Temeraire by Naomi Novik: Book Review!!!

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

Temeraire #1, Adult Fantasy. Also known as His Majesty’s Dragon.

5 stars.

Ah, Temeraire. Dragons, ships, aerial formations, war and a beautiful bond between friends, human and not. This book was absolute perfection to me. The only thing I wish was…. that I already had the second book! I didn’t cry during this book, even at some particularly tragic moments, but I cried after having finished the book a few hours ago when I was still thinking about them. This book was absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I am so, so glad that I picked this to be the Adult pick of February for the It’s Not Just A Book Club Book Club. It was beautifully written, fast-paced and glorious. I honestly can’t explain how much I love this book.


  1. It has dragons in it. It is also set during the Napoleonic wars…. basically, a bunch of my buzzwords!
  2. The relationship between Temeraire and Laurence (and I don’t consider that a spoiler, it says it in the blurb and in the first three chapters of the book) is absolutely phenomenal. It’s like, parent-son, brotherly and friendly love and a whole lot more. It is unique and special and something I wish I could have!
  3. The relationships between the characters in this book in general were terrific. There were some wonderful dragon-handler bonds, some wonderful friendships and the way Naomi Novik worked all the characters into the story was absolutely phenomenal: everybody had a place and a role and it all just worked.
  4. Temeraire loves books and reading and learning new things. I like him a lot.
  5. The writing is gorgeous, fast to read and incredibly enjoyable.
  6. The descriptions of action and war are vivid, detailed and tastefully done. I learnt a lot about tactical manoeuvres.
  7. It was fun as well as hard-hitting and compelling.
  8. Not only is this fantasy, but it also explores global political dynamics during the Napoleonic Wars (even if there are dragons, it is based on history).
  9. It is a global book. It talks about France and England and Scotland and Spain and Austria and China and Brazil.
  10. I absolutely loved it and need someone to fangirl about it with. And yes, that is a perfectly valid reason as to why you should read it.

In conclusion, I think book is the best, or one of the best, books that I have read so far this year (not including any rereads).

Happy reading and let me know your thoughts on this book,

Keira x



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Keira says:

    Reblogged this on It's Not Just A Book Club and commented:

    Here’s my review for Temeraire by Naomi Novik, the Adult pick of February!


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