Naomi Novik: His Majesty's Dragon

Confusion and stiffness are only to be expected While his stubbornness and sense of propriety are on occasion mildly irritating his reactions to elements of the Aerial Corps are only natural given his character And Temeraire the dragon that hatches from the egg Laurence discovers is than a mere sentient ship his naive inuisitive personality is adorably appealing and the political views he develops at times contrast sharply with those of LaurenceAnd then there s the matter of the main villain there is none There s no evil overlord to face no Dark Lord Napoleon who tries to foil Laurence s and Temeraire s plans at every turn In fact despite the fact that the book is from a strictly British point of view Novik portrays Napoleon fairly and his character only grows sympathetic as the series goes on Napoleon doesn t even make an appearance during the first book it s ust the British Aerial Corps versus the French Armee de l Air It s a lovely change as the battles grow steadily climactic one gets the feeling that they re in a war against other dragon crews ust like theirs not fighting some unseen maniacLike I said His Majesty s Dragon isn t perfect The subplot with Choiseul is ultimately disappointing in its resolution and Laurence s love interest is perilously close to a Mary Sue and should have been cut thankfully there s a lot less of her in the following books Still it s a refreshingly original spin on an overused idea and all in all a very good read This book made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside Yes it did Oh I know exactly what you re thinking You re thinking Sarah doesn t do warm and fuzzy Sarah only does cold hearted cynicism Ha Fooled you right there I ll have you know I do have a heart sometimes and actually enjoy feeling all warm and fuzzy occasionally Besides it s not like this is me cooing and getting the fuzzies over a bunch of cute babies We re talking about dragons here peopleWanna know why I m all smitten and stuff Mostly because this book reminded me of This is a tough one to review in some ways First I ve read lots of dragon books and this is far far from the best For one thing I m a physicist and while I m willing to suspend disbelief up to a certain point the image of dragons capable of carrying anywhere from tens to hundreds of humans at a time plus weapons and armor for distances that again range from tens to hundreds of miles in a day ust does not compute Let me count the ways it violates natural law not ust by a little bit but ludicrously energy conservation scaling laws biology you name it her dragons violate it Her dragons carry loads like 747 airliners carry loads to carry the load described in the last book of this series where Temeraire helps ferry people over a hundred at a time from a fort out to a boat well imagine hanging 100 people from an elephant Hmmm no way A brachiosaurus Sorry I can t imagine than 30 or 40 A blue whale Now we re talking100 humans at 200 pounds each is an easy 10 tons of humans Add this to the conservatively 100 ton body mass of an animal large enough to hang all these people on and you re talking the good sized airliner all supposedly powered by muscles on the fuel of the energy content of an occassional cow Waste heat alone would cook such a beast until it starved to death assuming of course that they weren t crushed under their own weight as they attempted to stand Okay you say We know dragons aren t real so why can t they be whatever she likes They can of course but even my 12 year old thought that it was a bit odd and hard to believe And it s not that I don t like dragons McCaffery s dragons are close enough that I can suspend disbelief Pern s gravity is lower air is maybe thicker they re hollow bodied and don t have to carry huge loads ust a person and saddle and load of firestone which for all I know is a light and porous rock or the dragons couldn t chew it Battledragons are also believable basically smallish dinosaurs in armor who like noodles as much as meat One can go down a veritable list of dragons back to King Arthur and never has their been a storybook dragon so very out of kilter with common senseOnce you get past this the book is still flawed in several ways Laurence the main human protagonist is a middling flawed individual priggish filled with notions of duty and obligation blind to his surroundings out of touch with the real world a supposedly romantic character that comes across looking foolish than believable He persists in referring to his male dragon as dear throughout the book No man calls his male companions or pets however you want to view the dragon as dear and even viewing the dragon as his child it still sounds odd Because he s a dodo brain when it comes to politics he naturally gets into all sorts of scrapes that could easily be avoided which gives the book a bit of stilted or contrived feel 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 Yet we see dragons by the dozen being supported for their military potential we see dragons making a living carrying messages or people around a city Hell of a taxi service if the taxi drivercab combo earns enough to buy an entire cow a dayGiven all of this if you accept the series as being a simple historical what if novel exploring the Napoleanic wars with dragons being used as a living air force it s a decent read Worth it for exactly three novels which unfortunately wasn t enough to get close to terminating the endless story I will not buy any. Re he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle For as France’s own dragon borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire From the Paperback editio.

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Buddy read with my wonderful friend Ashley Hufflepuff Kitten I reckon I m going to be spoileryOnce again I m going to say Why did it take me so long to read this I love finding these little gems that I have had around FOREVER I fell right in love with Temeraire And I love Laurence and his love for Temeraire he really knew how to take care of his dragon I want one too dang it Laurence was a captain on a Naval ship when they found a French ship with an egg on it Well of course they took the egg and when it hatched the little black dragon picked Laurence Well life as he knew it was over as he was going to have to leave the Navy and train with the Aerial Corps They ride dragons and have a crew on the dragon with you and fight the enemy Oh what Neimhaim (Neimhaim, joy I loved all of the dragons in the book and there were several of the men and women I loved too I mean this isust an awesome book full of wonderful people and dragons Well there was this one ole bastard named Rankin and he treated his little dragon Levitas horribly I hated him and I felt so sorry for Levitas Laurence started doing nice things for the little dragon and it was so sweet Oh oh and the dragons talk For the love of all that s holy I want a talking dragon I wish my dog could talk too but then they both would probably drive me crazy but I digress Anyway most of the book is about training Laurence and Temeraire with the other dragons and captains but it was so much fun There are a few battles they get into a little later but setting up this world was so freaking awesome I have never had so much fun I mean talking dragons how could you not love it The camaraderie between the humans dragons and other humans were amaze balls This book has went on my favorites list and I sooooooo look forward to the rest of the booksMY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List 45 stars This book is so utterly delightful in every way I can t even count how many times it made me smile or laugh or how it tugged at my heartstrings The bond between Laurence and Temeraire is incomparable I cannot wait to continue on with this series I m amazed at how many people enjoyed this book The premise is fascinating and extremely creative And for that it avoids a single star Otherwise the characters are bland there is minuscule character development to speak of and THERE ARE NO REAL CONFLICTS Every conflict is conveniently tied up with no trade offs This isn t fantasy it s day dream 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 Temeraire may have intelligence that surpasses Nobel Prize winners but he has the emotional uotient of a peanutRead this book only if you want pure saccharine fluff 2718 ON SALE for 299 by Rabid ReadsThis isn t my first Novik read In fact the whole reason I finally got on with reading HIS MAJESTY S DRAGON is bc I read and absolutely adored Uprooted But UPROOTED isn t being released until May so this is the first Novik review I ve postedSame and not the same people Same and not the sameMeet Will Laurence Laurence is a Captain in the British Navy He is a perfect gentlemen He is ostentatiously dull 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 And maybe this is irrelevant and maybe it isn t I don t know What I do know is that bc I have James Norrington in my head every time Laurence is on the page and that s pretty much all the time all I can think is Why on earth would you write a Norrington like character when you could write a Will Turner or Jack Sparrow type character instead Especially when the Norrington type character has a DRAGON Bc really What would Norrington do with a dragonFunnily enough I now feel ualified to answer that uestion not muchThat s not to say it didn t have its moments Obviously it did Bc dragon Temeraire was probably my favorite part of the book BUT I couldn t completely enjoy his character bc Novik states early on that Chinese dragons are bred for intelligence and after establishing that fact uses him to spout insightful and ahead of his time political ideals BUT For an insightful character to be perceived as insightful for me anyway he needs to be spouting universal truths timeless wisdoms or exposing easily overlooked but once pointed out clear flaws in a majority mindset All Temeraire does is say things like Some of the laws which I have heard make very little sense and I do not know that I would obey them if it were not to oblige you It seems to me that if you wish to apply laws 455 stars Woe is me for not having read this years agoI had this amazing dragon book sitting unread on my shelf for over 10 years and I m surprised no one revoked my membership to the dragon obsession club not a real thing In all fairness the way people described this book and series gave me a very different impression than what the first book actually entailed They d say it s an alternate military history but with dragons I m sure that description is completely accurate for the series as a whole but had someone mentioned even briefly that His Majesty s Dragon was less about alt history as a focus even though that was an essential setting component and about the forming bond between a man and his dragon I d have been on board the Temeraire ship years ago Unfortunately first impressions caused me to hold off When it came out I was in the middle of college and the las. Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragonsWhen HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its.

T thing I wanted to do was put down one text book and pick up another even if the new one had dragons I thought I d be bored with the historical elements and recycled battle scenes All the discussions I d had about it with customers made me think I was getting into a dry historical retelling that took itself too seriously This is SO NOT THE CASEThe relationship between man and dragon is 100% the appeal of the book for me It s a slowly paced plot that focuses on the bond and establishes the groundwork for what s to come Because of the aforementioned expectations for the series I m certain some ventured in looking for battle seuences military strategy and loads of historical references but were bored with their lack which is an irony considering my boredom might have stemmed from those things being present if I d read it 10 years ago As I said perhaps the series as a whole will offer those things but for me this book offered perfect immersion into what it s like to be a dragonrider or Aerialist in training Now that my tastes have broadened I m actually looking forward to seeing the historical immersion in future books but that alone wouldn t have been enough to get me to pick up the series The dragons are my main motivation Not only was Temeraire a fascinating creature but so were the many other varieties of dragons aka Niki s dragon heaven I loved the training aspects and can t wait to see those put into good use I loved the commander of the training encampment you ll see and I loved the relationships and dynamics beginning to form between all the trainees and their dragons Basically this is the book I ve been hounding to find all my life The slow burn of this novel might have bored a few people but I reveled in every single moment It had me so wrapped up I even shed a tear or two I can t remember the last time a book made me cry The combination of a fantastic main character sentient dragons filled with awesomeness and the overall theme of the series set His Majesty s Dragon up as one of the best books I ve read in a while I can t wait to get my hands on the next oneRecommendations Read this book if you like dragons It s a bonus if you also like alt history PVia The Obsessive Bookseller at wwwNikiHawkescom Other books you might like 99c Kindle sale Nov 29 2018 The first book in a fantasy version of the Napoleonic War during the Regency era by Naomi Novik the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver The twist here is that Britain and France each have an air force made up of huge intelligent dragons and their human riders The dragons are so large that they have an entire crew in addition to their main rider basically they re like smart talking and sometimes smart talking naval ships flying around in the air Plus different dragons have different tricks and abilitiesWill Laurence is the captain of the HMS Reliant a naval warship and happy with his career But whe God I admit I m one of those douchey fucks that look down on fantasy readers while I sit firmly ensconced in my igloo composed of Star Wars Rogue Suadron and Star Trek The Lost Years books Of course it d be a book about dragons fighting for the British army against the encroaching Napoleonic forces to get to me to realize DRAGONS ARE FUCKING COOLEspecially dragons with awesome Han Solo type female riders and plucky young girls manning the gunnery and uptight strong silent type men of good standing learning to fight dirty I love this shit guysI don t know I ll probably turn into a furry soon but until then I ll be curled up under my comforter the next book tucked under my pillow as I periodically wake myself in the middle of the night by shouting FLY BITCHES FLYSor I wasn t expecting much when I picked up His Majesty s Dragon To tell the truth if I d seen it in a bookstore I wouldn t have picked it up But it was recommended to me by a reliable source as a better alternative to Eragon and it was a historical fantasy set during the Napoleonic Wars I figured I d give it a try I didn t regret itI don t love this book because Naomi Novik s writing style is eual to that of Tolkien I don t love this book because it s perfect in every way indeed some of the subplots were rather weak and should have been changed or cut out altogether Rather I love this book because Naomi Novik took a boring cliche idea and put on a spin on it that s so brilliant and yet mind bogglingly obvious I have to wonder why in the world someone hadn t thought of it beforeIn all of the previous dragonrider books I d read there was always one rider One lone human on a dragon the size of a house And somehow that was supposed to be special and sensible and realistic But no if a dragon is that large then why is there only one rider Why can t there be Having one rider on a dragon is like putting one passenger on a plane that could potentially carry fiftyAnd that s where Naomi Novik takes the Temeraire series 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 It s true the captain has a special relationship with his or her dragon but there s the distinct feeling of a team that the captain would really be nowhere without the support of a crew behind him What s Novik makes the battles work they re clearly planned out and make sense in a historical contextThe main characters are also unusually engaging Laurence as a former naval captain who accidentally stumbles upon a dragon egg is plunged into a branch of the military completely unlike the one in which he s served and his. Precious cargo an unhatched dragon egg fate sweeps Capt Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temerai.

An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen She studied English literature at Brown University and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to partic