This year marks the final installment in Naomi Novik’s amazing Temeraire series.
If you haven’t heard of it before, Temeraire is an alternate history fantasy set during the Napoleonic wars. It stars a former Navy captain, Laurence, who comes across a dragon egg during a battle one day. The egg hatches Temeraire, a super intelligent, utterly charming dragon. They then join the Aerial Corps, where whole crews of men (and women!) fight dragons from atop other dragons.
I read the first book back in 2009. At the time I wasn’t a very big fan of dragons; I’d just never gotten than interested in them, as most of the ones I encountered in other books tended to be either evil or mute and boring. His Majesty’s Dragon was the book that kick-started my dragon love, and now I’ll deliberately seek out books with dragons in them!
League of Dragons, the last Temeraire book, comes out sometime this year1 and I’m very excited. I’m also taking the time to catch up on the series!
After reading the first book I very quickly gulped the next two down, and then I got stuck somewhere in the fourth (which I remember being much darker than the previous ones). Eventually I just forgot to keep up with the series, and so now I’m four (nearly five) books behind. I don’t remember too much of what happens in them, so it’s almost like reading them for the first time.
I’m noticing lots of things I didn’t the first time around, though, like how Laurence is a bit of a prude. And that the dragons are VERY big– big enough to hold up crews of up to 50 people, plus luggage and bombs and whatnot. Also, I completely forgot about how awesome Captain Roland is! She’s tough and kinda wild, and I love her. The battles are easier to follow this time around, too, which I suppose it just because I’ve read so much more historical fiction set during wars since 2009. I spent so much time trying to figure out battles that it’s paid off in my reading! Yay!
Up next: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, this month’s #WizardBBC pick. I’ve heard lots of things about it, both good and bad, and I have no idea if I’ll like it or not. I’ve generally liked the previous book club choices, though, so there’s a good chance I’ll enjoy it.
Have you read any of my current reads?
- no set date yet. ↩