His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain 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.
I always get so excited when I have a chance to re-read His Majesty’s Dragon. It’s a fun fusion of historical fiction and fantasy. It’s just as hard to go wrong with the Napoleonic Era as it is to go wrong with dragons. While not the most serious novel ever written, it is so much fun to read, which is why I’ve read it so many times now. Looking forward to seeing Temeraire and Lawrence next time I pick it up.