Friday, August 1, 2008

Naomi Novik 'His Majesty's Dragon'

This one is not a romance novel, definitely a fantasy novel, and totally kick-ass. I saw The Smart Bitches give it a good review a couple months ago, maybe longer, and I kept thinking, dragons and Napoleon? I just don't think I'd like it. If you liked the movie Master and Commander at all, if honor and brotherhood under fire turns your crank in the least, you have got to read this book. Really.

A friend of mine is a collector of hardcover versions of her favorite books. I like the feel of a hardcover book, but never felt the need to search them out. After finishing this book, I immediately went to see if I could buy all the series in hardcover. Captain Laurence is a British naval officer, he captures a rapidly hardening dragon egg from a French frigate and they know it will hatch before they reach land. If no one attempts to harness the dragon it will turn feral, a great loss to the aerial corps of his Majesty's army. None of the sailors wants to be the one to harness it because an aviator can never 'retire' from service to a normal life. They draw lots and Laurence is relieved when he does not draw the short straw. When the dragon hatches however it ignores the assigned harnessor, makes a b-line for Laurence and asks him why he is frowning. Thus starts their journey together.

Historical Fantasy Novel 2006: 5 of 5 acid spitting longwing dragons.


Marg said...

I love this whole series. I still have to read the book that has just come out but I am confident that it will be good!

Anonymous said...

Yay! You're back!

I loved the Dragonrider of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey when I was a teen. Maybe I'll give this book a look-see and rekindle my love of dragon stories.

Heloise said...

I saw someone describe this book as Patrick O'Brien's (Master and Commander) books doing the nasty with Anne McCaffrey's Pern books. Very enjoyable!

Anonymous said...

Ewww. The image of books "doing the nasty" offends my Puritan sensibilities. That's why all my books wear dust jackets--to prevent such temptations when they're pressed together on my shelves.