REVIEW: His Majesty’s Dragon

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His Majesty's DragonTitle: His Majesty’s Dragon

Author: Naomi Novik

Series: Temeraire #1

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 356

Dates Read: November 28 – December 17, 2020

Edition Read: Kindle eBook

Blurb: Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.


This was another book that I found through the Nerdist Book Club, so yay! I always enjoy finding new things and this book was quite a treat! I love fantasy and I love dragons so this was a no brainer for me. I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy it.

I especially enjoy when an author does something that takes a classic story idea (dragons bonding with a rider) and makes it new and interesting. Laurence and Temeraire’s friendship is just so precious. Where some of the riders treat their dragons as subordinate or as animals, Laurence sees Temeraire as an equal. And I absolutely LOVED this book’s take on dragon aerial combat. It was so cool! Also, these dragons are massive! They have an entire crew that ride them into battle, with a harness that has iron rings so that the crew can move along the dragon’s body, rappelling down as needed to shoot things. I also loved that there were female dragon riders and they were also treated as equals.

This book is a fantastical take on the Napoleonic wars so it not only reads like a fantasy, it also reads like historical fiction. Novik has a nice writing style although my only complaint was that the pacing did drag in a few spots. As for our two main characters (because you really can’t separate them), I liked Laurence a lot, but I loved Temeraire so much! He’s such a gentle giant. Laurence has to sacrifice a lot once he is chosen during Temeraire’s hatching – his post in the Navy, his comrades, his family to a certain extent – but he is more than willing to do so as long as he can have Temeraire by his side. He reads Temeraire books at night! It’s the sweetest thing!

There are nine books total in this series (which I didn’t know when I picked this up originally) and I will definitely look into reading the rest at some point – too much going on right now. This was a treat and I can’t wait to see what Novik has planned for the rest of the story.

GoodReads rating: 4 stars

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5 replies

  1. I read a Novik series last year= Shades of Magic. Haven’t read any others by her

  2. I loved Naomi Novik’s books so far- love both Uprooted and Spinning Silver. Haven’t gotten to this particular series yet

  3. I love this book! The series dips a bit in the middle IMO but I adore this one – it’s such a great read and a clever historical fantasy.

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