I had a great time reading Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon. I haven’t gobbled up a paperback for quite a while. Now I’m eying its sequel, The Jade Throne. Anyway, it’s the Napoleonic wars with dragons, and the book’s anchor is the relationship between Laurence and his dragon, Temeraire. So certainly a love story, but not a romance. Lots of action, good character development. I guessed a couple of plot points, which is pretty unusual for oblivious me, but it wasn’t a problem. Recommended!
Dear Author. Jane gives it an A.
…the true love story is between the man and the dragon. The depth of feeling and devotion these two exhibit is more touching than I have read in a romance in a long time.
Sherwood Smith. She’s read all three books in the Temeraire series.
Let me just say that Novik’s world becomes more fascinating, the characters more complex, the twists unexpected, the tragedies both sharp and real, but binding it all together like a thread of gold is the sense of honor and duty that Temeraire and Laurence both feel, yet have to keep defining.
She also discusses other dragon books she’s enjoyed.