His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (Alternately titled "Temeraire" in some countries) was the Alternate Pick to the official Sword and Laser Book Club selection A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
Reading period: Dec 1, 2013 - Dec 31, 2013
It was selected as an alternate pick because the official pick was not readily available in many countries/
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His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi NovikEdit
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.
See also Main Pick A Natural History of Dragons