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August 19, 2006

SRP Book 9: His Majesty's Dragon

Summer Reading Program - My Books

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (384 pages)
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.8

The concept is stunningly simple: the Napoleonic wars... but with dragons! Yes, dragons. They're another branch of the armed forces, you know: the Aerial Corps. This is the first in the series; the main character, a British Navy captain, captures a French ship that contains a dragon egg. The egg hatches at sea, before the Aerial Corps can be contacted, so there aren't any properly-trained dragon handlers on board. The dragon bonds with the captain, who then has to give up his career and lifestyle to join the Aerial Corps. It's Patrick O'Brian with DRAGONS, and maybe a little Jane Austen thrown in. The dragon characters are drawn just as fully as the human ones, and both "comedy of manners" type scenes and battle scenes are done well. Very highly recommended.

Posted by Kat at August 19, 2006 02:42 PM

That very nicely sums up Naomi & her work, she's really great (I TA'd for her way-back-when). :) Glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by: peninah at August 21, 2006 10:20 AM
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