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His Majesty's Dragon 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 CreatureThrust 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


10 thoughts on “His Majesty's Dragon

  1. says:

    God, I admit, I m one of those douchey fucks that look down on fantasy readers while I sit firmly ensconced in my igloo composed of Star Wars Rogue Squadron and Star Trek The Lost Years books Of course, it d be a book about dragons fighting for the British army against the encroaching Napoleonic forces to get to me to realize DRAGONS ARE FUCKING COOL.Especially dragons with awesome Han Solo type female riders and plucky young girls manning the gunnery and uptight, strong silent type men God, I admit, I m one of those douchey fucks that look down on fantasy readers while I sit firmly ensconced in my igloo composed of Star Wars Rogue Squadron and Star Trek The Lost Years books Of course, it d be a book about dragons fighting for the British army against the encroaching Napoleonic forces to get to me to realize DRAGONS ARE FUCKING COOL.Especially dragons with awesome Han Solo type female riders and plucky young girls manning the gunnery and uptight, strong silent type men of good standing learning to fight dirty I love this shit, guys.I don t know, I ll probably turn into a furry soon, but until then I ll be curled up under my comforter, the next book tucked under my pillow as I periodically wake myself in the middle of the night by shouting FLY, BITCHES, FLY Sorry Han Yee


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    2 7 18 ON SALE for 2.99 by Rabid ReadsThis isn t my first Novik read In fact, the whole reason I finally got on with reading HIS MAJESTY S DRAGON is b c I read and absolutely adored Uprooted But UPROOTED isn t being released until May, so this is the first Novik review I ve posted.Same and not the same, people Same and not the same.Meet Will Laurence Laurence is a Captain in the British Navy He is a perfect gentlemen He is ostentatiously dull 2 7 18 ON SALE for 2.99 by Rabid ReadsThis isn t my first Novik read In fact, the whole reason I finally got on with reading HIS MAJESTY S DRAGON is b c I read and absolutely adored Uprooted But UPROOTED isn t being released until May, so this is the first Novik review I ve posted.Same and not the same, people Same and not the same.Meet Will Laurence Laurence is a Captain in the British Navy He is a perfect gentlemen He is ostentatiously dull And while there is significant character growth throughout the book, it is completely in regards to the small mindedness that comes with his gentleman status, having no impact whatsoever on the dull, dull, dullness of his disposition And maybe this is irrelevant, and maybe it isn t I don t know What I do know is that b c I have James Norrington in my head, every time Laurence is on the page and that s pretty much all the time all I can think is Why on earth would you write a Norrington like character, when you could write a Will Turner or Jack Sparrow type character instead Especially, when the Norrington type character has a DRAGON B c really What would Norrington do with a dragon Funnily enough, I now feel qualified to answer that question not much.That s not to say it didn t have its moments Obviously, it did B c dragon Temeraire was probably my favorite part of the book BUT I couldn t completely enjoy his character, b c Novik states early on that Chinese dragons are bred for intelligence, and after establishing that fact, uses him to spout insightful and ahead of his time political ideals BUT For an insightful character to be perceived as insightful for me, anyway , he needs to be spouting universal truths, timeless wisdoms, or exposing easily overlooked, but once pointed out, clear flaws in a majority mindset All Temeraire does is say things likeSome of the laws which I have heard make very little sense, and I do not know that I would obey them if it were not to oblige you It seems to me that if you wish to apply laws to us, it were only reasonable to consult us on them, and from what you have read to me about Parliament, I do not think any dragons are invited to go thereWhich, yes, is amusing, but not particularly clever I also enjoyed Laurence s pragmatic observations, which were quietly humorous and made me snicker at regular intervals Like when it s discovered that the dragon egg they acquired will hatch before reaching land and one of the crew will have to bond with the hatchling, meaning that he ll be forced to leave the respectable Navy to join the disreputable Dragon Aviators Laurence is determined as any gentleman would be to proceed in all fairnessthough if Fanshawe had not spoken in so unbecoming a way, Laurence would have liked to keep Carver out of it, as he knew the boy had a poor head for heights, which struck him as a grave impediment for an aviator. snickers But regular though those intervals were, they were not enough to overwhelm the blah Most of the blah was the result of Laurence s stodginess, but while it s one thing to accurately reflect the attitudes of the period in which a book is set, it s quite another to tacitly endorse them view spoilerLaurence bowed to them both, though he had a sense of awkwardness for the first occasion since he had grown used to Harcourt She was leaning with no appearance of consciousness against Choiseul s shoulder, and he was looking down at her with undisguised warmth she was quite young, after all, and Laurence could not help feeling the absence of any suitable chaperone She was young And in need Of a chaperone flares nostrils The suggestion is bad enough, but when Harcourt was indeed taken advantage of by the dastardly Choiseul, thus justifying Laurence s backward thinkingfrowns hide spoiler I also found it difficult to believe that a man so distraught over the inability to pursue elements essential to his own happiness like a wife, children, and a quiet life in the country after becoming saddled with a dragon, could transition into his new life so completely, even going so far as to compare overzealously praising Temeraire to the exasperating drivel spewed from men too enad of their own relations With difficulty he restrained himself from boasting further nothing, he was sure, could beirritating, like one of those men who could not stop talking of the beauty of their mistress, or the cleverness of their children. Then there were the inconsistencies Like how Temeraire s egg managed to survive aboard a cold, damp boat for a month orand afterwards being told that the dragon eggs are kept in the hottest part of the training facility s Roman baths, b c the female dragons have neither the time nor inclination to sit on them until they hatch, and they can t be buried in the hot ash at the base of a volcano, b c no volcanoes sighs I heard a sermon once where the pastor quoted something about the saints crying out, How long in reference to church services that never end and it was both shocking and hilarious enough to stick with me.And when I found myself crying out, How long several times while reading HIS MAJESTY S DRAGON, I was surprised b c it s not a particularly lengthy book.But by golly, it felt like it was.SO If you like novels of manners, the Napoleonic Wars, and dragons, then by all means, read this book I am a lone quantity Everyone else seems to LOVE HIS MAJESTY S DRAGON, it won all kinds of awards, and even I will admit that it is incredibly well written Novik is a superb method writer, if there is such a thing HOWEVERif you aren t crazy about the idea of a gentlemanly account of said war, but think it might be okay b c DRAGONSI strongly suggest that you are mistaken Recommended with qualifications


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    Buddy read with my wonderful friend, Ashley Hufflepuff Kitten I reckon I m going to be spoilery Once again I m going to say, Why did it take me so long to read this I love finding these little gems that I have had around FOREVER I fell right in love with Temeraire And I love Laurence and his love for Temeraire, he really knew how to take care of his dragon I want one too dang it Laurence was a captain on a Naval ship when they found a French ship with an egg on it Well, of Buddy read with my wonderful friend, Ashley Hufflepuff Kitten I reckon I m going to be spoilery Once again I m going to say, Why did it take me so long to read this I love finding these little gems that I have had around FOREVER I fell right in love with Temeraire And I love Laurence and his love for Temeraire, he really knew how to take care of his dragon I want one too dang it Laurence was a captain on a Naval ship when they found a French ship with an egg on it Well, of course they took the egg and when it hatched, the little black dragon picked Laurence Well, life as he knew it was over as he was going to have to leave the Navy and train with the Aerial Corps They ride dragons and have a crew on the dragon with you and fight the enemy Oh what joy I loved all of the dragons in the book and there were several of the men and women I loved too I mean this is just an awesome book full of wonderful people and dragons Well, there was this one ole bastard named Rankin and he treated his little dragon Levitas horribly I hated him and I felt so sorry for Levitas Laurence started doing nice things for the little dragon and it was so sweet Oh, oh and the dragons talk For the love of all that s holy, I want a talking dragon I wish my dog could talk too but then they both would probably drive me crazy, but I digress Anyway, most of the book is about training Laurence and Temeraire with the other dragons and captains but it was so much fun There are a few battles they get into a little later but setting up this world was so freaking awesome I have never had so much fun I mean talking dragons, how could you not love it The camaraderie between the humans, dragons and other humans were amaze balls This book has went on my favorites list and I sooooooo look forward to the rest of the books MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


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    I wasn t expecting much when I picked up His Majesty s Dragon. To tell the truth, if I d seen it in a bookstore, I wouldn t have picked it up But it was recommended to me by a reliable source as a better alternative to Eragon, and it was a historical fantasy set during the Napoleonic Wars I figured I d give it a try I didn t regret it.I don t love this book because Naomi Novik s writing style is equal to that of Tolkien I don t love this book because it s perfect in every way indeed, some I wasn t expecting much when I picked up His Majesty s Dragon. To tell the truth, if I d seen it in a bookstore, I wouldn t have picked it up But it was recommended to me by a reliable source as a better alternative to Eragon, and it was a historical fantasy set during the Napoleonic Wars I figured I d give it a try I didn t regret it.I don t love this book because Naomi Novik s writing style is equal to that of Tolkien I don t love this book because it s perfect in every way indeed, some of the subplots were rather weak, and should have been changed or cut out altogether Rather, I love this book because Naomi Novik took a boring, cliche idea, and put on a spin on it that s so brilliant and yet mind bogglingly obvious I have to wonder why in the world someone hadn t thought of it before.In all of the previous dragonrider books I d read, there was always one rider One lone human on a dragon the size of a house And somehow, that was supposed to be special and sensible and realistic But no if a dragon is that large, then why is there only one rider Why can t there beHaving one rider on a dragon is like putting one passenger on a plane that could potentially carry fifty.And that s where Naomi Novik takes the Temeraire series Her fight scenes aren t one on one affairs, they re all out aerial battles fought with crew members dangling precariously from leather harnesses, forced to make the best of inaccurate rifles It s true, the captain has a special relationship with his or her dragon, but there s the distinct feeling of a team that the captain would really be nowhere without the support of a crew behind him What s , Novik makes the battles work they re clearly planned out and make sense in a historical context.The main characters are also unusually engaging Laurence, as a former naval captain who accidentally stumbles upon a dragon egg, is plunged into a branch of the military completely unlike the one in which he s served, and his confusion and stiffness are only to be expected While his stubbornness and sense of propriety are on occasion mildly irritating, his reactions to elements of the Aerial Corps are only natural given his character And Temeraire, the dragon that hatches from the egg Laurence discovers, isthan a mere sentient ship his naive, inquisitive personality is adorably appealing, and the political views he develops at times contrast sharply with those of Laurence.And then there s the matter of the main villain there is none There s no evil overlord to face, no Dark Lord Napoleon who tries to foil Laurence s and Temeraire s plans at every turn In fact, despite the fact that the book is from a strictly British point of view, Novik portrays Napoleon fairly, and his character only growssympathetic as the series goes on Napoleon doesn t even make an appearance during the first book it s just the British Aerial Corps versus the French Armee de l Air It s a lovely change as the battles grow steadilyclimactic, one gets the feeling that they re in a war against other dragon crews just like theirs, not fighting some unseen maniac.Like I said, His Majesty s Dragon isn t perfect The subplot with Choiseul is ultimately disappointing in its resolution, and Laurence s love interest is perilously close to a Mary Sue and should have been cut thankfully, there s a lot less of her in the following books Still, it s a refreshingly original spin on an overused idea, and all in all a very good read


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    4.5 5 stars Woe is me for not having read this years ago I had this amazing dragon book sitting unread on my shelf for over 10 years and I m surprised no one revoked my membership to the dragon obsession club not a real thing In all fairness, the way people described this book and series gave me a very different impression than what the first book actually entailed They d say, it s an alternate military history, but with dragons I m sure that description is completely accurate for the 4.5 5 stars Woe is me for not having read this years ago I had this amazing dragon book sitting unread on my shelf for over 10 years and I m surprised no one revoked my membership to the dragon obsession club not a real thing In all fairness, the way people described this book and series gave me a very different impression than what the first book actually entailed They d say, it s an alternate military history, but with dragons I m sure that description is completely accurate for the series as a whole, but had someone mentioned even briefly that His Majesty s Dragon was less about alt history as a focus even though that was an essential setting component andabout the forming bond between a man and his dragon, I d have been on board the Temeraire ship years ago Unfortunately first impressions caused me to hold off When it came out I was in the middle of college and the last thing I wanted to do was put down one text book and pick up another even if the new one had dragons I thought I d be bored with the historical elements and recycled battle scenes All the discussions I d had about it with customers made me think I was getting into a dry historical retelling that took itself too seriously This is SO NOT THE CASE The relationship between man and dragon is 100% the appeal of the book for me It s a slowly paced plot that focuses on the bond and establishes the groundwork for what s to come Because of the aforementioned expectations for the series, I m certain some ventured in looking for battle sequences, military strategy, and loads of historical references, but were bored with their lack which is an irony considering my boredom might have stemmed from those things being present if I d read it 10 years ago As I said, perhaps the series as a whole will offer those things, but for me this book offered perfect immersion into what it s like to be a dragonrider or Aerialist in training Now that my tastes have broadened, I m actually looking forward to seeing the historical immersion in future books, but that alone wouldn t have been enough to get me to pick up the series The dragons are my main motivation Not only was Temeraire a fascinating creature, but so were the many other varieties of dragons aka Niki s dragon heaven I loved the training aspects and can t wait to see those put into good use, I loved the commander of the training encampment you ll see , and I loved the relationships and dynamics beginning to form between all the trainees and their dragons Basically, this is the book I ve been hounding to find all my life The slow burn of this novel might have bored a few people, but I reveled in every single moment It had me so wrapped up, I even shed a tear or two I can t remember the last time a book made me cry The combination of a fantastic main character, sentient dragons filled with awesomeness , and the overall theme of the series set His Majesty s Dragon up as one of the best books I ve read in a while I can t wait to get my hands on the next one Recommendations Read this book if you like dragons It s a bonus if you also like alt history PVia The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com Other books you might like


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    4.5 stars This book is so utterly delightful in every way I can t even count how many times it made me smile or laugh, or how it tugged at my heartstrings The bond between Laurence and Temeraire is incomparable I cannot wait to continue on with this series


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    This book made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside Yes it did Oh, I know exactly what you re thinking You re thinking, Sarah doesn t do warm and fuzzy, Sarah only does cold hearted cynicism Ha Fooled you right there I ll have you know I do have a heart sometimes and actually enjoy feeling all warm and fuzzy occasionally Besides, it s not like this is me cooing and getting the fuzzies over a bunch of cute babies We re talking about dragons here, people Wanna know why I m all smitten a This book made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside Yes it did Oh, I know exactly what you re thinking You re thinking, Sarah doesn t do warm and fuzzy, Sarah only does cold hearted cynicism Ha Fooled you right there I ll have you know I do have a heart sometimes and actually enjoy feeling all warm and fuzzy occasionally Besides, it s not like this is me cooing and getting the fuzzies over a bunch of cute babies We re talking about dragons here, people Wanna know why I m all smitten and stuff Mostly because this book reminded me of Pete s DragonI think I just lost half of the people reading this review Don t worry kids, this is too ancient for you to know about Besides, it s not your fault you were born two decades too late view spoiler It does explain why you re all so screwed up, though hide spoiler.So this is a story about a boy man and his dragon And this isn t typically the kind of book I enjoy reading because, let s be honest, there isn t much of a plot here But the relationship between Laurence and his dragon Temeraire It s everything It s cute beyond measure I know, I know, I just used the word cute shudders to describe the relationship between a grown man and a dragon You can snicker all you want, I don t care Because these two They make me all tingly inside Yes they do I LOVE their conversations yes, dragons do talk I LOVE their interactions I LOVE how much they care for each other And I pretty much melt every time Laurence reads to Temeraire at nightDamn Either I m getting really soft in my old age or Naomi Novik is a miracle worker. Anyhow, Laurence and Temeraire are so perfect for each other I think they should get married Or something Okay, I have to admit Laurence could have been a bitdashing Strike that, he could have been a lotdashing But I still like him He is nice, reliable, honourable and fair shudders But I still like him I can t believe I m actually admitting my utter fondness for a non assholish male lead gasps Prepare to die everyone, the end of the world is near Chaos, doom and destruction await.Now for the other half of our perfect couple Temeraire Sigh I think I just fell in love with a dragon I love his ever innovative ideas about politics, his very fresh point of view and his insightful comments His lines just crack me up Besides, he loves being read French books on mathematics and physics, how can anyone resist that There are some very cool dragons in this book, but Temeraire here is definitely my kind of monster Now some people find that this book is slow paced It is in a sense because there isn t that much action Novik dedicates a large chunk of the book to the training of Laurence and Temeraire in the Dragon Corps I very uncharacteristically enjoyed every minute of it but I understand that other might find it a bit boring There is some pretty great naval action in the opening chapters though, and the aerial fight sequences in the second half of the book were simply amazing Aerial fights, people That means crazy aerial maneuvers That means dragons being used as ships, with a full crew riding them Napoleonic wars, people That means strategy That means Admiral Nelson That means war with the Filthy, Cunning French Woo hoo I used to binge read historical fiction but stopped after OD ing on the genre a few years ago I m finding it surprisingly refreshing now that I m on the verge of OD ing on Urban Fantasy, haha I really enjoyed the Regency setting here and love the way Novik mixes history, fantasy and comedy of manners This improbable mix of dragons, Napoleonic wars and light social satire works because Novik is a fantastic writer Her style is flawless and everything blends in together effortlessly And the characters I love the way she writes her characters Actually, I was so impressed with Novik s writing and enjoyed it so much that I added Uprooted to my tbr And you know what Uprooted is YA Yes, His Majesty s Dragon is SO AWESOME that it made me want to read a Freaking YA Book Now what do you think about that Now for the moral of this review His Majesty s Dragon is fun His Majesty s Dragon is entertaining His Majesty s Dragon is great His Majesty s Dragon is OMG I can t stop reading His Majesty s Dragon might not make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside like it did me but it will definitely make you forget about the outside world for a while Whatdo you want P.S There might not be many female characters in this story but they re all very cool, as in unconventional for the time period and acting quite inappropriately YES I can t wait to readabout them in the next instalments.P.P.S Kudos to Novik for writing whole sentences in French without a single spelling or grammar mistake Phoenix Rising this is not Book 2 Throne Of Jade Book 3 Black Powder War


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    99c Kindle sale, Nov 29, 2018 The first book in a fantasy version of the Napoleonic War during the Regency era by Naomi Novik, the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver The twist here is that Britain and France each have an air force made up of huge, intelligent dragons and their human riders The dragons are so large that they have an entire crew in addition to their main rider basically, they re like smart, talking and sometimes smart talking naval ships flying around in the air Plus 99c Kindle sale, Nov 29, 2018 The first book in a fantasy version of the Napoleonic War during the Regency era by Naomi Novik, the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver The twist here is that Britain and France each have an air force made up of huge, intelligent dragons and their human riders The dragons are so large that they have an entire crew in addition to their main rider basically, they re like smart, talking and sometimes smart talking naval ships flying around in the air Plus, different dragons have different tricks and abilities.Will Laurence is the captain of the HMS Reliant, a naval warship, and happy with his career But when they capture a French frigate, they find a major prize an unhatched dragon egg These eggs are so valuable that there s no question that whoever is chosen by the baby dragon will immediately be put in the dragon air force So when the dragon a breed no one in England has ever seen before hatches, rejects the young crewman chosen for him, and selects Captain Laurence instead, he s initially very resentful of the forced career change but resigned to his fate The story follows Will and his dragon, Temeraire, as they grow to love each other and learn their role and tactics in England s air battles It s an enjoyable story, a little like Horatio Hornblower or Master and Commander, except of course with dragons There s a whole series here, but this one works fine as a stand alone read


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    I m amazed at how many people enjoyed this book The premise is fascinating and extremely creative And for that it avoids a single star Otherwise, the characters are bland, there is minuscule character development to speak of, and THERE ARE NO REAL CONFLICTS Every conflict is conveniently tied up with no trade offs This isn t fantasy, it s day dream By far, the most amusing portion of the book is the conversations between Laurence the protagonist and Temeraire the dragon amusing to the I m amazed at how many people enjoyed this book The premise is fascinating and extremely creative And for that it avoids a single star Otherwise, the characters are bland, there is minuscule character development to speak of, and THERE ARE NO REAL CONFLICTS Every conflict is conveniently tied up with no trade offs This isn t fantasy, it s day dream By far, the most amusing portion of the book is the conversations between Laurence the protagonist and Temeraire the dragon amusing to the sheer ridiculousness of its romantic triteness Temeraire may have intelligence that surpasses Nobel Prize winners, but he has the emotional quotient of a peanut.Read this book only if you want pure, saccharine fluff


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    This is a tough one to review in some ways First, I ve read lots of dragon books , and this is far, far from the best For one thing, I m a physicist and while I m willing to suspend disbelief up to a certain point, the image of dragons capable of carrying anywhere from tens to hundreds of humans at a time plus weapons and armor for distances that again range from tens to hundreds of miles in a day just does not compute Let me count the ways it violates natural law, not just by a little bi This is a tough one to review in some ways First, I ve read lots of dragon books , and this is far, far from the best For one thing, I m a physicist and while I m willing to suspend disbelief up to a certain point, the image of dragons capable of carrying anywhere from tens to hundreds of humans at a time plus weapons and armor for distances that again range from tens to hundreds of miles in a day just does not compute Let me count the ways it violates natural law, not just by a little bit but ludicrously energy conservation, scaling laws, biology you name it, her dragons violate it Her dragons carry loads like 747 airliners carry loads to carry the load described in the last book of this series, where Temeraire helps ferry people over a hundred at a time from a fort out to a boat, well imagine hanging 100 people from an elephant Hmmm, no way A brachiosaurus Sorry, I can t imaginethan 30 or 40 A blue whale Now we re talking.100 humans at 200 pounds each is an easy 10 tons of humans Add this to the conservatively 100 ton body mass of an animal large enough to hang all these people on and you re talking the good sized airliner, all supposedly powered by muscles on the fuel of the energy content of an occassional cow Waste heat alone would cook such a beast until it starved to death, assuming of course that they weren t crushed under their own weight as they attempted to stand Okay, you say We know dragons aren t real, so why can t they be whatever she likes They can, of course, but even my 12 year old thought that it was a bit odd and hard to believe And it s not that I don t like dragons McCaffery s dragons are close enough that I can suspend disbelief Pern s gravity is lower, air is maybe thicker, they re hollow bodied and don t have to carry huge loads, just a person and saddle and load of firestone, which for all I know is a light and porous rock or the dragons couldn t chew it Battledragons are also believable basically smallish dinosaurs in armor who like noodles as much as meat One can go down a veritable list of dragons back to King Arthur, and never has their been a storybook dragon so very out of kilter with common sense.Once you get past this, the book is still flawed in several ways Laurence the main human protagonist is a middling flawed individual priggish, filled with notions of duty and obligation, blind to his surroundings, out of touch with the real world, a supposedly romantic character that comes across lookingfoolish than believable He persists in referring to his male dragon as dear throughout the book No man calls his male companions or pets however you want to view the dragon as dear , and even viewing the dragon as his child it still sounds odd Because he s a dodo brain when it comes to politics he naturally gets into all sorts of scrapes that could easily be avoided, which gives the book a bit of stilted or contrived feel Even the economics of dragons doesn t really compute at a good sized piece of livestock a day, dragons are remarkably expensive to feed a cow takes months to years to grow and can feed a lot of humans Yet we see dragons by the dozen being supported for their military potential, we see dragons making a living carrying messages or people around a city Hell of a taxi service, if the taxi driver cab combo earns enough to buy an entire cow a day.Given all of this, if you accept the series as being a simple historical what if novel exploring the Napoleanic wars with dragons being used as a living air force , it s a decent read Worth it for exactly three novels, which unfortunately wasn t enough to get close to terminating the endless story I will not buy any


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