Naomi Novik's stunning series of novels follow the global adventures of Captain William Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire as they are thrown together to fight for Britain during the turbulent time of the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Will Laurence has been at sea since he was just twelve... show more
Naomi Novik's stunning series of novels follow the global adventures of Captain William Laurence and his fighting dragon Temeraire as they are thrown together to fight for Britain during the turbulent time of the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Will Laurence has been at sea since he was just twelve years old; finding a warmer berth in Nelson's navy than any he enjoyed as the youngest, least important son of Lord Allendale. Rising on merit to captain his own vessel, Laurence has earned himself a beautiful fiancee, society's esteem and a golden future. But the war is not going well. It seems Britain can only wait as Napoleon plans to overrun her shores. After a skirmish with a French ship, Laurence finds himself in charge of a rare cargo: a dragon egg bound for the Emperor himself. Dragons are much prized: properly trained, they can mount a fearsome attack from the skies. One of Laurence's men must take the beast in hand and join the aviators' cause, thus relinquishing all hope of a normal life. But when the newly-hatched dragon ignores the young midshipman Laurence chose as its keeper and decides to imprint itself on the horrified captain instead, Laurence's world falls apart. Gone is his golden future: gone his social standing, and soon his beautiful fiancee, as he is consigned to be the constant companion and trainer of the fighting dragon Temeraire!
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: August 6th 2007
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages no: 342
Edition language: English
Series: Temeraire (#1)
Very enjoyable start to this series. I loved the relationship between Temeraire and Laurence. It was interesting to see how Novik weaves the idea of dragons and the Napoleonic Wars together. The battles were well written. The descriptions of the dragons and English society were also well done. I...
Until early last year when I read and loved Uprooted, also written by Novik, I’d only been mildly interested in reading this series. The synopsis didn’t sound all that interesting to me, and I’d seen mixed reviews for it on my feed. Even after enjoying Uprooted so much, I wasn’t sure if that would...
This has to be the best dragon book since Pern. It starts out on an English navy ship in the time of the Napoleonic wars, only when they capture a French ship, they discover a dragon egg. We get a good feeling of naval protocol from the main character, Captain Laurence, but it becomes an alternative...
His Majesty’s Dragon is the first book in the Temeraire series by author, Naomi Novik. Will Laurence is the successful naval captain of Britain’s HMS Reliance. Laurence comes from well-to-do family, he’s patriotic to the core and he’s got his sights set on getting home to propose marriage. Littl...
The problem with this book is how compulsively readable it is; I have so much angst about not having book three yet - and I'm only a couple pages into book two. I suspect I'll have book two read today and then I'll need, need, book three. And I was talking to someone earlier, who doesn't like fa...