Shelf Control #36: His Majesty’s Dragon

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Welcome to the newest weekly feature here at Bookshelf Fantasies… Shelf Control!

Shelf Control is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available, and in most cases, sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers.

Want to join in? See the guidelines and linky at the bottom of the post, and jump on board! Let’s take control of our shelves!


My Shelf Control pick this week is:

Temeraire 1Title: His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
Author: Naomi Novik
Published: 2006
Length: 353 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

How I got it:

I bought it!

When I got it:

Last year, right after I finished reading Uprooted.

Why I want to read it:

Uprooted was one of my very favorite books last year, and as soon as I finished, I knew I needed to read more by Naomi Novik. I picked up book one in the Temeraire series (which is 9 books in all, I think), and just need to finally read it!


Want to participate in Shelf Control? Here’s how:

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link below!
  • And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and have fun!

For more on why I’ve started Shelf Control, check out my introductory post here, or read all about my out-of-control book inventory, here.

And if you’d like to post a Shelf Control button on your own blog, here’s an image to download (with my gratitude, of course!):

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2 thoughts on “Shelf Control #36: His Majesty’s Dragon

    • I know what you mean… which makes me a little nervous about starting! I think I’ll give book #1 a try, and then see if I want to continue the series.

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