Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the 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 extraordiAerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the 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 their own baptism of fire.
His Majesty s Dragon Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons bred for size or speed When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the
God, I admit, I m one of those douchey fucks that look down on fantasy readers while I sit firmly ensconced in my igloo composed of Star Wars Rogue Squadron and Star Trek The Lost Years books Of course, it d be a book about dragons fighting for the British army against the encroaching Napoleonic forces to get to me to realize DRAGONS ARE FUCKING COOL.Especially dragons with awesome Han Solo type female riders and plucky young girls manning the gunnery and uptight, strong silent type men of good [...]
Buddy read with my wonderful friend, Ashley Hufflepuff Kitten I reckon I m going to be spoilery Once again I m going to say, Why did it take me so long to read this I love finding these little gems that I have had around FOREVER I fell right in love with Temeraire And I love Laurence and his love for Temeraire, he really knew how to take care of his dragon I want one too dang it Laurence was a captain on a Naval ship when they found a French ship with an egg on it Well, of course they took the e [...]
2 7 18 ON SALE for 2.99 amzn 2xJIt5CReviewed by Rabid ReadsThis isn t my first Novik read In fact, the whole reason I finally got on with reading HIS MAJESTY S DRAGON is b c I read and absolutely adored Uprooted But UPROOTED isn t being released until May, so this is the first Novik review I ve posted.Same and not the same, people Same and not the same.Meet Will Laurence Laurence is a Captain in the British Navy He is a perfect gentlemen He is ostentatiously dull And while there is significant c [...]
I wasn t expecting much when I picked up His Majesty s Dragon To tell the truth, if I d seen it in a bookstore, I wouldn t have picked it up But it was recommended to me by a reliable source as a better alternative to Eragon, and it was a historical fantasy set during the Napoleonic Wars I figured I d give it a try I didn t regret it.I don t love this book because Naomi Novik s writing style is equal to that of Tolkien I don t love this book because it s perfect in every way indeed, some of the [...]
4.5 stars This book is so utterly delightful in every way I can t even count how many times it made me smile or laugh, or how it tugged at my heartstrings The bond between Laurence and Temeraire is incomparable I cannot wait to continue on with this series
BR with the BBB gang starting October 9, 2015.This book made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside Yes it did Oh, I know exactly what you re thinking You re thinking, Sarah doesn t do warm and fuzzy, Sarah only does cold hearted cynicism Ha Fooled you right there I ll have you know I do have a heart sometimes and actually enjoy feeling all warm and fuzzy occasionally Besides, it s not like this is me cooing and getting the fuzzies over a bunch of cute babies We re talking about dragons here, people [...]
3.5 starsHis Majesty s Dragonis about a sea captain, who after capturing a French frigate, and seizing a valuable, unhatched dragon egg from the French is brought to an unexpected journey that changes his life forever His Majesty s Dragon is a fantasy, historical fiction novel about the Napoleonic Wars I thought this novel was cute, unique, and creative It was different, and that is one thing I admired about the work Naomi Novik used historical events, and mixed a tamer form of our fantasy drago [...]
Enjoyable take on the Napoleanic War, with intelligent dragons and air wars added to the mix.Review to come.Initial comment 99c Kindle sale, Aug 24, 2017 I ve been wanting to check out this series ever since reading her book Uprooted Here s my chance, and yours
As there are many great reviews for this already that really pinpoint the good and the bad of this book, I shall allow myself a lazy review.Six inch punch by Bruce Lee Six word review by me Here be dragons Read it now.
This is a tough one to review in some ways First, I ve read lots of dragon books , and this is far, far from the best For one thing, I m a physicist and while I m willing to suspend disbelief up to a certain point, the image of dragons capable of carrying anywhere from tens to hundreds of humans at a time plus weapons and armor for distances that again range from tens to hundreds of miles in a day just does not compute Let me count the ways it violates natural law, not just by a little bit but l [...]
Temeraire , a.k.a The Gentleman s Guide to How to Train Your Dragon Dragons Who doesn t love dragons GOT Season 7 is finally bringing theirs into action, and so I decided to read this old 10 years dragon book, which I enjoyed immensely The writing may be a bit dense, but reading about Laurence raising a baby dragon from egg to powerful beast was a lot of fun.The plot is quite simple we re talking about Europe during the 17th century, but dragons are alive and flying and mainly being used as powe [...]
I m amazed at how many people enjoyed this book The premise is fascinating and extremely creative And for that it avoids a single star Otherwise, the characters are bland, there is minuscule character development to speak of, and THERE ARE NO REAL CONFLICTS Every conflict is conveniently tied up with no trade offs This isn t fantasy, it s day dream By far, the most amusing portion of the book is the conversations between Laurence the protagonist and Temeraire the dragon amusing to the sheer ridi [...]
Buddy read with a few peeps at Buddies Books and Baubles starting Oct 9 3.5 I want a baby Dragon starsI read Uprooted this year and it was one of my favorite books of the year so far so I thought I d give another Naomi Novak book a try His Majesty s Dragon is an alternate history where Dragons are present and used in the warfare of the Napoleonic Wars like battleships would be It is a really interesting concept and the writing is almost as good as Uprooted.Laurence has been a navy man and ship c [...]
A very engaging book, I read it in a few hours on a very cold Sunday afternoon evening I didn t want to put it down Historically, it is set about the early 19th century during Napoleon s reign Told from the POV of a British sea captain, but the twist is that dragons are a part of the war effort between the two Our captain hero gets caught up in that part of the war Characterization is very good as is the portrayal of British society military There isn t a lot of military detail, but just enough [...]
pleasantly formal, yet still disposed to the occasionally thrilling episode of draconian escandalo stately, but lush a fun romp into every child s fantasy having a fearsome flying lizard for a best friende this badboy up like it was a bonbon.
Well, after this re read, I don t know what I was smoking when I only gave His Majesty s Dragon 3 stars This is easily one of the best alternate history adventure books I ve read.It s amazing how well Naomi Novik has integrated dragons into the arsenals of the various nations during the Napoleonic wars As there have been plenty of works already written about that time period, including the well known Aubrey Maturin series by Patrick O Brian, it s nice to have a fresh take on these familiar battl [...]
I have to admit I was not expecting much from this series I really love dragons But dragons fighting in a war as a part of the British aerial corps, working together with the British navy to fight off a French invasion led by none other than Napoleon I was convinced it cannot possibly work Except that it does It really does It is different, original, action packed and heart warming all at the same time And it looks or less like this The story will keep you glued to the seat till you reach the e [...]
Quick impromptu reread with Melissa 4 stars and original review stands God I love Temeraire so much 3 Buddy read with the BBB gang Bumped up to a full 4 stars rather than the original 3.5 because I remember it so fondly Temeraire instantly brings Toothless to mindSeriously, if Toothless could talk, he would be Temeraire It s lovely The idea of inserting dragons into a historical context is brilliant and for a first novel this is excellent I found it a bit long winded at times and might have skim [...]
Something neat about the Kindle e book device is that there s a number of free books on it, generally the first book of a series or whatnot That s pretty good So the good thing was, this was free Also, the writing wasn t wretched.Anyway, it s the story of Captain Mary Sue of the Royal Navy who happens to capture a dragon egg from the French right before it hatches, and as luck would have it, the Mary Sue dragon who hatches is totally and completely going to only bond with him Dragons hatch fully [...]
I am a little surprised by how much I liked this The idea of the Napoleonic Wars with dragons seemed like something that could be either very good or very bad, and I ve read enough overwrought fantasy the last little while as well as some very good fantasy that I was a little wary Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Just when you thought Dragons had done it all along comes Naomi s book Dragons fighting in the Napoleonic Wars I was reluctant to read it at first, thinking it would be heavy on the military aspect But when it was nominated for a Compton Crook, I picked it up and was surprised The war is a part of the setting and plot, but the characters are the stars of the show Both Lawrence and his dragon Naomi won the Compton Crook.
I read His Majesty s Dragon when it first came out in 2006 The Eragon craze was in full swing, and everybody but me was raving about the book, it seemed I have had a fascination with dragons ever since I watched Dragonheart which made me cry like a baby Paolini s immature rendition of a draconian plaything made me crave some decent writing A friend recommended the Temeraire series, and it was the biggest favour he s ever done me, then or since Sometimes when I re read books that I read a long ti [...]
An excellent book Imagine if during Napoleon s time nations had an Air Force made up of dragons Laurence is just an unsuspecting naval captain when his ship captures a French ship carrying a dragon s egg Laurence is very surprised when the hatchling picks him As a man bonded to a dragon, he is forced to give up his job and become an aviator He gets to know his dragon, Temeraire, who is very intelligent He gets to know some other aviators, some are even women Some are good, some are bad He even l [...]
4.5 to 5.0 stars Outstanding beginning to what looks like a great series Excellent back story world building making the presence of Dragons in the time of Napoleon seem very realistic As great as that was, what carried the story was the superbly written relationship between Temeraire and Capt Lawrence Highly recommended Nominee Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2007 Winner Locus Award for Best First Novel 2007
Laurence read the final sentence aloud and placed the book down He was tired after a long day of flight training and eager to sleep, but he sensed Temeraire s energy and knew his companion had something to say How did you like the book Laurence asked I enjoyed it Temeraire said I liked the dragons and the people They all felt real and comfortable when we got to know them But perhaps we didn t always get to know them Laurence asked as he closed his eyes and leaned into Tereraire s warm flank Well [...]
I read this book within a day and it was a day where I have been feeling really ill and unwell and this book helped cheer me up I must say, I was a little hesitant to dive into another Naomi Novik book after really not loving Uprooted, but I was very happily surprised by this book and I will certainly carry the series on This story follows a young man called Lawrence who is a Navy Captain He s earned his rank for service to the crown and he s proud of where he s got without much family help One [...]
It took me a long time to get around to reading this, which is a shame, because it s delightful If you like historical fantasy at all, you re almost certain to enjoy this book.Will Laurence is a captain in His Majesty s Navy at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and it looks a lot like the Navy you d see in a Patrick O Brien book all protocol and taking enemy ships for profit until his ship captures a precious dragon egg and Laurence is sent off the Aerial Corps to be captain of the dragon instead [...]
An endearing Dragon Who would have thunk 3.5 stars Perhaps would have enjoyed it better with life less crazy, as it is these days
I really enjoyed this I only took a star off because I felt like there wasn t enough story to it Interestingly, that is sort of how I felt about Uprooted It could certainly be that I am blinded by how brilliantly Naomi writes her characters, that I miss the actual plot I don t know I need to think about it.
Simon Vance to the rescue once again as he saves another book for me that I would have set aside for another time or probably indefinitely Not the book s fault though since it s perfectly fine and well written for a historical fiction It was a case of bad timing when I picked it up, too much going on and not enough time or energy to spare and all that, but I made it through, with a lot of help from the audiobook which was superbly read by Mr Vance, and I really enjoyed it.The story reimagines t [...]