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Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarefied 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.Learn More
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Winner of the 2007 Locus Award for Best First Novel
Finalist for the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Novel
A solid start to a unique series.
This book is a solid beginning to an engaging adventure. Keep in mind that many may not consider it fantasy because the only element of that genre present here is dragons. It is really more of a historical fiction adventure story. This beginning chapter can be a little slow as it establishes the heroes and premise, but it sets the stage for a sweeping set of adventures and heartfelt moments. Miss Novik also covers the military and camaraderie aspects well in these entertaining tales, and it adds a great bit to the heart of the story.
Simon Vance is of course excellent. His vocal subtlety and pacing is astounding. He also has a good range of character voices, and brings each of their personalities to your ears. I have listened to Mr. Vance's narration before, and by now, I expect nothing less from this consummate professional.
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