Wednesday, June 30, 2010

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (Book 2006)

This was definitely a fantastic book. It was one of those that totally sucked you in and kept you reading more. The best part was that it was free for the Kindle edition so you got to read the first in the series to see if it is worth paying for the rest (It's currently a 6-book series). I would have to say yes.

The writing style of the author, Naomi Novik, is very interesting because she totally writes in the period of the setting, which is around the early 1800s - the Napoleonic Wars. It's different, but not too confusing as in some stuff from the much earlier Shakespeare era.

The story takes place in an alternate universe of sorts. It's the 1800s and there is a war brewing, but Dragons are commonplace and are the main bulk of air warfare. The kicker is that the dragons themselves are self-aware and can communicate, so it is like having a talking dog. Now that would be badass...a talking dog (Like Dug from Up) . So yeah you take the main character who is a British Naval Officer, a talking dragon, and a war, what do you get? A wonderfully written story that is both exciting and engaging where you actually care about all main characters.

The rest of the books in the series will cost around $6.29 but I definitely think that it'll be worth it. Yeah hopefully other publishers will see the benefit in giving away some books for free. If it can convince the reader to buy more books I think they will still make money; I would've never run across this book if it wasn't free. Just think how many other books are out there that I'm missing out on.
Rating - High