The idea of inserting dragons into a historical context is brilliant and for a first novel this is excellent. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Dragons hatch f Something neat about the Kindle e-book device is that there's a number of free books on it, generally the first book of a series or whatnot. And while there is significant character growth throughout the book, it is completely in regards to the small-mindedness that comes with his gentleman status, having no impact whatsoever on the dull, dull, dullness of his disposition. I find it difficult to describe how delightful I found this book.
I can only recommend the Temeraire Series to everyone who loves dragon-fantasy books as well as historical fiction. Temeraire and Laurence realise that they are surely beaten, but resolve to try until the battle is lost. Then eventually, through Artificial Selection, humans started breeding between different types of dragons to give certain attributes to the next generation, such as fire, acid, intelligence, etc. I want one too dang it. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works. The concept of dragons being crewed like naval ships and used similarly in battle will apeall fans of both Fantasy and Historical fiction.
There could hardly be any doubt as to its nature, though he could not say for sure from his own experience. Napoleon doesn't even make an appearance during the first book - it's just the British Aerial Corps versus the French Armee de l'Air. Her fight scenes aren't one-on-one affairs, they're all-out aerial battles fought with crew members dangling precariously from leather harnesses, forced to make the best of inaccurate rifles. This doesn't affect my recommendation of this one, though. This improbable mix of dragons, Napoleonic wars and light social satire works because Novik is a fantastic writer.
The writing style is wonderful! It really interferes in my ability to enjoy the story if I have to keep readjusting the picture in my head. And for that it avoids a single star. This not only comes as a surprise Temeraire and Laurence, but it causes confusion in the French ranks, and the British manage to repel them. The historical aspects of the story are well done and really immerse you in the time period, save for the part where there were dragons involved and both England and France used them like fighter jets, intelligent fighter jets with personalities and quirks. It was different than I expected as Dragons are pretty sentient and can speak right out of the shell.
I was mesmerised by the depth of the story, which addresses topics such as the conflict of social classes, the real military and cultural struggle between the British and French system as well as the highly esteemed Royal Navy itself. 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. I don't love this book because it's perfect in every way - indeed, some I wasn't expecting much when I picked up His Majesty's Dragon. Even the economics of dragons doesn't really compute -- at a good sized piece of livestock a day, dragons are remarkably expensive to feed a cow takes months to years to grow and can feed a lot of humans. Laurence read the final sentence aloud and placed the book down.
I listened to the other two in the series and they were great. If you're the kind of person who isn't entirely comfortable with the slightly long-winded modes of speech of Georgian and Regency England, you may find some parts of the story hard going, but if you persist, it's totally worth it. That means dragons being used as ships, with a full crew riding them! Well, there was this one ole bastard named Rankin and he treated his little dragon Levitas horribly! The first amazement passing, he tentatively reached out and touched the surface, very cautiously: it was smooth and hard to the touch. His Majesty's Dragon is great. You can read why I came to this decision. I thought this novel was cute, unique, and creative. I have never had so much fun.
I don't love this book because Naomi Novik's writing style is equal to that of Tolkien. Temeraire is also entertaining, breaking the typical dragon-companion mold he likes books, for instance , and he manages not to come across as a animal-companion wish-fulfillment fantasy, which is rare in this sort of book. Pollitt came down into the hold in his awkward way, clinging to the ladder edges with both hands and leaving bloody prints upon it; he was no kind of a sailor, having become a naval surgeon only at the late age of thirty, after some unspecified disappointments on land. Why can't there be more? The villain was stand-up knock-out stupendous, but the pacing was not perfect and the second half of the novel suffered for it. When it came out I was in the middle of college and the last thing I wanted to do was put down one text book and pick up another even if the new one had dragons.
I read Uprooted first and loved it, and now I'm starting in on this series which has a completely different feel, but seems well written, too. Read this book only if you want pure, saccharine fluff. Laurence stepped closer and gazed down at the egg. The writing-style is also pretty old-fashioned. The premise of the novel is an alternate reality where Dragons are real and are used as an important battle tool during the war. How much is there to a dragon flying? Having one rider on a dragon is like putting one passenger on a plane that could potentially carry fifty.
Attention to detail and the dialogue between Laurence and Temeraire are beautifully written, and I look forward to the other two books in this trilogy. My Maximus has been muttering all morning about wanting a bath, and his harness removed; absurd stuff. The war between Britain and France is being fought, with dragons in the fray. Many of them lay dead or dying upon the deck; he shook his head at the waste and eyed the French captain with disapproval: the man should never have offered battle. For the love of all that's holy, I want a talking dragon! He is a perfect gentlemen. Novik dedicates a large chunk of the book to the training of Laurence and Temeraire in the Dragon Corps.
I was convinced it cannot possibly work. Now I know why it reads like fanfiction. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. By far, the most amusing portion of the book is the conversations between Laurence the protagonist and Temeraire the dragon -amusing to the sheer ridiculousness of its romantic triteness. With the cessation of hostilities, the remaining Frenchmen were all virtually dropping where they stood; Laurence noticed that there were fewer of them than he would have expected for a frigate of thirty-six guns, and that they looked ill and hollow-cheeked. It is different, original, action packed and heart-warming all at the same time.