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His Majesty’s Dragon

May 27, 2009

Product Details

Author: Naomi Novik

Title: His Majesty’s Dragon

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Publication Date: Del Rey Books, 2006

Number of Pages: 384p

Geographical Setting: Locations through out Europe

Time Period: Early Nineteenth Century

Series: Temeraire Series Book 1

Plot Summary: In this adventurous, alternative universe, dragons are tamed by nations of the world as a fighting force, bonding to a handler, at hatching, and trained in the Aerial Corps in the pursuit of warfare. Will Laurence, British Navy captain of the Reliant, experienced in battle, captures a French frigate with a dragon’s egg on board. Dragons are very valuable creatures it turns out, and are used by the Air Force by both sides. Even though England has France outgunned in the way of ships, France is outgunning England 2-1 in the way of fighting dragons. Dragons are intelligent, and are able to talk from the time they hatch, but they will typically bond with just one person, usually one of the first people they see upon hatching. This egg is about to hatch, and it is necessary for one of Laurence’s officers to agree to bond with the dragon: which is a problem, because that will mean leaving the Navy, and for that matter will put great stress on any possible normal human relationships. The Aerial Corps, it seems, is a somewhat raffish and also secretive group. And when the new dragon hatches, he chooses Captain Laurence himself. Laurence and his dragon, Temeraire, are then forced into the world of the Aerial Corps where things are done in a slightly different way than Laurence is used to in the Navy. 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 ploy, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their initiation of battle.

Appeal: Award winning, speculative fiction, meticulous world-building, well-defined, charismatic, understatedly human characters, confident and elegantly polished prose style, emotional depths, gorgeous and inventive battle scenes, intelligent fun, addicting, polished, exciting, adventurous, gilded fantasy, original, entertaining, stylish, witty, engaging, thoughtful, and tense action.

Subject Headings: Great Britain–Officers, Ship Captains, Dragons, Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815, Military Life, Military Tactics, Battles, Partnership, Animal/animal relations, Human-animal communication, Nineteenth century, Alternative histories,

3 terms that Best Describe the Book: tense action, speculative fiction, compelling

Similar Fiction Authors: Alexander Kent, Robin D. Owens, Anne McCaffrey, Patrick Rothfuss, Jack Campbell, Kim Newman, Michael Cassutt,  J. Gregory Keyes , Harry Turtledove, Patrick O’Brian

Authors and titles Non-fiction: Blundering to Glory : Napoleon’s Military Campaigns.  By, Owen Connelly; The disasters of war. By, Francisco Goya; The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the birth of warfare as we know it. By, David Avrom Bell.

Annotation By: Allison Robins