/ Key title Naomi Novik's stunning series of novels follow the adventures of Cpt Laurence and his dragon Temeraire as they travel from the shores of Britain to China and Africa. / Strong new jacket look to match recently re-issued backlist / A targeted marketing push will raise awareness among the key fanbase / Competition: Pullman, Rowling, McCaffrey, Paollini
Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, a first-generation American, and raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to work in the games industry. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn working on a game in Canada, she realized she preferred the writing to the programming, and, on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels. Temeraire is her first.
In Novik's earlier fantasies (His Majesty's Dragon, etc.), readers soared to Europe and Asia on the wings of an intriguing premise: How would the Napoleonic Wars have played out if dragons not only existed, but participated in the war effort? The fourth part of Novik's engrossing answer sweeps readers off to Africa, where the cure to the disease that has decimated England's dragon forces may be found. The African adventures of British captain Will Laurence, his dragon Temeraire and their bedraggled band of aerial corps make up the book's latter half, which showcases Novik's knack for weaving dragons and dragon lore into a vivid, well-researched historical tapestry. In Africa's wild interior, dragons shepherd and feed from elephant caravans while protecting the native villagers. This protection includes waging war against England's slave-seeking colonists, a clash that Laurence and his band may not escape unscathed. Novik fills the conflict's lead-up with lengthy meditations on dragon civil rights and England's abolition movement, making for a fitful, pedantic first half. But most will find the richness of Novik's developing world-and characters-to be worthy compensation for the slow start. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
`These are beautifully written novels, not only fresh, original
and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real
'Novik won me over with her first novel. the combination of
history, sympathetic characters, and an engaging style makes this
series great, intelligent fun.'
`Plenty of intrigue, swordplay, exotic locations, plausible
invention. In short a treat'
`Novik has stirred the passions with a genre-busting historical
fantasy of the first order'