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Temeraire (Temeraire series book 1) by Naomi…

Temeraire (Temeraire series book 1) (edition 2006)

by Naomi Novik

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Title:Temeraire (Temeraire series book 1)
Authors:Naomi Novik
Info:Voyager (2006), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 448 pages
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His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

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    lorax: The Napoleonic Wars, just with no dragons. Better-written than Hornblower and with much stronger characterization.
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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.
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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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    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)
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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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    elbakerone: Another interesting and well written historical fantasy.
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    carlyrose: A bit lighter and for perhaps a younger audience, but also an alternate history dealing with the Napoleonic Wars.
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A cute and enjoyable historical fantasy book set during the Napoleonic Wars where dragons are common tools in the fight. The story follows a man who stumbles upon a rare dragon egg and focuses on his bond with the dragon. The dragon can speak and a lot of the book is him trying to understand the human world and culture. It's a nice spin on exploring a society and the dragon is often adorable. The first book of the series centers on a lot of world building to understand the hierarchy of soldier and dragons, the war, and the bond between William and Temeraire. It is fun and an easy read. ( )
  renbedell | Oct 21, 2018 |
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  lhofer | Sep 26, 2018 |
I loved Uprooted, it might have been my favourite book that year. But this earlier novel failed to engage me, and I stopped halfway through. I know it has a huge fanbase, so there's every chance another reader we find it delightful--but it likely hit on too many elements that aren't my cup of tea (battles, pets that aren't really pets, military life), and I realised I didn't give two hoots about any of the characters, so that's that for that--life's too short. But she's a terrific writer--given a different subject, there's every chance I will love her again. Meanwhile I can reread Uprooted!

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this book by Naomi Novik. It is very much a fantasy series that follows a main character and his military endeavors but a captain of a dragon rather than an army of soldiers (or at least what we'd imagine as the 'typical' military situation). I found myself loving Temeraire no differently than any other character in a book with a beloved animal companion. I started to read through the second one but never picked it back up. I'd like to revisit this series again and work my way through it a bit further. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Aug 1, 2018 |
This is the first book in the Temeraire series, there are nine books in this series. I really enjoyed this book a lot. I loved the dragons and the characters and the alternate history in here. The book was very well written and incredibly fun as well.

I listened to this on audiobook and really enjoyed Vance’s narration. He does a great job with character narration and voices. I would definitely recommend listening to this on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.

This book has a lot of action but what really makes the story are the characters of Laurence and Temeraire. Laurence is such a respectable sea captain and harnessing Temeraire changes everything about his life. However, I love how Laurence takes everything in stead and does his best for Temeraire. I absolutely adored Temeraire, he’s just such a lovable dragon. Temeraire is intelligent, sensitive, and just amazing. Temeraire really made the book for me.

The side characters are well done also. Additionally, the alternate history setting was very interesting. We get a good look at this alternate world and the wars that drive it. Most of the book focuses on Temeraire and Laurence and their training, but they do get drawn into combat as well.

The story ends at a good point but hints at more interesting plot elements to come. This is a book I am considering reading with my middle schooler. There is a small part where Laurence has to explain the concept of whores to Temeraire but aside from that it is a read that is pretty friendly to pre-teens and older.

Overall an amazing story that I really enjoyed a lot. I loved the characters and the alternate history setting. I would recommend to those who enjoy fantasies about dragons in historical settings. I definitely plan on continuing the series. ( )
  krau0098 | Jul 7, 2018 |
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Marquez, GayleIllustratorsecondary 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.
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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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