This month, I’m focusing on fantasy again.
I just read a fantastic series that blends historical fiction and fantasy. Specifically the Napoleonic Wars and dragons.
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik tells the story of Captain Laurence, of His Majesty’s Navy, who becomes bonded to the dragon Temeraire.
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 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.
The series starts with “His Majesty’s Dragon”, and continues through another 7 titles.
My second choice is from well known Science Fiction author David Weber.
He has turned his hand to fantasy in the War God series.
The first book is “Oath of Swords”. Our Hero: The unlikely Paladin, Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer Hradani. He’s no knight in shining armor. He’s a hradani, a race known for their uncontrollable rages, bloodthirsty tendencies, and inability to maintain civilized conduct. None of the other Five Races of man like the hradani. Besides his ethnic burden, Bahzell has problems of his own to deal with: a violated hostage bond, a vengeful prince, a price on his head. He doesn’t want to mess with anybody else’s problems, let alone a god’s. Let alone the War God’s! So how does he end up a thousand leagues from home, neck-deep in political intrigue, assassins, demons, psionicists, evil sorcery, white sorcery, dark gods, good gods, bad poets, greedy landlords, and most of Bortalik Bay? Well, it’s all the War God’s fault.
This is nice because although it is the first book in a series, it does tie itself up nicely at the end.