Sunday 13 January 2019

Book Review: Temeraire by Naomi Novik (Fantasy/Alt. History)

Title: Temeraire (Temeraire #1)
Author: Naomi Novik
Harper Voyager

Publication Date: 2009 (2006)
eBook - EPUB
Fantasy/Alt. History

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.

I came to read Temeraire because my friend, Alina, proposed it for one of our forthcoming livestream book discussions. I had read and enjoyed Novik's Spinning Silver, so I was happy to give this dragon series a try. Overall, I enjoyed it. I loved the alternate-history premise of dragons fighting in the Napoleonic wars, and, indeed, the battle sequences were well thought out and beautifully described. I also liked the pairing of Laurence and Temeraire; although, I did find the way he addressed the dragon as 'my dear' a little off-putting. The story was nicely paced, with plenty of action, though I found certainly aspects a little predictable. But as I said, this was an enjoyable story, a fun idea, and though I won't rush to buy book two, I certainly would not be opposed to reading on in the series in the future.

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