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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Review: His Majesty's Dragon

His Majesty's Dragon is Naomi Novik's novel about the Napoleanic Wars on an alternate world where dragons co-evolved with men. This co-evolution is obvious because dragons apparently learn human languages while still inside the egg, and easily adopt human companions/riders on a one-on-one basis.

Once you put aside that bit of suspension of disbelief, the novel works very well. We're given a run down of how squadrons are organized, how aerial warfare is conducted in an age where sailboats still rule the waters, and what the social organization and hierarchy of the aviators would be in relation to the rest of the armed services.

The novel is entirely readable and a lot of fun, though one cannot help but think about how much more interesting it would have been to read about the domestication of dragons in that universe, for instance. Recommended, especially for airplane reading or while resting during a bike tour.

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