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His Majesty's Dragon

by Naomi Novik

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Series: Temeraire (1)

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7,0713461,078 (4.06)2 / 629
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.… (more)
  1. 256
    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. 122
    Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (justjukka)
    justjukka: 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. 92
    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. 71
    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. 40
    The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson (infiniteletters)
  6. 40
    Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (elbakerone)
    elbakerone: Another interesting and well written historical fantasy.
  7. 63
    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. 30
    Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley (infiniteletters)
  9. 31
    Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman (notemily)
    notemily: DRAGONS!
  10. 42
    A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (TomWaitsTables)
  11. 10
    Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove (PghDragonMan)
  12. 10
    Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara (leahsimone)
  13. 10
    Lord of the Changing Winds by Rachel Neumeier (noneofthis)
  14. 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....
  15. 22
    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. 00
    The Dragon and the Thief by Gillian Bradshaw (TomWaitsTables)
  17. 00
    Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Croke (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: This is a real life story of a man whose all encompassing relationship with elephants, one in particular, echo that between Laurence and Temeraire.
  18. 01
    Dragon Companion by Don Callander (infiniteletters)
  19. 12
    The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey (FFortuna)
  20. 15
    Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb (KimarieBee)

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Re-imagining of the Napoleonic wars but with dragons. Better than your average dragon book but not a patch on Novik's other books. ( )
  Matt_B | May 23, 2022 |
DNF ( )
  Isabelle_963 | May 19, 2022 |
Absolutely fantastic, right up my alley. The action scenes are incredible and the relationships between the Aviators and their dragons were a treat to read. Breezed through this and will definitely continue with the series. Shouldn't be surprised that Naomi Novik wrote a book I enjoy, I only wish I got to this sooner. ( )
  hskey | Mar 14, 2022 |
Perhaps I'm simply over sensitive but I found this book disturbing. First you have the dragons, who are not human, but definitely sentient. They don't seem to possess any loyalty or ideals related to king and country, they serve out of an almost slavish love for their captains. They are bred, mistreated, held captive, and "broken to harness". Then, with great pain and suffering, the are made to fight for the ideals that their unquestioning captains possess.

I couldn't stomach it. It's sort of if a battle were written from the POV of the cavalry horse, and for me, it bears a parallel to dog-fighting. Found it morally disgusting. ( )
  BrielM | Mar 1, 2022 |
Fun, fast and wholesome (well, wholesome in the sense that it felt comfortable to read, not necessarily the actual plot) dragon fun. I love dragon rider stories, and this is so lovely. ( )
  ashelocke | Nov 30, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Naomi Novikprimary authorall editionscalculated
Harman, DominicCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marquez, GayleIllustratorsecondary 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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Published as "His Majesty's Dragon" in the United States and "Temeraire" in the United Kingdom.
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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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