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In this delightful first novel, the opening salvo of a trilogy, Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars. Here be dragons, beasts that can speak and reason, bred for strength and speed and used for aerial support in battle. Each nation has its own breeds, but none are so jealously guarded as the mysterious dragons of China. Veteran Capt. Will Laurence of the British Navy is therefore taken aback after his crew captures an egg from a French ship and it hatches a Chinese dragon, which Laurence names Temeraire. When Temeraire bonds with the captain, the two leave the navy to sign on with His Majesty's sadly understaffed Aerial Corps, which takes on the French in sprawling, detailed battles that Novik renders with admirable attention to 19th-century military tactics. Though the dragons they encounter are often more fully fleshed-out than the stereotypical human characters, the author's palpable love for her subject and a story rich with international, interpersonal and internal struggles more than compensate. (Apr.)
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*Starred Review* This is the first book in a superbly written, character-driven series, Temeraire, which conjures the Napoleonic-era military replete with aerial corps of fighting dragons and their handlers. When Captain Laurence of HMS Reliant takes a French frigate as a prize, the cargo includes a dragon egg due to hatch before the Reliant can reach a British aviators' base. When the hatchling chooses the captain to be his handler, Laurence's naval career comes to an end. He is now an aviator and a member of a service more tolerated than admired. Within very short order, he finds himself bonded with Temeraire, a most elegant and intelligent dragon, more closely than he has ever been bonded with anyone before, and that includes the lady he had thought he would marry. Novik fully integrates dragons into late-eighteenth-century military tactics and develops a convincing armed-service social milieu that includes the dragon corps. But what keeps one turning the pages is the urge to find out what happens next to Captain Laurence and Temeraire, characters who win one's heart from the beginning. Bravos for a most promising new author! Frieda Murray
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I love the Temeraire series, the characters are well fleshed out, imaginative, and beautifully written about. The world is interesting, dragons and gun powder co existing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by fyrdraeg
This was recommended by a friend and I found the story quite delightful, and thoroughly enjoyed the book. Read the entire thing in a day or two, and was eager for the next one.Published 17 months ago by M. Kleiber
An excellent book. Novik's protagonist is a fully-rounded character who (against his will) becomes the Captain of a dragon (essentially aerial troops). Read morePublished on June 1 2008 by Susannah
A wonderful alternate history of the Napoleonic war where dragons provide the aerial support for both sides of the conflict. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2007 by Perschon
I would say it is unfair to compare this book to something written by G.R.R. Martin or others like him. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2007 by jydez
I was disappointed in this book. After reading series by George Martin and Scott Bakker, this novel was superficial. Characters were fairly flat and the plotting was pretty simple. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2006 by Niall
This book, which I stumbled on in a review, is a wonderful blend of Horatio Hornblower and Dragonriders of Pern! Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2006 by Jeanie