His Majesty's Dragon
, published in the UK as Temeraire
, is the first novel in the Temeraire alternate history
series by American author Naomi Novik
first published in 2005.
His Majesty's Dragon won the 2007 Compton Crook Award
for best novel in the Science Fiction
genre during 2006 by a first time author in the genre.
The book was also nominated for the Hugo Award
for Best Novel
in 2007, but lost out to Rainbows End
by Vernor Vinge
The story is set during an alternate history version of the Napoleonic Wars
, in which dragons
not only exist but are used as a staple of aerial warfare in Asia
. The dragons of the story are portrayed as sentient
and intelligent, capable of logical thought and human speech. The series centres primarily on events involving Temeraire (the titular dragon) and his handler, Will Laurence. The first book of the series centers on how Laurence, formerly a Captain in the Royal Navy
, becomes Temeraire's handler, and their early training in preparation for battles against Napoleon
's aerial fleet.
In the aftermath of an armed combat between the Reliant
, a British warship, and a French ship, the crew of the Reliant
find an unhatched dragon egg on board the French ship. William Laurence, captain of the Reliant
, has the egg deposited on board, declaring it as a prize captured from the French.
On board the Reliant
the egg hatches, revealing a young dragonet with an all-black hide. The dragonet refuses... Read More