Title and Author: His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: 2006
Genre: Fantasy history
Target Audience/Age Group: Adult
Part of a Series? Yes
Will the Reviewer Keep It In His/Her Library? It's already there.
Ok, this cover looks nothing like the one you get when you buy the book. That one is red, with a cool looking dragon and a ship in a bottle on the cover. I'm not sure why the publishers chose to replace that one with this wordy thing because it certainly didn't grab our attention. In fact, it turned us off.
We got His Majesty's Dragon at Comic-Con when it was first published and enjoyed it very much. We acquired subsequent books at the Con until we lost interest in the series.
Laurence is the captain of a British naval vessel that captures a French ship during the Napoleonic Wars. There's an egg in the confiscated cargo, and when it hatches, the baby dragon forms a bond with Laurence, forcing the captain to leave his prestigious post and join the dragon troops. The series chronicles the adventures of Laurence, Tremaire, the dragons and the humans assigned to them as they fight the French. They visit every continent in the world it seems, and there are dragons everywhere. They find cultural differences in various cultures' dragon-human relationships, incorporating dragon mythology of all kinds.
We liked the first three books, but lost interest when Tremaire and Laurence were punished for an ethical action. The series ran out of gas. But as we said in an earlier post, we are eagerly awaiting her next book, Uprooted.