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Temeraire

(2006)
(His Majesty's Dragon)
(The first book in the Temeraire series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W. Campbell Best Book
As Napoleon's tenacious infantry rampages across Europe and his armada lies in wait for Nelson's smaller fleet, the war does not rage on land and water alone. Squadrons of aviators swarm the skies - a deadly shield for the cumbersome canon-firing vessels. Raining fire and acid upon their enemies, they engage in a swift, violent combat with flying tooth and claw... for these aviators ride dragons.

Captain Laurence is a satisfied man with a respectable commission aboard the ship Reliant. His career is born from a love for the sea and he takes his duty very seriously

Months before the battle of Trafalgar, on patrol in the Atlantic, The Reliant takes a small French frigate, storm-damaged and possessing a fierce crew unwilling to surrender as easily as they should. On board Laurence finds a dragon egg - a great prize as England is in sore need.

Having spent months on a slow journey from Asia, the egg hatches. A sinewy new-born emerges from the fragmented shell, ignores his harness-bearer, approaches Laurence and changes his life.

Hatchling dragons must be put in a harness immediately otherwise the dragon-young become hard to control - fit only for the breeding colonies. The person chosen to first harness the beast must be an aviator, for the dragon will accept no other captain. The life of an aviator is not a desirable one; reviled by fashionable society, they live hard, lonely lives bound to duty and they frequently die young. Laurence must now join them; duty demands it, though his heart is broken.

But, more astonishing than the dragonet - named Temeraire by Laurence - are the documents found with him, documents addressed to Napoleon from the greatest, most skilled dragon-breeders in the world - the Chinese.

The dragon Temeraire was meant for the Emperor Napoleon himself and promises to grow into no ordinary creature.

Genre: Fantasy
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Praise for this book

"Temeraire is a terrifically entertaining fantasy novel. Is it hard to imagine a cross between Susanna Clarke, of Norrell and Strange fame, and the late Patrick O'Brian? Not if you've read this wonderful, arresting novel." - Stephen King

"A splendid novel. The plot was excellent, extraordinary in that the reader has no idea where it's leading. Let's hope this is the first of many from Naomi Novik." - Anne McCaffrey


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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 1-59606-148-0 / 978-1-59606-148-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean
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April 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 1-4352-5789-8 / 978-1-4352-5789-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-04-18
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March 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1, Signed Limited edition)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 1-59606-146-4 / 978-1-59606-146-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean
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January 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0-00-721909-1 / 978-0-00-721909-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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Paperback Editions

July 2014 : UK Paperback

Title: Temeraire
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0-00-757891-1 / 978-0-00-757891-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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June 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0-00-745142-3 / 978-0-00-745142-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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August 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon: Book 1 / Throne of Jade: Book 2 / Black Powder War: Book 3 (Temeraire Box Set)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0-345-48924-1 / 978-0-345-48924-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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August 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Temeraire (Temeraire 1) [a.k.a. His Majesty's Dragon]
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0-00-725871-2 / 978-0-00-725871-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Temeraire (Temeraire series book 1)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0-00-721911-3 / 978-0-00-721911-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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March 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0-345-48128-3 / 978-0-345-48128-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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January 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0-00-721910-5 / 978-0-00-721910-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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Audio Editions

October 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1
Author(s): Naomi Novik
Publisher: Books on Tape
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June 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN: 0-7393-5413-2 / 978-0-7393-5413-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon
Author(s): Naomi novik
ISBN: 1-4159-4014-2 / 978-1-4159-4014-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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March 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1
Author(s): Naomi Novik
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1
Author(s): Naomi Novik
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2009 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Naomi Novik
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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March 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: His Majesty's Dragon: A Novel of Temeraire
Author(s): Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
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