I’m not a fan of most modern fantasy books, largely due to the fact that their “cookbook” styled stories, with little originality or are just poorly written (ie. R. A. Salvatore). So when I first heard of the premise of “His Majesty’s Dragon,” I wasn’t enthused.
But after a few recommendations, I decided to go to my local Barnes and read the first paragraph. I was sold. Not only is Naomi Novik a phenomenal writer, her style and imaginative world will suck you in… and never let go.
The book is the first of a 4-part series called “Temeraire.” It is set during the Napoleonic wars. There’s one unique catch: there’s dragons. The nations of Europe have Air Forces comprised of dragons, something that has survived since the Roman Ages. A British naval office by chance discovers a rare dragon, captured by the French, and is plunged into this new life as a dragon rider.
The amazing draw of this story is the relationship between Captain Laurence and his dragon, Temeraire. They develop a close bond, something like a man and his dog–but on another level. Temeraire is intelligent and sweet and fiercely devoted to his master.
You learn about this world along with Laurence and Temeraire. Novik’s prose is powerful and description and incredibly “in tune” with the era. Pick up this book and you will soon be searching for the sequels.
My only complaint is that stupid iBooks doesn’t haven’t the series yet!