Updated Saturday, 24 November, 2012
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 did graduate work in Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide.
Her first novel, His Majesty’s Dragon, was published in 2006 along with Throne of Jade and Black Powder War, and has been translated into 23 languages. She has won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. The fourth volume of the Temeraire series, Empire of Ivory, published in September 2007, was a New York Times bestseller.
She is one of the founding board members of the Organization for Tranformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the fair-use rights of fan creators, and herself a fanfic writer and fan vidder.
Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six eight computers. (They multiply.)
The above description was taken from Temeraire: the official website of Nomi Novik.
Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the
When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain
Personal note: This book is an awesome start to what looks to be a great series. It does a great job of introducing us to the main characters and story line, and I really enjoyed reading it.
When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious
Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British
Personal note: I enjoyed this book as thoroughly as I did the first book in this series. I’m extremely excited and anxious to read book 3.
After their fateful adventure in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his extraordinary dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid by a mysterious envoy bearing urgent new orders from Britain. Three valuable dragon eggs have been purchased from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire must detour to Istanbul to escort the precious cargo back to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne home before hatching.
Yet disaster threatens the mission at every
Personal note: This book was another solid addition to the Temeraire series. It had me wanting to stay up late at night and take long lunches so that I could keep reading. I am really happy I gave this series a chance, as it has proven to be quite enjoyable reading.
Tragedy has struck His Majesty’s Aerial Corps, whose magnificent fleet of fighting dragons and their human captains valiantly defend England’s shores against the encroaching armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. An epidemic of unknown origin and no known cure is decimating the noble dragons’
Bonaparte’s dragons are already harrowing Britain’s ships at sea. Only one recourse remains: Temeraire and his captain, Will Laurence, must take wing to Africa, whose shores may hold the cure to the mysterious and deadly contagion. On this mission there is no time to waste, and no telling what lies in store beyond the horizon or for those left behind to wait, hope, and hold the line. (book description)
Personal note: In this 4th book in the Temeraire series, Novik has introduced us to an entirely new civilization, further expanding the Temeraire universe. And she still has lots of room to expand even more. Not only that, but I could easilly see her writing another series from the perspective of this newly discovered civilization. And to give us incentive to read the next book in the Temeraire series, she made sure to end this one with a cliffhanger.
Naomi Novik’s triumphant debut, His Majesty’s Dragon, introduced a dynamic new pair of heroes to the annals of fantasy fiction: the noble fighting dragon Temeraire and his master and commander, Capt. Will Laurence, who serves Britain’s peerless Aerial Corps in the thick of the raging Napoleonic Wars. Now, in the latest novel of this dazzling series, they soar to new heights of breathtaking action and brilliant imagination.
It is a grim time for the dragon Temeraire. On the heels of his mission to Africa, seeking the cure for a deadly contagion, he has been removed from military
For Britain, conditions are grimmer still: Napoleon’s resurgent forces have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil. Napoleon’s prime objective: the occupation of London.
Separated by their own government and threatened at every turn by Napoleon’s forces, Laurence and Temeraire must struggle to find each other amid the turmoil of war and to aid the resistance against the invasion before Napoleon’s foothold on England’s shores can become a stranglehold.
If only they can be reunited, master and dragon might rally Britain’s scattered forces and take the fight to the enemy as never
Personal note: Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series just keeps getting better and better. And she still has whole continents to explore. I am eager to see where she goes as she continues the story.