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Malory, November 7, 2014 (view all comments by Malory)
When this was originally pitched to me, someone said it was the Napoleonic Wars with dragons. It's so much more than that. Both Temeraire, the dragon, and his companion are funny, charming characters set within those times. A great start to the series.
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akito_fan, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by akito_fan)
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is a fresh and engaging take on dragons, and the writing is so well done, it makes you believe these events actually happened!
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wurdnurd, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
I finally started reading this series this year, and am absolutely in LOVE with Temeraire and Laurence. They are the perfect odd couple, both are intelligent and well-spoken, but Temeraire has that childlike insolence that contrasts beautifully against Laurence's British rigidity. A perfect read for history buffs and fantasy fanatics alike!
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Brie Gyncild, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Brie Gyncild)
I enjoyed every word of this book, and came out of it jealously wanting a dragon for my own companion. Novik has vividly rewritten history, imagining the Napoleonic wars with dragons in the military. But she's done more than reimagine the wars - through this book and the ones that follow, she creates a rich, full dragon culture and dragon history - and of course, both culture and history vary among geographical regions.
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Garrett Fitzgerald, March 31, 2010 (view all comments by Garrett Fitzgerald)
Since I was into Anne McCaffrey when I was younger, and into Patrick O'Brien more recently, there was no way I was going to pass this one up. :-) Novik puts a fair degree of science behind her dragons, rather than McCaffrey's they-fly-because-they think-they-can attitude. The characters have realistic conflicts with each other, and when they work them out (or don't), I never got a deus-ex-machina feeling about it.
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ISBN:
9780345481283
Author:
Novik, Naomi
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
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Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
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Subject:
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Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Temeraire
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
March 28, 2006
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.9 x 4.2 x 1 in 0.4063 lb

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Product details 384 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345481283 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this delightful first novel, the opening salvo of a trilogy, Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars. Here be dragons, beasts that can speak and reason, bred for strength and speed and used for aerial support in battle. Each nation has its own breeds, but none are so jealously guarded as the mysterious dragons of China. Veteran Capt. Will Laurence of the British Navy is therefore taken aback after his crew captures an egg from a French ship and it hatches a Chinese dragon, which Laurence names Temeraire. When Temeraire bonds with the captain, the two leave the navy to sign on with His Majesty's sadly understaffed Aerial Corps, which takes on the French in sprawling, detailed battles that Novik renders with admirable attention to 19th-century military tactics. Though the dragons they encounter are often more fully fleshed-out than the stereotypical human characters, the author's palpable love for her subject and a story rich with international, interpersonal and internal struggles more than compensate." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this delightful first novel, the opening salvo of a trilogy, Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars. Here be dragons, beasts that can speak and reason, bred for strength and speed and used for aerial support in battle. Each nation has its own breeds, but none are so jealously guarded as the mysterious dragons of China. Veteran Capt. Will Laurence of the British Navy is therefore taken aback after his crew captures an egg from a French ship and it hatches a Chinese dragon, which Laurence names Temeraire. When Temeraire bonds with the captain, the two leave the navy to sign on with His Majesty's sadly understaffed Aerial Corps, which takes on the French in sprawling, detailed battles that Novik renders with admirable attention to 19th-century military tactics. Though the dragons they encounter are often more fully fleshed-out than the stereotypical human characters, the author's palpable love for her subject and a story rich with international, interpersonal and internal struggles more than compensate." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] superbly written, character-driven series....[W]hat keeps one turning the pages is the urge to find out what happens next to Captain Laurence and Temeraire, characters who win one's heart from the beginning. Bravos for a most promising new author!"
"Review" by , "What could've easily been a D&D-inspired mess is, in Naomi Novik's hands, 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. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "It's an amazing performance, the first of three books to be published one a month through May. I only hope Novik's prodigious energy and imagination hold up. I know of one ghostly literary presence looking down with a hopeful smile."
"Review" by , "[A] terrifically entertaining fantasy novel. Is it hard to imagine a cross between Susanna Clarke, of [Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell] fame, and the late Patrick O'Brian? Not if you've read this wonderful, arresting novel."
"Review" by , "Enthralling reading — it's like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon's Christopher Paolini."
"Review" by , "The action sequences are terrific, the characters enormously appealing, the style accomplished and ironic, and the promise of future volumes quite inviting."
"Review" by , "A splendid series. Not only is it a new way to utilize dragons, it's a very clever one and fits neatly into the historical niche this author has used."
"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 , This first adventure of a new fantasy series introduces the remarkable dragon Temeraire and his heroic captain, Will Laurence, who are thrust into the world of the Aerial Corps, offering aerial support to the British during the Napoleonic Wars. Original.
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