When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain 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 a baptism of fire.
©2006 Naomi Novik; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"Delightful...Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars." (Publishers Weekly)
I love fantasy but this is better than that - more real than made up and very tender in the midst of a gutsy, sometimes violent historical fiction-based story. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Certainly. The writing is superb and the story intriguing. It is the perfect length for a book of this style, and after I finish the series I am sure that I will revisit this first book to remember the endearing and occasionally comical developement of the relationship between Dragon and Aviator. Naomi Novik is the master when it comes to writing about Dragons.
Yes to those who like the fantasy of dragons. The story keeps the imagination going.
Captain Lawrence. He is portaid as a gentleman. A man that would defend the honor of another life.
Yes, very much so. He makes a person believe the characters are alive.
It made me want to continue to find out what happnes next in the story.
I didn't read the print version but with the work that Simon Vance puts into the characters I can't see how the printed version could be any better.
I really enjoyed how the author brought Lawrence's period mannerisms across as genuine and heartfelt and the struggle he goes through with his entrance into the aerial corps having to change how he thinks is engaging.
I like that each character really came to life. He conveyed the feelings of each in the inflections that he used.
Other then wanting to instantly buy the rest so I could listen back-to-back
This is a very cool alternate history that reads as very believable.
I enjoyed this book and the narrator's "proper English accent". The book might have been written for a young audience...perhaps a teenager. The characters were very endearing...I liked it enough to read the next in the series.
If you enjoyed "Master & Commander" or "The Darwath Series", buy this book and continue with the series.
The writing is beautiful without being forced, and the narrator is absolutely perfect in his performance. This story takes place in the Napoleonic era, however it portrays the use of a Dragon force in addition to the Navy and ground forces.
The history is a backdrop to many universal types of questions, not the least being that of the relationship of humans to animals of any intelligence level. It is great for high school or older reader/listeners.
A wonderful and, might I add, fresh story. Very well written, with characters that I took to immediately. As always, a good narrator is crucial to enjoying an audiobook, and I am very pleased to report a fine performance. Simon Vance seems a natural for Lawrence and Temeraire, especially. I am already preparing to download book 2 in this series.
After too many heavy non fictions this book was the perfect remedy. A great page turner flush with enough reality to feel believable and enough fantasy to keep your inner Sci-Fi child smiling.
The name is for my wife, the photo is for the old man.
A good reader, and a well done story. A good alternate history, though not very "deep" in its details, it lacks any annoying inaccuracies. I bought this in the 1st chapter sale, and it was well worth the price. I am buying more books in the series, based on the first book.
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