Here be Dragons

The Barney for most imaginative use of a dragon goes to…

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

This has a fabulous premise – imagine the Napoleonic Wars, but with dragons. And, astonishingly, it works. Temeraire, the dragon of the title, is also the most interesting character in the book, who has his human handler reading works like ‘Principia Mathematica’ to him for entertainment. The dragons are deployed as battleships of the air (sort of) which leads to swashbuckling fun with swords and pistols and boarding parties in mid-air. Great fun.

Full review on Pauline’s other blog here.


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