Title: His Majesty’s Dragon

Author:Naomi Novik

Year published: 2006

Why did you get this book? Because so many people talked on their blogs about how wonderful it was. Then, it was on sale at Ebookwise, I had a coupon, and I was trying to load my Ebookwise with a nice variety of content. I put off reading it because I really thought it would be…well, not enough romance or too dry for me, too literary?

Do you like the cover? Yes I do, I think it’s a great cover. (can be viewed on my sidebar on the left)

Did you enjoy the book? I LOVED this book. It was amazing and brilliant. For a book that’s fantasy and doesn’t have any romance subplot to speak of, it’s unusual for me to love it so much (I really love romance in a book). But the relationship between Laurence and Temeraire is so compelling and well-drawn, the story told in vivid detail and begging you to keep reading, to find out where it’s all going…it was a wonderful book.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes she was and I’m kicking myself for not buying the other two books from Ebookwise when I had the coupon. But I’ll pay for them anyhow and will be loading the next one on tonight.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? It’s an ebook, it’s mine forever 😉 But even if it wasn’t, I’d keep it.

Anything else? One of the things that struck me, as I was reading, that showed the particular talent of the author, and I think probably a keen eye on the part of the editor, is that the book is written only in Laurence’s POV, yet still third person. I think that’s very unusual in today’s market, with more people using at least two POVs or 1st person. Yet, in a show of great writing, despite only having one POV, you feel as though you still know many of the secondary characters, and often what they’re thinking–by the author’s descriptions of their expressions, appearance, body language and swift dialogue. I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters through Laurence’s perception, most especially the dragons and specifically Temeraire, and didn’t miss being in anyone else’s POV at all.

*small spoiler*

I found that the dragons were like dogs and horses for me, it was difficult for me to read of them being injured or killed. I find I’m much more callous to human life, but involve an “animal” and I don’t think it’s fair that they have to suffer for the quables of man and man’s desire for power and involvement in war. It always strikes me as wrong and I cringed every time one of the “good” dragons had to harm the “bad” dragons because really, I wanted all the dragons to be happy. I’m an incredible sap.

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