His Majesty’s Dragon

So, I’m imagining the conversation went something like this:

“You know, I really love the Patrick O’Brian books. Naval battles, Napoleon. You know?”
“Mmmm hmmm.”
“And Jane Austen; she’s fabulous. The whole 19th century English society. I love it.”
“Yes, dear.”
“But you know what they’re missing?”
“What?”
“Dragons.”
“Dragons?”
“Yeah…. dragons.”

So we have His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik: Patrick O’Brian, Jane Austen and Anne McCaffrey rolled into one.

The conversation at our house:
Hubby: “Hey, you got that book!”
Me: “What book?”
Hubby: “The Napoleonic wars with dragons book.”
Me: “Oh, yeah. I needed a science fiction book for the library’s reading challenge.”
Hubby: “Did you know that Peter Jackson‘s optioned it?”
Me: “Oh, really?”
Hubby: “Yeah. Can I read it first?”

The verdict: If you’re looking for something fun and light and engaging that has both elements of English manners books, Napoleonic wars and dragons, then this is for you.

(And as an aside: I really enjoyed myself and I’ve got the other two books in the series on hold…)

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6 thoughts on “His Majesty’s Dragon

  1. Novik, not naomi novak – took me a tiny bit of searching to figure that out! 🙂 have you read the dragon and the george by gordon r dickson (and the other 8 books in the series?) – just clicked here from tftc, I’ll have to read back a bit now….

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