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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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Captain Will Laurence is an up-and-coming naval captain who, at the opening of Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon has just captured a French ship in one of the many naval skirmishes of the Napoleonic Wars. British naval superiority was respected around the world, so the victory was no surprise. The cargo, though, was a whole other story.

The French have a dragon egg, one that is just about to crack open. Laurence has all officers draw lots, including himself, for the dubious honor of becoming the dragon handler. It is not something these sailors would seek as dragon handlers are very much cut off from normal society. When the dragon hatches, he has no interest in the sailor who drew the bad lot and instead introduces himself to Laurence who is duty bound to become the dragon's handler, thereby losing his ship and his naval career.

While he regrets the loss, he soon comes to love the dragon whom he named Temeraire whom he named after a famous ship. They develop a strong friendship and are soon off to learn how to fly in formation with other dragons preparing to defend England from the invading forces of Napoleon.

This is a fun, inventive alternative history, one that is rooted in the Napoleonic Wars and its great battles, but with dragons, talking dragons. What could be more delightful?

4pawsI enjoyed this book very much and will be checking out the next two volumes in the Temeraire series as soon as I can. Novik is an excellent writer of fantasy fiction. So many fantasy writers dream up this alternative world and then dump it all like an encyclopedia in long exposition. Novik trusts the reader to figure it out, letting readers learn as the characters learn. I love that. There's some humor and lots of adventure. The focus of the story, though, is on Laurence and Temeraire's training and their close friendship.Captain Will Laurence is an up-and-coming naval captain who, at the opening of Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon has just captured a French ship in one of the many naval skirmishes of the Napoleonic Wars. British naval superiority was respected around the world, so the victory was no surprise. The cargo, though, was a whole other story.

The French have a dragon egg, one that is just about to crack open. Laurence has all officers draw lots, including himself, for the dubious honor of becoming the dragon handler. It is not something these sailors would seek as dragon handlers are very much cut off from normal society. When the dragon hatches, he has no interest in the sailor who drew the bad lot and instead introduces himself to Laurence who is duty bound to become the dragon's handler, thereby losing his ship and his naval career.

While he regrets the loss, he soon comes to love the dragon whom he named Temeraire whom he named after a famous ship. They develop a strong friendship and are soon off to learn how to fly in formation with other dragons preparing to defend England from the invading forces of Napoleon.

This is a fun, inventive alternative history, one that is rooted in the Napoleonic Wars and its great battles, but with dragons, talking dragons. What could be more delightful?

I enjoyed this book very much and will be checking out the next two volumes in the Temeraire series as soon as I can. Novik is an excellent writer of fantasy fiction. So many fantasy writers dream up this alternative world and then dump it all like an encyclopedia in long exposition. Novik trusts the reader to figure it out, letting readers learn as the characters learn. I love that. There's some humor and lots of adventure. The focus of the story, though, is on Laurence and Temeraire's training and their close friendship.Captain Will Laurence is an up-and-coming naval captain who, at the opening of Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon has just captured a French ship in one of the many naval skirmishes of the Napoleonic Wars. British naval superiority was respected around the world, so the victory was no surprise. The cargo, though, was a whole other story.

The French have a dragon egg, one that is just about to crack open. Laurence has all officers draw lots, including himself, for the dubious honor of becoming the dragon handler. It is not something these sailors would seek as dragon handlers are very much cut off from normal society. When the dragon hatches, he has no interest in the sailor who drew the bad lot and instead introduces himself to Laurence who is duty bound to become the dragon's handler, thereby losing his ship and his naval career.

While he regrets the loss, he soon comes to love the dragon whom he named Temeraire whom he named after a famous ship. They develop a strong friendship and are soon off to learn how to fly in formation with other dragons preparing to defend England from the invading forces of Napoleon.

This is a fun, inventive alternative history, one that is rooted in the Napoleonic Wars and its great battles, but with dragons, talking dragons. What could be more delightful?

4pawsI enjoyed this book very much and will be checking out the next two volumes in the Temeraire series as soon as I can. Novik is an excellent writer of fantasy fiction. So many fantasy writers dream up this alternative world and then dump it all like an encyclopedia in long exposition. Novik trusts the reader to figure it out, letting readers learn as the characters learn. I love that. There's some humor and lots of adventure. The focus of the story, though, is on Laurence and Temeraire's training and their close friendship.Captain Will Laurence is an up-and-coming naval captain who, at the opening of Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon has just captured a French ship in one of the many naval skirmishes of the Napoleonic Wars. British naval superiority was respected around the world, so the victory was no surprise. The cargo, though, was a whole other story.

The French have a dragon egg, one that is just about to crack open. Laurence has all officers draw lots, including himself, for the dubious honor of becoming the dragon handler. It is not something these sailors would seek as dragon handlers are very much cut off from normal society. When the dragon hatches, he has no interest in the sailor who drew the bad lot and instead introduces himself to Laurence who is duty bound to become the dragon's handler, thereby losing his ship and his naval career.

While he regrets the loss, he soon comes to love the dragon whom he named Temeraire whom he named after a famous ship. They develop a strong friendship and are soon off to learn how to fly in formation with other dragons preparing to defend England from the invading forces of Napoleon.

This is a fun, inventive alternative history, one that is rooted in the Napoleonic Wars and its great battles, but with dragons, talking dragons. What could be more delightful?

I enjoyed this book very much and will be checking out the next two volumes in the Temeraire series as soon as I can. Novik is an excellent writer of fantasy fiction. So many fantasy writers dream up this alternative world and then dump it all like an encyclopedia in long exposition. Novik trusts the reader to figure it out, letting readers learn as the characters learn. I love that. There's some humor and lots of adventure. The focus of the story, though, is on Laurence and Temeraire's training and their close friendship. ( )
  Tonstant.Weader | Mar 19, 2016 |
Very enjoyable

As other reviews note, sort of Horatio Hornblower on a Dragon of Pern. Very well done with likeable characters I found very engaging and grew attached to, along with satisfying villains. Glad there are more books in this series, looking forward to reading more. ( )
  csmith0406 | Mar 18, 2016 |
So this series isn't intellectual by any means, but for whatever reason I can't stop reading. It is for dragons what the Sookie Stackhouse series is to vampires -- fun and inexplicably addictive reading. At least there's a bit of value in the historical setting; Napoleon, Admiral Nelson, Wilberforce, etc., all make appearances in the series. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
It's the Napoleanic Wars and both sides have the added weapon of dragons. Fun story. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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 |
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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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