Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Book Review Club: His Majesty's Dragon

by Naomi Novik

This fascinating book is a combination of fantasy, alternative history (set during the Regency) and military adventure which I just learned from the Steampunk Timeline is called Flintlock Fantasy.

The hero, Will Laurence, is a naval captain would finds an unhatched dragon egg in a French ship he captures. When the dragon hatches, Will is the only he'll let put a harness on him. In one moment, Will's life takes a turn to the weird. He now has to give up his naval career for a lifetime in the dragon Aerial Corps, a rather unconventional rag-tag group without the prestige of the Royal Navy. Will is a perfect Regency hero: brave, honorable and heroic, if a little starchy. The Aerial Corps takes care of that last trait pretty quickly though.

I never thought I'd fall in love with a dragon, but Temeraire is a delight: intelligent, sensitive and utterly charming. In a sense this is a love story between a man and his dragon. Will refers to Temeraire as "my dear" and Temeraire gets very upset when someone tries to separate him from Will. And you really don't want to get Temeraire upset. Trust me on that.

His Majesty's Dragon is the first of a six-book series. I've already read the second book, Throne of Jade, and hope to get to the rest next year. Novik's website has a wiki section where you can find information on The World of Temeraire including information on the Aerial Corps and the various breeds of dragons found in the books.

If you're looking for a fun read, you can't go wrong with this series.


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Alyssa Goodnight said...

I actually bought this book for my niece a few years ago, and she loved it. I'd been wondering if I should give it a shot. It sounds wonderful!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Although I wish I were able to let go long enough to enjoy a book like this, I know I cannot. But I hear the books are good and I adore her husband.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Alyysa, if you like fantasy, I'd say give the book a try.

Patti, it's not one of those super long fantasy novels and it reads really quickly.

Linda McLaughlin said...

I forgot to mention in my review that I bought and read the book on my Kindle.

Sarah Laurence said...

Sounds fun! My favorite dragon series was The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey which was sci fi/fantasy. My brother and I gobbled them up during our teen years although they were written for adults.

Teresa said...

I can't wait for vacation so I can read fun books!!

Barrie said...

Flintlock Fantasy? I'm glad to learn a new phrase! Thank you for reviewing, Linda!

Anonymous said...

Amazon launched two new Kindle e-readers priced at $139 and $189 late Wednesday, with the cheaper version a Wi-Fi-only e-reader and $10 less than the Wi-Fi-only Nook.

David Cranmer said...

The cover, title, and your review all add up to something I would read.

I just learned of steampunk a year ago and am immersed in a couple of books. Now Flintlock Fantasy. That's new to me. Thanks.

Jenn Jilks said...

How quirky a book?! I am intrigued.

Linda McLaughlin said...

David and Jenn, this is the most fun series I've found in a long while. I think pretty much anyone would enjoy it.

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