"The deck of the French ship was slippery with blood, heaving in the choppy sea; a stroke might as easily bring down the man making it as the intended target."
"Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.
When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire. "
Great historical fantasy! I liked how dragons and their active participation in aerial combat was a natural part of the society. I also liked the relationship between Laurence and his dragon friend Temeraire. I look forward to the next book in the series, A Throne of Jade.
Date read: 6/3/07
Book #: 46
Series: Temeraire, #1
Rating: 4* = great
Publisher: Del Rey
# of pages: 384