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His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
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Oct 01, 2010

really liked it

This book, first in a series (aren’t they all these days?) is not a fantasy as much as an alternate-reality historical novel. The only magic you must accept is that dragons exist, that they are intelligent and they make the ultimate air weapons in the Napoleonic Wars, the era in which the story is set. I immediately liked Temeraire, a dragon with sensitivity, class and intelligence. His handler and pilot is Captain Laurance, who as a British Navy captain, captured the dragon egg in a battle with a French ship. Temeraire proves to be a very rare and special dragon, a Chinese Celestial. The plot, while not complicated, gives some insight into the real history of the wars with Napoleon. The dragons are more interesting than the human characters, who are not too well developed, but the story was a very fun read for me.

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