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Publisher Comments:

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain's defense by taking to the skies...not aboard aircraft, but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. 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.

Review:

"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:

"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:

"[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!" Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"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)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"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." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"[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." Stephen King

Review:

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

Review:

"The action sequences are terrific, the characters enormously appealing, the style accomplished and ironic, and the promise of future volumes quite inviting." Locus

Review:

"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." Anne McCaffrey, New York Times-bestselling author of the Pern series

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:

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.

Synopsis:

When the HMS Reliant captures a French ship and its priceless cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, Captain Will Laurence is swept into an unexpected kinship with an extraordinary creature and joins the elite Aerial Corps as a master of the dragon Temaraire, in which role he must match wits with the powerful dragon-borne forces of Napoleon Bonaparte. Original.

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 spent 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 writing to programming, and on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels.

Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers. Her website and LiveJournal? are at www.temeraire.org.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345490728
Publisher:
Del Rey
Subject:
Fiction-Fantasy - Historical
Author:
Novik, Naomi
Author:
Naomi Novik
Subject:
Fiction : Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Fiction : Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Dragons
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Audio Books-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Fantasy-roman.
Publication Date:
20060328
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
356

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Product details 356 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780345490728 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.
"Synopsis" by , When the HMS Reliant captures a French ship and its priceless cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, Captain Will Laurence is swept into an unexpected kinship with an extraordinary creature and joins the elite Aerial Corps as a master of the dragon Temaraire, in which role he must match wits with the powerful dragon-borne forces of Napoleon Bonaparte. Original.
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