Book Review: His Majesty’s Dragon by Novik (4 Stars)

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

4 out of 5 stars

Read in November 2008

Why do I love tales of adventure on the high seas? Is it because I’ve always lived in Kansas, thousands of miles away from the ocean? And the icing on the cake? Dragons!

We meet Captain Laurence as he’s defeated and captured the French ship Amerit√©. Within its hold is a peculiar and very precious cargo, which Captain Laurence transfers immediately to his ship, the HMS Reliant. The Reliant‘s surgeon confirms the cargo is a dragon egg. Due to the recent stormy weather, which blew the French ship off course, the egg is hardened to the point of imminent hatching. Captain Laurence gathers his officers to discuss their options. The dragon egg is too great a prize for England to let the hatchling turn feral, so Laurence has his officers draw straws to present one of them as a handler for the dragon. However, the dragon, once hatched, has other ideas and refuses everyone … except Laurence. Laurence names the dragon Temeraire and their adventure begins.

Laurence immediately resigns or transfers his commission as Captain to his second lieutenant and spends the time on the return voyage to England in caring for Temeraire. Once they arrive in England, Laurence and Temeraire are transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal Air Corps to being their training immediately. England may dominate the oceans with her Navy, the Napoleon waits across the channel with 100,000 men and his own dragons, waiting for the perfect opportunity to invade.

Naomi Novik does a fantastic job of drawing me into the early 19th century. She weaves the existence of dragons and their military applications into our history flawlessly and believably. I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

Friday (May 3, 2013) Steal:  Ebook edition on sale for 99 cents!

6 thoughts on “Book Review: His Majesty’s Dragon by Novik (4 Stars)”

  1. Even though I bought the rest of the series (and still have the books taking up space on my physical book shelves), I never returned and read the rest of them. Someday …

  2. Do you review a book if you can’t push yourself to finish it?

    I’ve been trying to push through a book for several weeks. I want to finish the story, but the tale is not engaging enough and other, more promising books wait on my shelf.

  3. In the past, I didn’t review books I couldn’t finished and I would move them from my currently-reading shelf to an abandoned shelf at GoodReads. Very recently, I decided to write short reviews explaining why I gave up and also created a DNF rating (for Did Not Finish) here at my blog. Search for ‘Touchstone’ to see an example.

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