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In this delightful first novel, the opening salvo of a trilogy, Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars. Here be dragons, beasts that can speak and reason, bred for strength and speed and used for aerial support in battle. Each nation has its own breeds, but none are so jealously guarded as the mysterious dragons of China. Veteran Capt. Will Laurence of the British Navy is therefore taken aback after his crew captures an egg from a French ship and it hatches a Chinese dragon, which Laurence names Temeraire. When Temeraire bonds with the captain, the two leave the navy to sign on with His Majesty's sadly understaffed Aerial Corps, which takes on the French in sprawling, detailed battles that Novik renders with admirable attention to 19th-century military tactics. Though the dragons they encounter are often more fully fleshed-out than the stereotypical human characters, the author's palpable love for her subject and a story rich with international, interpersonal and internal struggles more than compensate. (Apr.)
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Published as Temeraire in the U.K., His Majestys Dragon is the first of a planned trilogy (The Throne of Jade and Black Powder War will appear in 2006). Amply praised by SF writers, this original alternate-reality historical SF novel stands fully on its own. Against the convincing backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, Novik limns fantastical battle scenes, creates emotionally astute and appealing characters (dragon included), and provides unique insight into dragons, their abilities, and their breeding combinations. At center stage lies Temeraires and Laurences strong bond, one critics hope Novik will explore in future novels. His Majestys Dragon, notes Fantasy Bookspot, is more than a "worthy choice for those looking for a new series to indulge yourself in for the new year." But youll have to wait: it wont be released until the end of March.
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Except for the main characters - Lawrence and Temeraire - the characters are a bit one-dimensional. That being said, I still enjoyed this book and finished in a day. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Valerie
I greatly enjoyed reading this novel and plan to purchase others in the series. This novel reminded me of the Hornblower novels I read as a child and also the Dragon Riders of Pern... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Barbara L. Porter
This book in many ways reminds me of the Dragonriders of Pern series, by Anne McCaffrey. I found it the same level of excitement, plus a bit more accessible on an emotional level. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Julia in Alpharetta
Captain and Commander meets swashbuckling adventure worthy of Alexandre Dumas but with dragons -- and what dragons they are! Read morePublished 29 days ago by Lannie
Although I thought these stories are very imaginative, the use of the author's language put me off a great deal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Boston girl
Good read. I would definitely recommend it. Do I really need 10 more words come on this should be enough.Published 1 month ago by Chris Geitner
Of course, it helps that I've always been a dragon lover, but I love these books. This is my third reading.Published 1 month ago by dallas
Love this series. Read the first 3 books when they first hit the shelves and decided to re-read them; that is something I rarely ever do. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julie Moran