Friday, August 3, 2012

What could be more fun than the Napoleonic wars - with dragons?

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

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 dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its 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 Temeraire, 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.

My Thoughts

This book was good. I really liked that the dragon, Temeraire, has a mind of his own and his loyalty to Captian Laurence. Some aspects of this book were really unrealistic and hard to picture especially with the the Corps jumping between dragons and being harnessed to them. I know it's Fantasy but still it doesn't hurt to add some realitic points to the storyline. All the dragons of the Aerial Corps are really fun and intresting. Sometimes I think Temeraire is too smart for his own good. I really like that in the Aerial Corps, that they accept women into their ranks. I don't know if I would read this book again, but I am glad that I have read it, and is able to put it on my books read list.

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