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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik A brilliant take on the dragon-rider concept. Naomi Novik takes a much used concept (featured in Eragon, The Dragonriders of Pern and countless other fantasy novels) and plunges it into a fictional history during the Napoleonic Wars.

As someone who is both a fan of history and fantasy I found this very enjoyable to be reading a novel incorporating both aspects in an enjoyable and excellent manner. His Majesty's Dragon was both short and at the same time well written.

The tale of a man devoted to his duty to serve his country who forms a strong bond with his dragon steed was in my view perhaps the best written example of this genre. I did however have a complaint with how often the male ex ship captain turned dragon rider called his male dragon "my dear." To me that simply felt a very feminine thing for him to be saying and completely out of character. And because it was very noticeable it wrecked the flow of the book for me.

I must note too that this reminded me of the film: How to Train a Dragon. So I couldn't help but feel that perhaps the film makers/ script writers had read this book in the process of creation. There was mention of fire-breathing dragons, acid-spitting dragons, water spouting dragons and wind breathing dragons all of which seemed to appear in the afore-named film. Or perhaps that was just me making a correlation.

Apart from minor disturbances this was a very solid novel and worth reading. A prime example of fantasy and how it should be written.

All that needs to be written now is a novel in which they run a reality TV show to become a dragon rider. Then the fantasy genre's fixation with dragons will be complete.