“It seems very strange that the ocean is full of things that one can eat as one likes, and on land everything seems to be spoken for” – His Majesty’s Dragon

Posted: July 17, 2010 in Books
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Historical fiction meets fantasy, and done well. Can it get any better than that? The first novel in the Temeraire Series of six, His Majesty’s Dragon is pure magic in the printed word.  Naomi Novik has woven such a tale revolving around the Napoleonic war that you can’t help but wonder how this war was actually fought without dragons.  Yes, dragons.  Fighting as a branch of the military. And I want one!

Captain Laurence, an officer in the British Royal Navy, captures a French vessel and finds a dragon egg.  While en-route back to England the egg hatches and the infant dragon, quickly named Temeraire, befriends Captain Laurence; thereby committing Captain Laurence to the unpredictable and roguish life of an aviator, leaving behind the genteel society of a naval officer. 

Being a naval officer, Laurence doesn’t know much about dragons, and so as he learns, so do we as the reader.  And Novik educates us without it being a dry scientific event: sometimes comical, sometimes conversational, and even once in the heat of battle.

I was in love with this novel from the first chapter, and it only got better from there.  Cliché, I know, but I laughed, I cried, and I made two very dear friends. I look forward to reading the second novel in the series, Thorne of Jade.


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