Temeraire #1, Adult Fantasy. Also known as His Majesty’s Dragon.
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.
TOP TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
- It has dragons in it. It is also set during the Napoleonic wars…. basically, a bunch of my buzzwords!
- 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!
- 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.
- Temeraire loves books and reading and learning new things. I like him a lot.
- The writing is gorgeous, fast to read and incredibly enjoyable.
- The descriptions of action and war are vivid, detailed and tastefully done. I learnt a lot about tactical manoeuvres.
- It was fun as well as hard-hitting and compelling.
- 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).
- It is a global book. It talks about France and England and Scotland and Spain and Austria and China and Brazil.
- 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,