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!
I don't want to spoil the plot, but this book was certainly excellent. The other books (yes, there are more of them) are as descriptive, exciting, and detailed as this one.
The narrator was wonderful at differentiating between the different characters. In the later books, the introduction of different characters causes the repetition of some voices, but the two protagonists' voices stay the same.
Overall, the book was excellent in all respects.
It was a little slow at the beginning, but after a couple of chapters I loved it A whole new dragon and rider series. Novak's alternate world history with dragons as an air force is just wonderful The different dragon breeds are all really neat. Unlike many other books, the specifics of their size and color are very thorough, Most other books say a dragon was as big as a hill.....but hills can be any number of sizes. These dragons are described with exact weights, making it so much easier to visualize something that's eighteen tons is a lot easier than as big as a hill. Each character, from the dragons to their riders, have distinct personalities that leaves one want to know more. The way Simon Vance vocalizes Temeraire is absolutely perfect, and just as impressive is the way he does the same with Lawrence. Bravo for Novak for creating this new and wonderful world.