Monday, June 28, 2010
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Did you like the movie Master and Commander?
Do you enjoy the Napoleonic War?
Do you like dragons?
If you answer yes to any of these, read this book. The dragons are endearing and the relationship that they form with their riders is wonderous and often heartbreaking in its sincerity.
This is the story of a British Naval Captain, Laurence who takes a French ship as a prize and finds there is a dragon egg on board. Dragon protocol is well known in this world, so they realize the egg will hatch soon and someone will need to harness the dragon or else England will lose a valuable war comodity.
A lower ranked shimpan draws the unlucky straw to harness the dragon, but the hatchling has none of him, and chooses Laurence instead. Because of this, Laurence is forced to give up his position as Captain and become an aviator. The book chronicles the start of his dragon riding career, and the beginning of an amazing friendship, and the birth of an unique and amazing dragon. (The dragon is named Temeraire, and you will fall in love with him!)