Everything is Better With Dragons

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Everything is Better With Dragons

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The Napoleonic Wars are known for changing warfare as it was known. It is interesting enough for history buffs, but it’s better with dragons.

“His Majesty’s Dragon” is the first book in the “Temerarie” series by Naomi Novik. It is an alternate history of the Napoleonic Wars where the Aerial Corps, made up of dragons, their captains and crews, and the Navy are the most important parts of the military.

The story follows naval Captain Laurence as he leaves his post on his ship to become a captain in the Aerial Corps with his dragon, Temeraire. It follows the two of them as they become brothers-in-arms alongside those who assist in caring for the dragon and the other dragons with whom Temeraire becomes close friends.

The book is an easy one to get into. The writing flows well and though an in-depth knowledge of the Napoleonic Wars is not necessary, knowing the locations of major battles is useful to the reader.

Novik did a wonderful job of hinting at the overarching story of the entire book series. Throughout the book there are snippets of dialogue that allude to future events and leave you wondering, then the dialogue quickly switches back to the subject at hand.

However, it is necessary to read the names of the characters carefully as there are quite a few scenes where there are many characters all together. There are quite a few characters and for the first part of the story it is a bit difficult to remember their ranks alongside their names.

I thought that this was an excellent book. The writing was dialogue-driven and moved at a fast pace. The end of the book leaves you wanting more, not because of a huge cliffhanger, but because of the information revealed at the end that was hinted at through the whole story and it is a series that I look forward to reading more of in the future.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, but I believe that people high school age and up would enjoy it more than anyone younger. The book contains allusions to battles in the Napoleonic Wars and has situations that are more relevant to an older audience.

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