His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

The New Year is right around the corner, and I for one am resolving to have more dragons in my life. If you’re like me and think that historical fiction is good, but historical fiction paired somehow with dragons is great, look no further than His Majesty’s Dragon, the first in the Temeraire series.

The story follows Will Lawrence, a hotshot naval captain close to marrying the woman of his dreams. He enjoys the finer things in life: good conversation, the opera house, and a fine wine. His life is radically changed when his ship captures a French vessel carrying a precious dragon egg as cargo. What struck me here is that the end result of this is not what you might expect. Having a dragon in your life has serious social implications in Novik’s version of early 19th century England, and Lawrence will definitely not be attending an opera any time soon.

Naomi Novik will make you believe that dragons aided England during the Napoleonic Wars. The tiny details she includes, from Aerial Corp military tactics to the paintings of Hell in the Vatican (dragons breathe fire onto the damned), really pulled me into the story. Novik does not just insert dragons into 19th century England; she deftly weaves them into its cultural and historical fabric.

Given that I flew through this book in about six hours one lazy Saturday afternoon, I would say that it is an easy, engrossing, thoroughly enjoyable read. I absolutely love the relationship that is developing between Lawrence and his dragon Teremaire and will continue on to the next book in the series.

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