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“I love the Napoleonic Conflicts and, in particular, the naval conflict surrounding that era. This book was almost custom written for me....It has it all. The adventure of narrative style of a Patrick O'Brien book with the fantasy elements found in Robin Hobb books with the dragons. I...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I love the Temeraire series which could be described as a mix of McCaffrey's Pern (dragons!) and Horatio Hornblower daring do (Napoleonic wars) and the delightfully unique. Novik's style is clean, unobtrusive, with a voice and diction that is often Austen-esque in tone. In His Majesty’s Service is an omnibus edition of the first three novels in the series: His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade and Black Powder War.
The first book marked it as unique among dragon fantasies I've read for giving dragons all the personality and intellect of the human characters, while still feeling alien in character. At a certain point in the first book, I'll confess that I cried, and that's not a common experience for me reading a book. And what evoked that emotion wasn't anything that happened to a human, but one of the dragons. Throne of Jade gave us a society of dragons integrated into China. The personal and cultural clashes are done well within a tightly written action-adventure tale that didn't let me up for a moment until I found myself at the end of the book and pinning for more. In a world-building sense,Black Powder War can't match the first two books--there's no further development or surprises in terms of Temeraire's or Laurence's character--but it's fully as engrossing a read and engaging an adventure. The second book took us to China, the third to Turkey and Germany of the Napoleonic era, and it's part of the book's virtue to make me believe I visited those places--or at least what they would be like had dragons been part of the picture. Lien is also a great villain and the third book introduces Tharkay, one of my favorite characters in the series.
There are three more in the series to date--I don’t think the last two are as strong as the first four--but Temeraire continues to charm.”
“I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dragons, the age of sail, or fantasy books!!!!”Suzi1138 wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great start to the series. I've got to get the next several books. Great characters and a great feel for the period with good action.”Daniel G. wrote this review Friday, May 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“OOo!! Read these! A well-written and brilliantly imagined series beginning during the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Laurence is a worthy hero, an officer in the Royal Navy who must fight wars and deal with his own personal pressures, one of which turns out to be 'his' dragon, Temeraire. Because in this version of history, dragons are used in battle by all countries. There are many different breeds of dragon, all of which are fiercely intelligent, reasoning creatures. And it all works so beautifully as a historical epic or fantasy epic.”MissLebowski wrote this review Monday, April 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oh to have the premise of this book be possible! =) Dragons are such awesome creatures, and to watch the growth of Laurence as he realizes what a treasure he has found is wonderful...”Alina Andreushkina wrote this review Friday, October 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“On throne of Jade!”Fyre.Katz wrote this review Tuesday, July 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Solid world, a bit long winded at times, very entertaining dynamic between the two main characters (human and dragon).”Bogdan Lucaci wrote this review Saturday, April 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love the Napoleonic Conflicts and, in particular, the naval conflict surrounding that era. This book was almost custom written for me....It has it all. The adventure of narrative style of a Patrick O'Brien book with the fantasy elements found in Robin Hobb books with the dragons. I especially liked Novik's take on the relationships between the dragons and their captains in light of the sacrifices it required on both parts. You truly got the feeling that this was real despite the far flung premise. In my opinion Novik's series stands alone almost on that merit alone. Couple that with the international intrigue, well paced action sequences, and the sense of wonder each book brings and you're in for a real treat. Highly recommended!”Keith wrote this review Friday, May 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very weird idea for a book but it actually worked.
A good story, well written.
I won't run out to get the rest of the series though.”