His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1), by Naomi Novik
Publish Date: March 28, 2006
Published by: Del Rey
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
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 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.
Despite this book being a little slow in terms of action, I found myself quite enjoying it. Novik’s descriptions and dialogue put the setting right in its time period, and the characterizations were superb. And when there was action, it was engaging and suspenseful to read. Although it could get tedious at times, I was still interested in the goings on, mostly because I absolutely loved Temeraire and his relationship with Laurence. I found myself picking this book up more often than I did the other books I was reading, and am certainly going to be continuing this series.
Beat the Backlist 2018 | Books Completed Toward Goal: 10/20