Reply: Temeraire Series – Book 1: His Majesty’s Dragon – By Noami Novik

Jared,

I have seen the light and it is good! I was blind but now I see!! I’m so glad that you recommended this series and even more so now that I’ve finally read it.

First and foremost, this is a dragon story and not just a story that happens to have dragons. It’s a full blown, 100% certified, praise-be-to-the-Dragon-Queen-may-she-reign-forever, sort of dragon story. It’s a dragon story with an 1800’s flavor to it and it is glorious. I keep thinking it’s this awesome cross between Dragon Jousters and Master and Commander with the dragons somewhere between Dragonriders of Pern and the Obsidian Trilogy.

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His Majesty’s Dragon by Noami Novik (Czech Cover)

I think that because it is such a dragon story I didn’t notice the historical elements. Some may find the historical nature as an added benefit. For me the alternate history just served to allow less exposition setting everything up. As of right now, Napoleon isn’t a draw for me. He’s just an antagonist. And while black powder is cool, it’s not a prominent feature.

Now the nautical and seafaring at the beginning got to me. I’ve always had this thing for mountains and oceans, maybe a romanticized image due all the stories from Grandpa but an image none the less.

Second, it’s very well paced. So smooth and natural, every twist and turn felt right. The plot was also exceptional. Everything had a purpose, no lingering on something inconsequential, but I was never beaten over the head either.

Captain Laurence made a great POV. He was balanced and I enjoyed his perspective on pretty much everything. His flaws only enhanced his strengths and added a charm that was highly endearing. He wasn’t purposefully stupid even when he was making mistakes.

If I’m talking about characters then Temeraire would have to be mentioned. He’s got quite the personality on him. When first hatched I loved his innocence and simple way of looking at things. As he grows and develops I find him thoughtful with a kindness that I can’t help but love. In the end he’s so much an individual entity it’s a little scary.

As you can tell, I loved pretty much everything about the book. I might have preferred it in a high fantasy setting with it’s own world and history, but I fully admit that getting all the established would have lengthened or cut too much of the book. It would been a fundamentally different book so I’m perfectly fine with its historical nature. Something that I did do was imagine the dragons speaking without physically articulating, so not telepathy but that the sound doesn’t really have a specific source either.

I’ll definitely be continuing this series, it will be a new favorite if the rest of the books can keep up with this one.

Robert


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RED RISING TRILOGY – BOOK 3: MORNING STAR – BY PIERCE BROWN

Hello Robert,

Meet the conclusion to this bastardly series.

Title: Morning Star51nnve8he2l
Series: Red Rising Trilogy; Book 3
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: Alternate Future,
Synopsis: Darrow survives the coup, but is taken by the Jackel. What you imagine the Jackel does he does and Darrow suffers. Darrow is broken down to nothing and then must rebuild himself into a new man, or the man he once was.
Recommendation: I do not “Recommendation:” this book. It built up my hopes and then dashed them all away. To build them up again and then have them crashed on the rocks of reality. Of course, this book is only really for adults. It is nice though to have the series finished,  now at least I can sleep at night.

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RED RISING TRILOGY – BOOK 3: MORNING STAR – BY PIERCE BROWN

RED RISING – BOOK 2: Golden Son – BY PIERCE BROWN

Hey Robert,

This. book. sucks.

Title: Golden Songolden_son_2015
Series:
 Red Rising Trilogy; Book 2
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: Alternate Future,
Synopsis: Darrow after winning the Institute is now one of the Peerless Scarred in service to Archgovener Augustus. But all is not easy for him at the Acadamy.
Recommendation: For adults only. Do not read this book, it is evil.

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RED RISING – BOOK 2: Golden Son – BY PIERCE BROWN

Temeraire Series – Book 1: His Majesty’s Dragon – By Naomi Novik

Hello Robert,

Oddly this is a book I have read somewhat recently, just 2 years ago. Most of the books I reread have the better part of a decade between reads. I have told you about this series before and it is amazing, but you never read it. So now I’ll detail why this is such a fun series, to make you jealous that I read it first.

{4731D36F-EF04-4ADD-A3C9-0CC14D81D0A9}Img100Title: His Majesty’s Dragon
Series: Temeraire Series; Book 1
Author: Naomi Novik
Genre: Alternate History/Fantasy
Audience:Young Adult/Adult
ROTS Setting: Alternate History early 1800s
Synopsis: Captain Lawrence captures a French vessel and finds a dragon egg on board, and it’s ready to hatch. Three weeks away from land Captain Lawrence is left with no choice but to try and harness the hatchling to tame it. But when the young dragonet chooses his master the captain’s life is changed forever.
Recommendation: I honestly love this series. I would recommend this for teens or adults. A beautiful mix of nautical, historical, and dragons. For me this got me very interested in the time period. Also from a genealogical stand point learning who our ancestors were and where they lived during the late 18th early 19th century.

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Temeraire Series – Book 1: His Majesty’s Dragon – By Naomi Novik