Monday, August 23, 2010

Book Review: His Majesty’s Dragon

Book Review: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

Imagine an alternate history where Napoleonic wars were not fought just on land or sea, but in the air, on dragons. Imagine dragons so large that they command an entire crew climbing all over the large air-ship stand-in to repair the dragon from claw marks and have coordinated gunmen and bombers hand-dropping bombs from their mount.

Imagine if a navy man, captain of a ship and very set in his ways suddenly finds himself in charge of a newly hatched egg, and is pulled into the realm of England’s air fleet.
Yes, this book is that good. 

I’ll admit, I had a hard time getting into it at first. The first few pages are entirely set on a boat. Master and Commander but without all the exciting parts. I started this book three times before I finally got to the part where they finally found the dragon egg, then I couldn’t stop reading it.

I was instantly sent into the story. The tale of a dragon and his captain as they learn and grow together, get into battles, recruit men for their missions. It’s all very wonderful. I can’t wait for the next book.

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