Here be dragons

May 8, 2009 at 9:15 pm (Reviews) (, )

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, while not the first book that I’ve read start to finish on my Sony Reader is the first book that I’ll admit publicly to reading.  (We’ll ignore the bodice ripper that was the reader’s first real cover to cover read)  I got this book for free from the Sony ebook store; I’d never heard of it or its author before.  It’s a fantasy sent in an alternate reality where dragons are common and used as weapons of war.  The book is set during the Napoleonic war, and is the story of how a naval captain unexpectedly ends up a dragon captain fighting in an aerial brigade.  The dragons are far more than beasts of burden, and except in rare instances where breeding for speed has won over intelligence, they are smart, fully-actualized creatures with strong emotions and opinions.  Novik does a good job and blending the fantasy in with the historical events makes the use of dragons in aerial warfare seem perfect reasonable!

I found this to be a charming book and quite compelling.  I was pleased that I chose to take the bus to work this week because it left me more time to read since I found I really wanted to know how this book turned out.  It is not a masterpiece of modern literature, but I found it a lot of fun.  I think it would work well as young adult reading-there is a small amount of some mild sexual content, but nothing terribly graphic.  I’ll keep an eye out for the other books in the series, there’s more to the story and I think the books are interesting enough that I’d like to know how it all turns out.


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