His Majesty's DragonBook - 2006
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 rarified 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.
"Terrifically entertaining."--Stephen King
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LPL_MeredithW May 14, 2017
The Napoleonic Wars + sentient fighting dragons = a thing I did not think I'd like, but turned out to LOVE.
By Naomi Novik, author of "Uprooted" (2015).
LPL_MeredithW Feb 13, 2017
I'm not much of a fantasy reader in general, but I absolutely LOVED this book, the first in a 9-book series that reimagines the Napoleonic wars as fought by talking dragons and their human handlers! I'm a sucker for books that nail the style and tone of another era, and Naomi Novik weaves her st... Read More »
LPL_MeredithW Nov 19, 2016
Read a steampunk or gaslamp fantasy novel
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William Laurence, prestigious naval captain, captures a French vessel in 1804 which is carrying a rare dragon egg. The creature hatches and bonds to Laurence, who hesitantly names him Temeraire and resigns himself to the sacrifice of life in the Aerial Corps (who are considered to be rowdy and undisciplined). However, even as he is shocked by the female captains and loose formality of the Corps, Laurence comes to form a deep bond with Temeraire, and the inseparable pair and their new friends serve Britain through the war. Daring adventure and fascinating characters abound.
A captain who is part of the Queen's Navy discovers a dragon egg aboard a french ship. The egg hatches and the dragon, amazingly, attaches to the captain, who must now become an aviary.
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