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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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Although I thought these stories are very imaginative, the use of the author's language put me off a great deal. Read morePublished 1 day 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 8 days 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 16 days 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 18 days ago by Julie Moran
Similar to the book: "Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrel", swapping English magic for dragons and written in a a more straight forward and shorter action style.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this because I loved Naomi Novik's book, Uprooted. This was not as good as Uprooted - not as gripping a story line, but it was fun to read. Read morePublished 24 days ago by RBM
I enjoyed reading this enough to purchase the second book in the series, and I am enjoying that as well. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Maya A.
Amazing book by an amazing author... Love the series and this book. Who can't fall in love with Temeraire and his dragons. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Alexandra
Temeraire is one of the best dragons to ever be created and put on paper! This is one of my favorite series; highly detailed, well written, and subtleties and battles.Published 29 days ago by Susan Merritt