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His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #1) (Mass Market)

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Captain Will Laurence of the British Navy has been dreaming of a brilliant naval career since he left home to join the service, but when his crew captures a French ship and they find a rare prize — a dragon egg — in the hold, all those dreams crumble to dust. When the dragon allows Laurence to put him into harness and to give him a name, Laurence is duty-bound to care for the dragon, christened Termeraire, for the rest of his life. The two must learn to work together and to look out for one another in a time of upheaval and uncertainty — with Napoleon advancing across Europe, every single dragon in His Majesty's service is sorely needed. Masterfully blending history and fantasy, Naomi Novik creates a rollicking, charming tale of two soulmates navigating war, social etiquette, and aerial combat training. 

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“Just when you think you’ve seen every variation possible on the dragon story, along comes Naomi Novik. . . . Her wonderful Temeraire is a dragon for the ages.”—Terry Brooks

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

About the Author

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Crucible of Gold, and Blood of Tyrants, the first eight volumes of the Temeraire series. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award and has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Locus Award for Best New Writer and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final?
Fascinated with both history and legends, Novik is a first-generation American raised on Polish fairy tales and stories of Baba Yaga. Her own adventures include pillaging degrees in English literature and computer science from various ivory towers, designing computer games, and helping to build the Archive of Our Own for fanfiction and other fanworks. Novik is a co-founder of the Organization for Transformative Works.
She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles Ardai, the founder of Hard Case Crime, and their daughter, Evidence, surrounded by an excessive number of purring computers.

Praise For…

“Just when you think you’ve seen every variation possibleon the dragon story, along comes Naomi Novik. . . . Her wonderful Temeraire is a dragon for the ages.”—Terry Brooks

“Terrifically entertaining.”—Stephen King

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780345481283
ISBN-10: 0345481283
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: March 28th, 2006
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Temeraire