His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

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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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About Naomi Novik

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NAOMI NOVIK received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the 2007 World Science Fiction Convention. An avid reader of fantasy literature, Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O'Brian and Jane Austen. In 2011 she published her first graphic novel, Will Supervillains Be on the Final? She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY
Published March 28, 2006 by Del Rey. 384 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(The intellectual level of dragons varies, however, and this will be a component of the story.) The dragon, who is named Temeraire, will have no other rider: and thus begins Laurence's transformation from sea captain to a captain in the uncertain and ethereal world of England's Aerial Corps.

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His Majesty’s Dragon is straight fantasy, no romance whatsoever, but it does have, at its heart, a very lovely and emotionally rich relationship between a man and his newly hatched dragon.

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How the dragon reacts to the situation and the protocols of the service, from being anxious to participate in battle to finding out what his dragon powers might be.

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Naomi Novik Website ISFDB Bibliography I cannot seem to begin this review without gushing -- I've tried it a half-dozen different ways, and it always comes down to this: Naomi Novik is one of those authors whose books, on the strength of Temeraire, I will be buying on sight from now on as...

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Happily, His Majesty's Dragon is populated with fascinating characters of all moralities and personalities, from the adorably pathetic dragon Levitas to the fiercely blunt Captain Jane Roland and the justifiably resentful Lieutenant Granby.

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Naomi Novik Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Throne of Jade and Black Powder War SF Site Review: His Majesty's Dragon SF Site Review: Temeraire / His Majesty's Dragon Naomi Novik's first novel begins a series of novels, of which the first three have actually already been publi...

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Dragons have been a part of fantastic fiction, and indeed stories in general, since people have been telling stories.

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SF Signal

You might even stretch to call it a sci-fi book if you assume the science fiction is that dragons exist in the real world.

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All Things Urban Fantasy

A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS read like completely mainstream historical fiction, but with dragons.

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not in regards to agreeing with some of the comparisons being thrown about in the continued tradition of fly-by-night blurbs, but in terms of the bottom line, which is simply His Majesty’s Dragon is a more than worthy choice for those looking for a new series to indulge yourself in for the new ye...

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SBY Teens

Some of the quieter moments when the ways of the human world are being explained to the very young Temeraire or discussions on how dragons grow might turn out dull under another author’s pen Novik handles quite skillfully and should keep most readers intrigued.

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