FCT: His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

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His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1) 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.”

This was not at all what I was expecting. The preview gripped me and blew me away. Sorry for the conflicting metaphors. For me, the brief view into the well-regulated world of naval combat in the Napoleonic wars, was thrilling. Fans of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey–Maturin series of novels may be unimpressed with the detail, but I found it very authentic.

I didn’t read the blurb, so I don’t know how much of the story’s beginning is spoiled there, so I’ll try to keep it light as I describe the preview.

After a victory at sea, the captain of the English ship finds the egg of a dragon in the hold of the French prize, and quickly discerns it will hatch soon. Preparations are made and it is made clear to the reader that whoever becomes responsible for the dragon will soon have their entire life turned around. Lots are cast for this unlucky sailor to be chosen from the officers, and we are brought up to the egg’s hatching and the dragon’s first moments in this world.

This is the book that will finally motivate me to finish reading my current (a reread of Harry Potter #5) so I can pick this up as soon as possible. I’m so excited to read this. Novik’s voice is so different here from her Uprooted style (FCT for that), and I was so pleased at how clear it was and how fun the style is even though it’s set in the society of gentlemen.

Well, someone’s world is about to get turned upside down and rather wild. I’m so delighted.

Status: I snapped up the kindle deal for 2.99 USD after reading the preview.

Verdict: Yes, I think I’m reading this next!

Pages: 384
Year: March 28th 2006
Publisher: Del Rey, and imprint of Penguin Random House

Correction: in my FCT of Uprooted I said that a friend recommended that to me when she saw me reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, but it was actually His Majesty's Dragon!