Second in the Temeraire series. This was excellent! Well written, exciting, fun, and of course I love the dragons! All the characters have taken on lives of their own, both human and draconic. And I'm quite impressed by the way Novik has managed to incorporate dragons into the "real" history of many countries to create these stories -- she really makes it work.
Great story, great details, and I'm very interested to see what Temeraire gets up to in the next installment! Very highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy or dragon stories!
Another outstanding entry into the Temeraire series, an alternate history where dragons exist during the period of the Napoleonic wars. Set during the long voyage to and arrival in China, the intricacies and intrigues of the Chinese Imperial court are set side by side with the community of Chinese dragons. This series is pure magic, with well drawn characters (including the dragons), rich historic settings and wonderful plotting. Unlike most sophomore books, this one maintains the quality of the first, advances the world arc and tells a clean resolved story of its own.
The first book was a pleasant surprise, and I really enjoyed the second book as well. It's such an inventive alternate history. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series--Ms. Novik has done a great job of keeping me guessing and wondering what is going to come next.
The second book in a series with an excellent premise, sort of a cross between McCaffrey's Pern and O'Brien's Aubrey-Maturin series. I think my favorite character is the dragon Temeraire--he has the voice of a gifted pre-teen.
At the end of His Majestys Dragon the brother of the Chinese emperor makes a list of demands on Captain Laurence. The only one Laurence's honor will let him carry out is that Temeraire -- and Larence-- will travel to China. Prince Yongxing makes several unsuccessful attempts on the life of Laurence and all those onboard the Allegiance, but is ultimately unsuccessful.
These books, based on Horatio Hornblower, with noods to Cornwell's Sharpe series and O'Brien's Aubrey & Maturin. But also are well- regarded by readers of fantasy. I, who enhales *both* fantasy and historical fiction, am thrilled.
Second in the Temeraire fantasy series, which is sort of alternative history, too--set during the Napoleonic wars with the added feature of having dragons exist--as weapons of war! I have to say I didn't like this book as well as the first in series--I suspect because I am not real big on naval battles/naval war history, and this book took place almost exclusively on a dragon transport ship as Laurence and Temeraire are being escorted back to China. Since Temeraire is a Chinese Celestial dragon, the Chinese Emperor has demanded his return to the native country and Laurence accompanies her, certain that he will be forcibly parted from his partner at voyage's end. I still enjoyed the book--it's rare that a book with dragons doesn't enthrall me--and will definitely read the next in series...it's just that the descriptions of the ship, naval battles and all that sailor/naval stuff left me a bit cold.
Book two of Naimi Novik's series about an unusual hero and his human companion and the love and loyalty between the two of them is just as good to read as Book 1, His Majesty's Dragon. This time focusing on their journey by ship to China where Temeraire was bred, this adventure gives the reader glimpses of the 1806 Empire of China and the cultural historical peek of a place where dragons are bred and treated as equals is an great read.
China has demanded the return of Temeraire, a rare Chinese Celestial Dragon, and the British Government, in hopes of establishing a foothold in the Empire, has agreed to send the dragon back. However, both governments underestimate the connection between Temeraire and Captain Laurence and the dragon refuses to go without him. Through dangerous attacks both by humans and an awesome sea serpent, the bond between Temeraire and Capt. Laurence holds strong. In addition to them, the book has a great cast of supporting characters, including the Chinese dragons and the humans whose duty is to protecting Temeraire and Capt. Laurence.
A soon to be classic series based on a mixture of dragons and Napoleonic Sea Stories. (a la Hornblower). This is #2 and the books should be read in order since there is a lot of continuity. This plot takes the dragon Temeraire and his rider Capt. William Laurence to China, where they discover a society based on equality between humans and dragons.
Bravo for Naomi Novik! I have now read all the Temeraire books and love them. My only complaint was simple if you have a Dragon transport why would the sailors not be at ease with dragons? And get huffy over transporting them? It made no real sense to me
"Readers with a penchant for both Patrick Obrian and Anne McCaffrey may have found their perfect match. Naomi Novik beautifully renders an 1800s Europe in which naval buffs and dragon lovers will be keen to immerse themselves." - Alan Dean Foster