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His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1)

His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik The perfect combination of historical fiction and sci-fi, this book adds a twist to the Napoleonic wars ... dragons. The British and the French are battling for control on the seas, on the ground, and now in the air. When naval captain William Laurence discovers a dragon egg as part of the cargo in a captured French ship, he joins Britain's corps of dragon riders. The egg contains a rare Chinese Imperial dragon who Laurence names Temeraire. The book is a first in a series that cover the exploits and battles of Laurence and his dragon. Great series, filled with descriptive air battles, as well as some interesting moral issues. Beautifully narrated by the best of narrators - Simon Vance.