I particularly enjoyed the strong bond developed between Temeraire and Lawrence. Novak seemed absolutely dedicated to building that relationship and she succeeded.
This was an extremely enjoyable book and I look forward to starting the next...in about 5 minutes.
I'm an old fan of Horatio Hornblower and Captain Lord Ramage, so I couldn't resist at least taking a peak at seeing a new twist on the old Napoleonic naval warfare genre. His Majesty's Dragon doesn't disappoint in that regard. For one thing, Captain Lawrence is an excellent blend of my old favorites - all Ramage's refinement and noblesse oblige mixed with all Hornblower's dour and yet occasionally quixotic temperament. Accidentally plucking a naval captain from the deck of his ship and sticking him with a dragon is a delightful premise and re-imagining the time period with the inclusion of dragons and aerial combat is great fun.
This is the first of the series but reads well as a stand-alone.
Naomi Novik has built a most intricate, thoughtful, visually breathtaking alternate Earth timeline with dragons, while respecting current historical views of Napolean, Native Americans, The English colonizing mindset, Chinese and Japanese isolation, dragons playing the role of western clipper ships, and so on. All novels in this series dovetail to a mm. Central prig cum scoundrel hero, Will, his name a palimsest, is a quixotic Oedipus. Simon Vance is an always superb narrator, any text, any genre; think Alec Guinness from 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' to Obi-wan Kenobi.
Every character and setting comes alive. Every plot turn suprises you and every dragon battle is intense. I am trying not to spoil anything. Just read it.
Its the most engrossing book and book series I have read since I was a child.
Its like the pringles of books. You just can't pick one.
Yes but I won't spoil it.
Read this book and series.
heard about this from a friend and was very glad he told me, as I really loved this book!
I really love all the details that's being described and it really helps you engage in the story and see it all before your very eyes!
I want more! :D
I am so happy! I have been needing a good Dragon series, and you can only reread the Anne McCaffrey books so many times. I love the twist of setting it in Napoleonic Europe, with dragons seamlessly built in. Very believable, wonderfully executed. Please, oh please, let the second be as good!