Naomi Novik's Temeraire Series

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Finding a great book is golden, but a little bittersweet when the story ends. So there's nothing better than finding a great series of books . . . unless it's a great series of books involving dragons! The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik falls into this last category quite gloriously. The three books thus far are His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War, with two more books on the way.

The stories are woven into the real events of the Napoleonic war. Dragons not only exist, they and their human aviators participate in the war as a standing air force. Novik's detail of life and world during this era completely immersed me in the times. The historical details are plentiful and appropriate to the plot. Unlike some works that read like modern era stories dressed in an old facade, Novik meshes the real and fictional details so well I could easily imagine this as a factual account from the 1800's. She even manages to include female aviators without violating the historical realities of the time.

As well rendered as Novik's world is, it's her dragons that shine. Especially Temeraire, the main character of the stories. Through Temeraire's unique world view the stories explore duty, honour, loyalty and responsibility. Novik provides a rich palate of cultures, relationships, social classes, power dynamics and situations for us to consider them in. But this isn't a cerebral story. There's plenty of well written naval, aviation and dragon action to woo your imagination and produce wistful thoughts of being a dragon aviator. The pacing and writing are excellent, I couldn't put any of the novels down.

It was a great pleasure discovering Novik's universe, characters and dragons as the stories unfolded before me. I wish upon you the same pleasure.


A short review of Naomi Novik's Temeraire Series: His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War.
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