Tuesday, February 01, 2011

His Majesty's Dragon-Spoiler Free Book Review

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1)
*Review pertains to the Audiobook version*
Have you ever wondered how the Napoleonic Wars would be different had dragons been involved?  If so, you should probably check out this book.  You should also check it out if you thought the first sentence sounded interesting. 

The plot- A British ship captain captures a dragon egg from a French ship.  This egg was on its way to Napoleon himself.  Dragons seem to bond with their handlers immediately out of the shell and the egg is hatching.  Whichever sailor bonds with the dragon will be conscripted into the Airforce and discharged from the Navy.  Being a Dragon handler is for life and usually means forsaking family and friends.  Got your interest piqued yet?

Characters-  Characters are the week point of this book as they all seem rather stereotypical.  You have an English Gentleman, a Rake, a woman that is as good as any man and therefore becomes a love interest.  There is a bit of a "chosen one" in the novel as well.  I would also be offended if I were a 19th century airman (oh wait, they didn't exist, nevermind). 

This is a series, an uncompleted series as of writing, so be warned.  I doubt it will go "wheel of time," but there is always a risk.  Novik does a pretty good job on this book.  While the characters generally don't surprise you with their behavior or grow much, this was her freshman novel.  Very little questionable material is present, so the novel should be safe for teen readers and up. 


Pat Tillett said...

It sounds fairly interesting, I'll at least check it out...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The dragon-bonding sounds like McCaffrey's dragon series. Let's hope it doesn't go the Wheel of Time route. I gave up on that series years ago!

DEZMOND said...

ah, I was just an inch close to getting the translation work on this saga some time ago, but was busy with other books at the time :( I love that Peter Jackson has filming rights on the book for some years now.

Budd said...

Pat, I listened to this one and the person reading did a great job of doing the proper British Gentleman.

Alex-is that the Pern stuff?

Dez-I didn't know that about the film rights.