HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON, by Naomi Novik
Europe. After a spirited engagement between his ship and a French vessel, British Navy officer Will Lawrence boards the merchantman to find its most precious cargo is a dragon's egg. Ready to hatch, the emerging dragon does the unexpected and adopts Lawrence as its captain, forcing the reluctant officer to abandon his Navy career and enter the despised Aerial Corps. Lawrence's first act is to name the dragon: Temeraire, after Nelson's famous warship; a most unusual name for a dragon. But, this is a most unusual dragon, as Lawrence soon finds out. A delightful compound of alternative history and dragon fantasy, this seamless tale is the start of a series you will not want to miss. You will be transported into a very real universe, and lvoe every mintue of it. I can hardly wait for the next one! A 5.