A splendid series. Anne McCaffrey Naomi Novik has done for the
Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for science fiction:
constructed an alternate reality in which dragons are real in a
saga that is impressively original, fully developed, and peopled
with characters you care about. David Weber, author of the Honor
Harrington series After their fateful adventure in China, Capt.
Will Laurence of His Majesty s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary
dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent
new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been
purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must
detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England.
Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before
hatching. Yet disaster threatens the mission at every turn thanks
to the diabolical machinations of the Chinese dragon Lien, who
blames Temeraire for her master s death and vows to ally herself
with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, faced with shattering
betrayal in an unexpected place, Laurence, Temeraire, and their
squad must launch a daring offensive. But what chance do they have
against the massed forces of Bonaparte s implacable army?"