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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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  1. 224
    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. 05
    Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb (KimarieBee)
  20. 06
    Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb (KimarieBee)

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This is such a great audio and a wonderful world for fans of Pern! I can't wait to thoroughly explore this alternative history with dragons and get to know everyone better. I wish the story flowed a bit better instead of basically four separate stories, but still fun. ( )
  anyaejo | Aug 12, 2015 |
This is a fun sort of fantasy meets historical fiction book. Set during the Napoleonic wars, the armies both have dragons as their aerial force. Interestingly, having a dragon is not a generally desirable thing among the upper classes. When Laurence, a naval captain and younger son of an English lord, inadvertently acquires a dragon, his life is turned upside down. It was an entertaining read, very creatively written. I will definitely read the next one in the series.
  nittnut | Aug 3, 2015 |
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 |
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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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For Charles, sine qua non
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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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“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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:41 -0400)

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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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