George V. Reilly

Review: His Majesty's Dragon

His Majesty's Dragon
Title: His Majesty’s Dragon
Author: Naomi Novik
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Del Rey
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 384
Keywords: fantasy, alternate history
Reading period: 26 July, 2010

The first in the Temeraire series.

Capt. Will Laurence of the Royal Navy captures one of Napoleon’s ships. It’s carrying a dragon egg, from which the dragon Temeraire promptly hatches and bonds with Laurence. Laurence must leave the Navy and become an aviator in the socially un­de­sir­able Royal Aerial Corps, where he and Temeraire will fight against Napoleon’s dragons.

This is a delightful cross between the Napoleonic seafaring of the Aubrey-Maturin novels and Drag­onrid­ers of Pern, with a little bit of Hogwarts for dragons thrown in. Temeraire is a precocious and in­tel­lec­tu­al­ly curious dragon of ex­cep­tion­al abilities, who charms not only the readers but most of those he meets.

I’m looking forward to reading the next few books in the series.

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