rating: 4 of 5 stars
After the slog that was Toll The Hounds this was a great rip-roaring fantasy read. 800+ screens flicked through my ebook reader and were gone.
First of a series (of course) but very standalone, I think this is Novik’s first book. Writing a little crusty in places but who am I to complain.
A fantasy-history where dragons are real, set in the Napoleanic wars – with some nice not-overdone back history mingled in – we have a luckless Navy Captain becoming the “handler” of a dragon and his move to the Aviation Corps. Hard to say more without spoiling anything, but there are a few surprises and a few obvious parts and some very fun parts.
I will read more of these (although a little peak at the reviews has me a little worried about #2).