I have news today!
As I’m two weeks away from the end of the Riverside Read Along at this point, I got to thinking about books and/or series I could continue the Twitter live reading with, as it’s turned out to be a lot of fun so far. I recently ran a Twitter poll to help me decide which of a few options to go with next, and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire came out on top! So here’s the info on the live read for Book 1, Temeraire (or His Majesty’s Dragon if you’re in the US).
Captain Will Laurence has been at sea since he was just twelve years old; finding a warmer berth in Nelson’s navy than any he enjoyed as the youngest, least important son of Lord Allendale. Rising on merit to captain his own vessel, Laurence has earned himself a beautiful fiancee, society’s esteem and a golden future. But the war is not going well. It seems Britain can only wait as Napoleon plans to overrun her shores.
After a skirmish with a French ship, Laurence finds himself in charge of a rare cargo: a dragon egg bound for the Emperor himself. Dragons are much prized: properly trained, they can mount a fearsome attack from the skies.
One of Laurence’s men must take the beast in hand and join the aviators’ cause, thus relinquishing all hope of a normal life. But when the newly-hatched dragon ignores the young midshipman Laurence chose as its keeper and decides to imprint itself on the horrified captain instead, Laurence’s world falls apart. Gone is his golden future: gone his social standing, and soon his beautiful fiancee, as he is consigned to be the constant companion and trainer of the fighting dragon Temeraire.
Historical fiction! Naval battles! DRAGONS!
I’m half in love with this already and I haven’t even opened the book. So! If you’re new to the series or already familiar with it, why not join me a few Sundays from now as I set about exploring another new-to-me fantasy series? Here’s the schedule for the first book, courtesy of my good friend M:
- Week 1: Sunday 15th May – chapters 1 to 3
- Week 2: Sunday 22nd May – chapters 4 to 6
- Week 3: Sunday 29th May – chapters 7 to 9
- Week 4: Sunday 5th June – chapters 10 to Epilogue
The Twitter readings will continue to begin at 9pm BST (if you aren’t following me, you can find me here!), using the hashtag #Temeraire. Hopefully I’ll see you all there!