Temeraire – Naomi Novik

Temeraire would be hard to top for sheer fun reading, in the same way that Harry Potter has a style that’s absolutely no effort to read whatsoever, Temeraire is pure entertainment – but not in a dumbed-down way I hasten to add. As far as I’m aware it’s being sold as an adult title, but frankly it would work for children just as well and is one of those books where it doesn’t really matter what age you are!

Having been somewhat skeptical about whether I wanted to read a book full of dragons (not due to any particular reading experience, just concerns over the approach an author might take when they’re writing a book all about dragons) I was pleasantly surprised. Temeraire himself is endearing in his dragony innocence and situation itself is nicely conceived – there could have been more detail about the world, the handling and rearing of dragons, and Lawrence’s position in society but they’re all small niggles and ones that didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all. I think this fully deserves to be a huge cross-over hit it most likely will be if Peter Jackson does make the movie and I’ll be buying the next in the series soon enough!

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