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His Majesty's Dragon

Novik, Naomi (Downloadable Audiobook - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
His Majesty's Dragon


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Captain Will Laurence captures a dragon egg from a French ship. The Chinese dragon hatches and bonds with him; their relationship is like father and child. The dragon bred for emperors can speak and reason. He leaves the Navy for the understaffed Aerial Corps.
Authors: Novik, Naomi
Title: His Majesty's dragon
[downloadable audiobook]
Publisher: New York :, Books on Tape,, 2007
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital
Statement of Responsibility: by Naomi Novik
Notes: Duration: 09:57:12
Summary: Captain Will Laurence captures a dragon egg from a French ship. The Chinese dragon hatches and bonds with him; their relationship is like father and child. The dragon bred for emperors can speak and reason. He leaves the Navy for the understaffed Aerial Corps.
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon - Narrator
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 1415940169
9781415940167
Branch Call Number: Downloadable audiobook
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Report This May 11, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm rating the CD version, as, sadly, the Johnson County Library no longer owns the paper version. (Don't worry! You can get this as an eBook or call us and we can get it as an interlibrary loan.) What a fun and exhilarating read! This is the first book in a series or it can be easily enjoyed on its own. A historical fantasy - the Napoleonic Wars - that takes place in an alternate reality where dragons exist, the focus is on British Navy captain Will Laurence, who's ship runs across a boat intended for Napoleon that contains a dragon egg. In this reality, dragons are rare and bred for war, used as aircraft, with dozens of soldiers strapped on. The egg hatches, and it bonds to the first human it sees - Laurence. He must now train the dragon, an exceedingly rare Asian breed, to fight for crown and country against the French menace that threatens all Europe. This all sounds slightly silly, of course, but Novik is a skillful author who treats this material seriously, and the novel's historical details are similar to the Aubrey-Maturin novels by Patrick O'Brien. The aerial battles are the book's highlight, and are very cinematic and well-paced. This book is a lot of fun. (Sadly, the sequels don't hold up as well.)

Report This Apr 19, 2011
  • caleb532 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved the book. I was fortunate to stumble upon it, and it is the first in a series. There are few things so irritating for me than starting in the middle of a series. The next book in is not on downloadable audiobook, so I am struggling here. I really get a lot done while I am listening to a book. Not so while I'm reading :( Perhaps one day soon?

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