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)
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!
Dragons done differently.
This is a different take on the Dragon rider type fantastic. You dont have magic and you dont have telepathic dragons which is a fresh change.
If your buying this book on audible, Buy the one with Simon Vance as the Narrator. I purchased the one narrated by the other guy and it was just bad. Simon is top notch and would not mind him narrating other books that I like.
Their is a good balance of humor and serious.
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.
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