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After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty's Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn — thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master's death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte's implacable army?

Review:

"A splendid series." Anne McCaffrey

Review:

"Naomi Novik has done for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for science fiction: constructed an alternate reality in which dragons are real in a saga that is impressively original, fully developed, and peopled with characters you care about." David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington series

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"A superbly written, character-driven series....Bravos for a most promising new author!" Booklist (Starred Review)

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"A completely authentic tale, brimming with all the detail and richness one looks for in military yarns as well as the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy. (Editor's Choice, Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Enthralling reading — it's like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon's Christopher Paolini." Time Magazine

Review:

"Just when you think you've seen every variation possible on the dragon story, along comes Naomi Novik to prove you wrong. Her wonderful Temeraire is a dragon for the ages and a fitting companion for the brave, steadfast Will Laurence." Terry Brooks, New York Times-bestselling author of the Shannara series

Synopsis:

“ A splendid series.”

– Anne McCaffrey

“ Naomi Novik has done for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for science fiction: constructed an alternate reality in which dragons are real in a saga that is impressively original, fully developed, and peopled with characters you care about.”

– David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington series

After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’ s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn– thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’ s death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte’ s implacable army?

About the Author

An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O'Brian and Jane Austen. She studied English Literature at Brown University and did graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadow of Undrentide. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn working on the game in Edmonton, Canada (accompanied by a truly alarming coat that now lives brooding in the depths of her closet), she realized she preferred the writing to the programming, and on returning to New York decided to try her hand at novels. His Majesty's Dragon is her first.

Novik lives in New York City with her husband and six computers.

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crowyhead, October 23, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This one didn't flow quite so smoothly as the others, I didn't think, and I found a lot of the battle descriptions pretty confusing. But I still enjoyed this hugely, and I'm champing at the bit waiting for the next one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345481306
Author:
Novik, Naomi
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
History
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
Subject:
fantasy;dragons;fiction;alternate history;temeraire;sf;historical;napoleonic wars;historical fantasy;novel;historical fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Temeraire
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.84x4.26x1.11 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345481306 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A splendid series."
"Review" by , "Naomi Novik has done for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for science fiction: constructed an alternate reality in which dragons are real in a saga that is impressively original, fully developed, and peopled with characters you care about."
"Review" by , "A superbly written, character-driven series....Bravos for a most promising new author!"
"Review" by , "A completely authentic tale, brimming with all the detail and richness one looks for in military yarns as well as the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy. (Editor's Choice, Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "Enthralling reading — it's like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon's Christopher Paolini."
"Review" by , "Just when you think you've seen every variation possible on the dragon story, along comes Naomi Novik to prove you wrong. Her wonderful Temeraire is a dragon for the ages and a fitting companion for the brave, steadfast Will Laurence."
"Synopsis" by , “ A splendid series.”

– Anne McCaffrey

“ Naomi Novik has done for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for science fiction: constructed an alternate reality in which dragons are real in a saga that is impressively original, fully developed, and peopled with characters you care about.”

– David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington series

After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’ s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.

Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn– thanks to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’ s death and vows to ally herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have against the massed forces of Bonaparte’ s implacable army?

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