate it either.

I think I give this book a solid 4 stars, which is high praise from me. It was really beautiful. A slow development of world and characters.
Recommended for those who love a a bit of historical scifi. But anyone who has a soft spot for dragons should give this a try. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
I've read books about dragons before. Heck, I've read about a million of them. Dealing with Dragons, Pern, Eragon, McKinley's Dragonhaven, Eona, and so many more. I thought I've read it all, that every other dragon book would be a derivative of these old dragon classics. But here, Novik makes dragons fresh again.

Laurence is a captain in the Navy with a strong sense of duty and loyalty to his lovely country. But when they discover a dragon egg, he might have to give up his life as he knows it to befriend a dragon.

Eh, who am I kidding. Duh, of course he has to give up his life as he knows it, otherwise there would be no story! But the point is, Novik writes this story well. The slow change of emotion of bitterness to gentle love and admiration from Laurence is beautiful. This is a slow-paced book. It does not tell you things explicitly or have many words to say. In fact, this is probably one of the most formal books I've read in a while, probably since Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. But if you stick around long enough, it's worth it to see the masks of formality drop a little and see raw emotion in small gestures.

A couple things are jarring: the strange ease in which Laurence starts to have intimate scenes with one Jane Roland and the mechanics of dragon fighting.

For the first, I am agog with disbelief. This formal, uptight prissy naval boy easily tumbling into bed? What the what? I think I need a little more convincing and more explanation about his philosophy of honor before I can buy it.

Dragon fighting in this world is quite ridiculous. Most of the time I don't really care because it's scifi and I always take it with a huge grain of a salt. But Novik tries to make it realistic. And she talks about sewing up a dragon's wound in midair, jumping onto different dragons midflight, etc. Uhhh? I don't think dragons are as similar to ships as she is trying to make them out to be....

One thing I don't understand is why dragons must be dependent on humans. And why dragons aren't more of a pest/threat. Seems to me the only thing keeping them linked with a human being is affection. Which I highly doubt could keep every single one of them attached. Meh. Improbable.

I am not terribly fond of the ending. It was less like a grand, final battle than a plot device to reveal Temeraire's powers. But I didn't hate it either.

I think I give this book a solid 4 stars, which is high praise from me. It was really beautiful. A slow development of world and characters.
Recommended for those who love a a bit of historical scifi. But anyone who has a soft spot for dragons should give this a try. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
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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.
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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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