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His Majesty’s Dragon

Book One of the Temeraire

Par / By Naomi Novik

#1 Temeraire


[FR] L’auteur du best-seller du New York Times, A Deadly Education, nous offre le premier tome “terriblement divertissant” (Stephen King) de la série Temeraire, dans laquelle les guerres napoléoniennes sont menées par des dragons.


[EN] From the New York Times bestselling author of A Deadly Education comes the “terrifically entertaining” (Stephen King) first volume of the Temeraire series, in which the Napeolonic Wars are fought with dragons.

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De vaillants guerriers se portent à la défense de la Grande-Bretagne en prenant les airs… non pas à bord d’avions, mais sur le dos puissant de dragons de combat. Lorsque le HMS Reliant capture une frégate française et s’empare de sa précieuse cargaison, un œuf de dragon non éclos, le destin entraîne le capitaine Will Laurence de sa vie de marin vers un avenir incertain – et une parenté inattendue avec une créature des plus extraordinaires. Propulsé dans le monde raréfié de l’Aerial Corps en tant que maître du dragon Temeraire, il devra suivre un cours intensif sur les tactiques audacieuses de la bataille aérienne. Alors que les forces françaises à bord du dragon se rallient pour pénétrer sur le sol britannique dans le cadre de la manœuvre la plus audacieuse de Bonaparte, Laurence et Temeraire doivent s’envoler vers leur propre baptême du feu.


Valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies…not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons. 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.

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Auteur.rice / Author

Naomi Novik est l’auteur des best-sellers du New York Times A Deadly Education et The Last Graduate, des romans primés Uprooted et Spinning Silver, ainsi que de la série Temeraire. Elle est l’une des fondatrices de l’Organization for Transformative Works et de l’Archive of Our Own. Elle vit à New York avec sa famille et ses six ordinateurs.


Naomi Novik is the New York Times bestselling author of A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate, the award-winning novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, and the Temeraire series. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own. She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.


“These are beautifully written novels—not only fresh, original, and fast paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart. [The Temeraire series] is a terrific meld of two genres that I particularly love—fantasy and historical epic.”—Peter Jackson

“A terrifically entertaining fantasy novel . . . Is it hard to imagine a cross between Susanna Clarke, of Norrell and Strange fame, and the late Patrick O’Brian? Not if you’ve read this wonderful, arresting novel.”—Stephen King

“A splendid series . . . Not only is it a new way to utilize dragons, it’s a very clever one and fits neatly into the historical niche this author has used.”—Anne McCaffrey

“Just when you think you’ve seen every variation possible on the dragon story, along comes Naomi Novik. Her wonderful Temeraire is a dragon for the ages.”—Terry Brooks

“Enthralling reading—it’s like Jane Austen playing Dungeons & Dragons with Eragon’s Christopher Paolini.”—Time

“A completely authentic tale, brimming with all the detail and richness one looks for . . . as well as the impossible wonder of gilded fantasy.”Entertainment Weekly (Editor’s Choice, Grade: A)

“Novik has accomplished something singular with her Temeraire series. . . . At its heart, it’s a story about friendship that transcends not only time and class, but species.”—NPR

“[Naomi Novik] is soaring on the wings of a dragon.”The New York Times

“A thrilling fantasy . . . All hail Naomi Novik.”The Washington Post Book World

“An amazing performance . . . [I] was immediately hooked by the writing, the research and the sheer courage of the whole enterprise.”Chicago Tribune

“Novik’s influences run the gamut from Jane Austen to Patrick O’Brian, with a side trip through Anne McCaffrey. Her books are completely involving and probably addictive, their central conceit explored in clever detail with a great deal of wit and historical insight.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Something new and quite wonderful . . . The Temeraire trilogy could well be this year’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.”BookPage

“A superbly written, character-driven series . . . What keeps one turning the pages is the urge to find out what happens next to Captain Laurence and Temeraire, characters who win one’s heart from the beginning. Bravo!”Booklist (starred review)