Ms. Novik is truly a treasure when it comes to research, execution, and putting together a well thought out and well-run story. That being said, this book simply lacked enough conflict to make it TERRIBLY interesting. Most conflict was prettty instantly resolved, and there was never very much of that suspenseful feeling you sometimes allow to inhabit you when reading. Don't get me wrong; I really enjoyed my time listening to this book, and Mr. Vance is a decent narrator. I would definitely recommend that you listen to this. Still, I do think that there are some elements of storytelling and "gripping your reader" that I missed out on in this novel. Naomi lead you on a delightful journey of discovery, but not so much plot.
Slow to start, but rapid paced after the beginning, you'll cry and love the relationship between man and Dragon.
Terrific read. Had me engaged all the way through. Powerful relationships carry the story. Will be recommending it to my friends and family.
Naomi Novik Writes a Grand adventure with Dragons. Simon Vance is top notch narrator bring the story to life with words! I highly recommend to anyone who likes SF/F with Dragons! Did I say yet. This Book has dragons!
I read Uprooted and was greedy for more works by this writer. I was pleased to see that she had a whole series of books to begin. I stated with this one because it was first. Honestly, I expected it to be great and it was. I actually read all of the Horatio Hornblower series and this book seems like that only with dragons instead of ships. And the dragons, I mean I want a pet one now. It was an absolute delight. It is fantasy but reads like general fiction. I can't wait to read the rest of these novels.
This was an amazing "read". The story was engaging and the reader added a lot to the colonial era British Dialect being used in the story. The history that is referenced in the story is quite accurate, although obviously adjusted to include dragons. This is one of the only books I've read that combined intellectual stimulation with a storyline that never had any boring parts. Fantastic!