His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1) by Naomi Novik

By Naomi Novik

Aerial strive against brings an exhilarating new measurement to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors upward push to Britain’s security by means of taking to the skies . . . now not aboard airplane yet atop the potent backs of battling dragons.

When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its priceless shipment, an unhatched dragon egg, destiny sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring existence into an doubtful future–and an unforeseen kinship with a such a lot striking creature. Thrust into the rarified global of the Aerial Corps as grasp of the dragon Temeraire, he'll face a crash path within the bold strategies of airborne conflict. For as France’s personal dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire needs to start into their very own baptism of fireside.

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