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His Majesty's Dragon de Naomi Novik
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His Majesty's Dragon (edició 2006)

de Naomi Novik

Sèrie: Temeraire (1)

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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.… (més)
Membre:naominovik
Títol:His Majesty's Dragon
Autors:Naomi Novik
Informació:Del Rey (2006), Paperback
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His Majesty's Dragon de Naomi Novik

Afegit fa poc persibylline, Rennie80, SugarThief, biblioteca privada, jkcla1638, JillMcKiernan, Lenamusic123
  1. 256
    Capità de mar i de guerra de Patrick O'Brian (lorax)
    lorax: The Napoleonic Wars, just with no dragons. Better-written than Hornblower and with much stronger characterization.
  2. 122
    Dragonflight de Anne McCaffrey (justjukka)
    justjukka: Both Novik and McCaffrey take great care in developing the worlds for their respective series. If you like one, you may very well like the other.
  3. 92
    Mr. Midshipman Hornblower de C. S. Forester (DWWilkin)
    DWWilkin: If you like the time period, no better way to start then with the first popular series about Age of Sail
  4. 71
    Leviathan de Scott Westerfeld (PghDragonMan, Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are alternate history/fantasy novels with a distinct nautical flair. His Majesty's Dragon is set during the Napoleonic Wars - just with dragons (obviously) as a sort of Air Navy - complete with crew. Leviathan is set during an alternate WWI between the Darwinists (who have living ships & weapons) and the Clankers (who use machines).… (més)
  5. 40
    The Dragon and the George de Gordon R. Dickson (infiniteletters)
  6. 63
    Jonathan Strange i el senyor Norrell de Susanna Clarke (ErlendSkjelten)
    ErlendSkjelten: Much heavier fare than Temeraire, but all the more enjoyable for it. The Napoleonic wars, with magicians instead of dragons.
  7. 30
    Airborn de Kenneth Oppel (elbakerone)
    elbakerone: Another interesting and well written historical fantasy.
  8. 20
    Dragonhaven de Robin McKinley (infiniteletters)
  9. 31
    Eon: Dragoneye Reborn de Alison Goodman (notemily)
    notemily: DRAGONS!
  10. 10
    Opening Atlantis de Harry Turtledove (PghDragonMan)
  11. 32
    A Natural History of Dragons de Marie Brennan (TomWaitsTables)
  12. 10
    Lord of the Changing Winds de Rachel Neumeier (noneofthis)
  13. 10
    Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe de James M. Ward (amysisson)
    amysisson: In this case, the dragon *is* the ship, and the main character is younger and less experienced, but otherwise they have a similar feel....
  14. 00
    The Dragon and the Thief de Gillian Bradshaw (TomWaitsTables)
  15. 00
    Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II de Vicki Croke (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: This is a real life story of a man whose all encompassing relationship with elephants, one in particular, echo that between Laurence and Temeraire.
  16. 01
    Dragon Companion de Don Callander (infiniteletters)
  17. 12
    Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot de Patricia C. Wrede (carlyrose)
    carlyrose: A bit lighter and for perhaps a younger audience, but also an alternate history dealing with the Napoleonic Wars.
  18. 12
    The Fire Rose de Mercedes Lackey (FFortuna)
  19. 01
    Cast in Shadow de Michelle Sagara (leahsimone)
  20. 15
    Dragon Keeper de Robin Hobb (KimarieBee)

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This one is a little different, since although there eight novels currently out in the Temeraire series (with another due this year), I don't plan on finishing the series at the moment.

This was always something that I had in mind when I set my 100 book goal. It's a lot of books to read and if I'm just not enjoying a series overly much, it's worth moving along.

That's not to say that I didn't enjoy His Majesty's Dragon. It was a very interestingly written story, in a style that where I can actually imagine people during the era of the Napoleonic Wars speaking (although if they actually spoke like that, I will admit to having no idea). That being said, that was actually one of the the things that took my out of the story. Both of the main characters (the man and the dragon) spoke so eloquently, it was hard to identity with them.

Another positive was how well Novik wove the dragons into the story. It never felt like they were just tacked on, and she seems to have thought through many of the changes that would come about had dragons been there throughout history. It's an interesting take on alternate history--not changing particularly much, but rather enhancing what already happened with the changes you want to make. At the very least, it saves you the time and trouble of trying to deal with a true divergence. History is complicated. Making up your entire own history as deep and complicated as the real one? Oof.

Back to the negative though, I wasn't particularly thrilled with the characterizations of the dragons. I understand and like the idea of dragons as or more intelligent than humans, but on the other hand it's a little strange for them to be so smart just out of the shell--although Novik did comment that was because they learn while therein.

Also, their size. It's a given in any story involving dragons that the mere idea that they could fly is a little strange. They're just too big and heavy. But not only can dragons in this universe fly, they can do so while carrying entire crews of men. It's a really neat idea--that you can basically have an entire navel crew in the air--and on a 'ship' as intelligent as a man to boot--but four dragons carrying an estimated 2000 men? That's almost 40 tons of men per dragon. I'm not buying it. So it goes. It's still pretty awesome.

And finally, I'm not really a fan of chosen one / only one in the world type stories (one of the issues I had with The Heroes of Olympus as well), which is another reason not to carry on with this series. Throughout the first book is bad enough--ooh, a new and unique species, at least in Europe--the ending implies that the sequels will be even worse. So it goes.

All said and done, I did enjoy the story. It isn't exactly my sort of thing (thus not reading the sequels), but I'm sure there are many out there who would find it far more enjoyable. It's a neat world and it wouldn't hurt to read at least a chapter or two to just to see the writing style. It's certainly different. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
A little slow and meandering at times. Disappointed that the final battle that the author was building up to the entire book only received a couple of pages. The ending felt rushed. ( )
  briancuddy | Jul 19, 2021 |
Very much enjoyed this. Definitely the start of a new series I'm going to like. ( )
  youngheart80 | Jun 15, 2021 |
This was a fun alternative history about the Napoleonic Wars. with dragons. Charming fluff. I'll probably continue the series. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Freebie offer on Amazon, and it looked interesting. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
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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.

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