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ISBN13: 9780345481283
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emmejo, September 6, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
When the British ship HMS Reliant captures a French ship they are shocked to find a dragon egg on board. Their shock quickly becomes worry when they realize that the egg will hatch before long and the hatchling will have to be bonded with a human. When the egg hatches it chooses Captain Will Laurence. Laurence never had any intension of leaving the navy, but he must in order to train his new charge, newly named Temeraire, who is quickly turning into more then a handful.

A brilliant alternate history story. The Napoleonic Wars with dragons. I love that the dragons are just as intelligent as people and are really wonderful characters. I love that Temeraire is a bookworm and fond of learning all sorts of new things. The plot is interesting, full of great people and dragons. The author writes so clearly that you feel as if you among the dragons and their masters, learning along with them. Highly recommended to fans of fantasy or historical fiction!
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Mary Moore, August 2, 2007 (view all comments by Mary Moore)
I'm trying to remember the last time I stumbled over such a good, old-fashioned page turner. Engaging characters, crisp dialog, and a wonderful mix of character moments and fast paced action. And without a hint of preaching, there's a fascinating, running subplot about what roles dragons should play in society.

Novik's dragon are more human than many other books human characters with wit, charm, and humor.
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Bill, March 4, 2007 (view all comments by Bill)
Inventive variation of the dragon genre. Temeraire has the gift of speech, a fighting spirit, and a curious mind. Great start of a wonderful series.
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Kirsten, August 17, 2006 (view all comments by Kirsten)
Oh, this was just so much fun! I can't remember the last time I got so much pure entertainment from a new, untried author. This is set during the Napoleonic Wars, in an alternate history where humans and dragons have always coexisted. Captain Will Laurence of His Majesty's Navy captures a French ship carrying a dragon egg -- an excellent prize, since Britain is in need of dragons to flesh out its air force. It becomes problematic, however, when the egg hatches and Laurence is the only master the dragon Temeraire will accept, thus removing Laurence from a comfortable career in the Navy and thrusting him into the hard life of an aviator. There are compensations, however, namely the companionship of Temeraire, who is fiercely loyal, extremely intelligent, and exceedingly curious...

I picked this up on a Saturday, and a week later had voraciously devoured not only His Majesty's Dragon, but the two other books in the series as well.
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ISBN:
9780345481283
Author:
Novik, Naomi
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Subject:
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Copyright:
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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