Impossible to put down, this historical fantasy is inventive and entertaining from the beginning. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, aerial combat adds another dimension to battle. Dragons are bred and coveted by countries to add to their military's defenses and attacks. Britain isn't known for having the best or most exotic dragon breeds but they make do with what they have. When a British ship captures a French vessel they find a beautiful dragon egg inside Little does the British naval captain know how much his life is about to change. Overnight Captain Will Laurence will go from being a respected Navy Captain to a "lowly" Aerial Combatant. Little does he realize how much he will grow to love his new job and his dragon, Temeraire, a unique and spellbinding beauty. A wonderful book, I'm not big on dragon novels but this one is a cut above and I LOVED the main characters. I can't wait to read the rest in the series!