Review: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain 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. 

Napoleonic wars with a Dragon fleet on each side. Yes please! The premise of this book grabbed me straight away and I wasn’t let down by its execution.

In fact I loved pretty much everything about this book. I loved Will Laurence, he was bound by rules and regulations and some prejudices at the start of the book but at heart he was always a good man. This was shown at the beginning when he added himself to the lot and later when he reacted to the miss treatment of another dragon. Watching his relationship with Temeraire build was delightful.

I adored Novak’s take on Dragons. Intelligent creatures that form an unshakable bond with their ‘Captains’ and aerial crew.

They just seemed so realistic and the way they were used in combat flowed well as well. Nothing about it seemed forced.

The Napoleonic wars are a period of history I find interesting anyway (I blame Bernard Cornwell’s excellent Sharpe series for this) and the addition of a dragon fleet just made it even more so. A perfect mash up of history and fantasy I thoroughly recommend this one.

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