- Posted: Fri, 11 May 2007 04:53:44 +0000
The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik, is basically a retelling of the Napoleonic wars but with a twist: dragons actually exist and are breed and trained for aerial combat. Mind you that these creatures are not stupid because of this, though; While some can display the wit of a peppy valley girl, most of them are relatively intelligent. I was worried that the dragons would be a bit dull witted and not very fleshed out compared to the human characters, but this series hasn't suffered that fate at all.
Here's a brief summary of the first novel (His Majesty's Dragon) for those who haven't heard of it for more info:
In this delightful first novel, the opening salvo of a trilogy, Novik seamlessly blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars. Here be dragons, beasts that can speak and reason, bred for strength and speed and used for aerial support in battle. Each nation has its own breeds, but none are so jealously guarded as the mysterious dragons of China. Veteran Capt. Will Laurence of the British Navy is therefore taken aback after his crew captures an egg from a French ship and it hatches a Chinese dragon, which Laurence names Temeraire. When Temeraire bonds with the captain, the two leave the navy to sign on with His Majesty's sadly understaffed Aerial Corps, which takes on the French in sprawling, detailed battles that Novik renders with admirable attention to 19th-century military tactics. Though the dragons they encounter are often more fully fleshed-out than the stereotypical human characters, the author's palpable love for her subject and a story rich with international, interpersonal and internal struggles more than compensate. (Apr.)
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And here's an excerpt. It is a bit slow, though, compared to when Laurence begins his training in the Aerial Corps (majority of the book), in my opinion.
Peter Jackson has also recently acquired the rights to turn the series into films, but hasn't (or as far as I've found, anyway) as of yet started the project and is finishing up some other things first. I was pretty excited when I heard about that as much as some people dislike him, but I really can't think of any casting choices I'd like to see. Which is weird.
Empire of Ivory (book 4) is also finished and now available for purchase!
Interview with Peter Jackson concerning His Majesty's Dragon
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