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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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    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
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    DWWilkin: If you like the time period, no better way to start then with the first popular series about Age of Sail
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    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. 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
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    ErlendSkjelten: Much heavier fare than Temeraire, but all the more enjoyable for it. The Napoleonic wars, with magicians instead of dragons.
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  12. 10
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  13. 10
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    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....
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His Majesty's Dragon offers a fresh take on the Napoleonic Wars with aerial warfare in addition to sea warfare. As the title suggests, the aviators don't pilot machines; they pilot dragons. Naval Captain William Laurence was happy in his naval career when it took an unexpected turn. After capturing a dragon egg in the cargo of a French ship, Laurence is there to bond with the newly hatched dragon, whom he names Temeraire. Laurence finds himself starting over in a new branch of the service as he and Temeraire undergo training. Eventually they get the chance to test themselves in an aerial battle against France's dragons.

I prefer war fiction that focuses on the home front or military intelligence/espionage rather than on battlefield action. I found that this is the case even when the battles involve dragons rather than ships or planes. I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Laurence and Temeraire and the “basic training” they undergo with other dragons and their handlers. My attention wandered during the actual battle scenes. Even the excellent narration by Simon Vance couldn't hold my attention during those parts of the story. I may pick up the next book in the series at some point to see how Temeraire continues to develop, but I'm not in a hurry to do it. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jul 26, 2015 |
A great premise and Novick's smooth writing style make for an entertaining read. Not a lot actually happens until near the end of the book (that final battle scene is worth the book by itself), but that didn't matter since I enjoyed Temeraire so much. ( )
  JoshuaAtkins | Jul 6, 2015 |
I'm a dragon-crazy person, and this... definitely satisfies, to say the least. I LOVE this series.
My full review is here, on Hot Stuff for Cool People. ( )
  hotforcool | May 31, 2015 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The dragons are charming and the characters are interesting and well developed. Set during the Napoleonic wars this is a tale set in a world where dragons exist and are crucial in the war effort. The story revolves around Laurence, a Navy Captain, whose world is turned upside down by a seemingly cruel twist of fate when he is forced to leave his life after being coupled with a newly hatched dragon. Laurence and his new charge,Temaraire, join the Aerial Corps and become inseparable friends and an unbeatable team against the overwhelming French horde. ( )
  nebula21 | Apr 28, 2015 |
From the beginning you know that Laurence is a good guy with the right intentions. He is onboard as a Captain and the story begins with his ship overtaking a French one. They win and on board they discover a dragon egg locked away. Laurence takes it back to his ship and they wait until it finally hatches. The dragon chooses Laurence and he names him Temeraire. From there they go and await orders. Laurence gives up his Captain title in the Navy and his possible future with Edith to join and become the Captain in the corps with Temeraire. Together they learn how to maneuver and go to fight when necessary.

The characters are awesome to meet. You find those that are in the background and you get enough details about them to recognize and understand them. The development of Temeraire is very well written. Things don���������t always come in magic and you watch as the dragon learns flying eating hunting fighting reading etc. You even see where it gets frustrated with the monotonous routine he gets into. Watching these characteristics develop and grow brings the story to life. Your heart breaks for Levitas and you want to knock the crap out of Rankin. Laurence even goes through his own struggles that you can easily follow without being weighed down by too much detail. Definitely a great read
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  jessica_reads | Mar 24, 2015 |
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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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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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