Chapter One: Blood of Tyrants

Coming August 13, 2013!

Coming August 13, 2013!

Part I

Chapter 1

Water lapping salt at his cheek roused him, a fresh cold trickle finding its way into the hollow of sand where his face rested. It spurred him: with an effort he pushed to hands and knees and then up, to stagger indecorously along the shore and fall again at the foot of several gnarled old pines clinging to the edge of the beach.

His mouth was dry and cracked, his tongue swollen. His hands were clotted with sand. The wind bit sharply through the sodden wool of his coat, stained black with water, and he was barefoot. Slowly, he unfastened the remnants of a leather harness from around his waist: buckles and clasps of good steel, still bright, but heavily waterlogged; he let it fall to the sand. The sword-belt he kept. The blade when he drew it was bright Damascus steel, the hilt wrapped in black ray-skin, the collar the golden head of a dragon. He stared down at it, without recognition. Read More »

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eBook: His Majesty’s Dragon is $0.99!

$0.99. A dollar. A buck.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik is a fantastic read, one of the best books to be published in the last decade, in my opinion. Naomi took the Napoleonic Era—with its fleets of warships and nation conflicts—and threw in aerial corps of dragons. The added fantasy element creates a fascinating series, one loved the world over. Add two great characters in Captain Will Laurence and his dragon companion Temeraire—and their wonderful relationship—and it captures what is best about our

After all, there is a reason Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson optioned the rights to create a live-action movie or television series based on His Majesty’s Dragon. It will make for a great cinematic experience!

Del Rey Books and Naomi have decided to make His Majesty’s Dragon available for $0.99 in eBook. That’s right. It is a perfect introduction to her series.

I mean, you really have no excuse.

Here is a bit more about His Majesty’s Dragon:

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as 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.

So why wait?! It’s only a dollar. Buy the book and read it. Or give the book to a friend or family member! Share the Temeraire series! To see the different formats, click HERE!

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik is available at $0.99 for a limited time!

Ride the winds into battle!

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US Cover & Synopsis: Blood of Tyrants

Blood of Tyrants, the new Temeraire novel by Naomi Novik, will be in bookstores this August!

It is the second to last book in the series. It’s going to be a sad day when that last book publishes. The dragon Temeraire and his friend Captain Will Laurence have been an important part of my fantasy reading life. The Temeraire series is quite simply one of the finest stories being worked on right now—great for both genders, great for all ages. Naomi has created such a wonderful story that even Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson purchased the right to produce live-action movies of the Napoleonic Wars dragon series. I hope we all get to see that one day!

But first, we get Blood of Tyrants! Naomi has finished writing it, finished editing it, and it is now in the capable of hands of the Del Rey Books production team.

Here is an early look at the book—its cover as well as its dust jacket summary! Spoilers ahead!

Naomi Novik’s beloved Temeraire series, a brilliant combination of fantasy and history that reimagines the Napoleonic wars as fought with the aid of intelligent dragons, is a twenty-first-century classic. From the first volume, His Majesty’s Dragon, readers have been entranced by the globe-spanning adventures of the resolute Capt. William Laurence and his brave but impulsive dragon, Temeraire. Now, in Blood of Tyrants, the penultimate volume of the series, Novik is at the very height of her powers as she brings her story to its widest, most colorful canvas yet.

Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England’s already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark—a spark that Laurence and Temeraire may unwittingly provide, leaving Britain faced with new enemies just when they most desperately need allies instead.

For to the west, another, wider conflagration looms. Napoleon has turned on his former ally, the emperor Alexander of Russia, and is even now leading the largest army the world has ever seen to add that country to his list of conquests. It is there, outside the gates of Moscow, that a reunited Laurence and Temeraire—along with some unexpected allies and old friends—will face their ultimate challenge . . . and learn whether or not there are stronger ties than memory.

“These are beautifully written novels: not only fresh, original, and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart.” —Peter Jackson

So, what do you think? Do things sound dire for Temeraire and Laurence? Will Napoleon get his desires for world dominance? Will Iskierka be around? And will Temeraire be friends with an amnesiac Laurence?

I guess we’ll find out when Blood of Tyrants publishes August 13, 2013!

More soon!

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Crucible of Gold UK Date Announced!

Crucible of Gold now has a UK publication date!

Crucible will be published on April 30, 2013 in the UK. No word on who is doing the cover or what the cover may look like. When we get an image of it, we’ll be sure to post it.

No word yet when Blood of Tyrants, the next Temeraire novel, will publish in the UK. It has a tentative US release date for August 13, 2013. When Naomi and I have a UK date, we will most definitely share it with you all!

In other news, Naomi has finished the first draft of Blood of Tyrants. It is currently being edited. No word on a tour yet. When Naomi and I know something more, we’ll share it. For sure, for sure! :)

Stay tuned!

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Video: Naomi On Story Board

Taking a short break from finishing Blood of Tyrants, Naomi stopped by Story Board with moderator Patrick Rothfuss and authors Peter V. Brett, Myke Cole, and Saladin Ahmed!

In this video, Naomi talks about D&D, how it helped shape her writing, and other fun things!

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FanArt Contest: Old Temeraire

Every Friday a new piece of artwork from the fanart contest will be posted on this website!

Old Temeraire by Sarah Arcand

“A brief future scene of Temeraire as a very old dragon.” — Naomi Read More »

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FanArt Contest: Breakfast Mishap

Every Friday a new piece of artwork from the fanart contest will be posted on this website!

Breakfast Mishap by Sam Pipes

“This is another Feast or Famine illustration, and will be a snippet of that story from Maximus’s perspective.” — Naomi Read More »

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FanArt Contest: Temeraire with Baby Regal Copper

Every Friday a new piece of artwork from the fanart contest will be posted on this website!

Temeraire with Baby Regal Copper by Nickol Martin

“Temeraire and Laurence babysitting — possibly a young Kulingile, possibly a different hatchling entirely.” — Naomi Read More »

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FanArt Contest: Join, or Die

Every Friday a new piece of artwork from the fanart contest will be posted on this website!

Join, or Die by Michelle Brenner

“A bit of the American Revolution in the Temeraire universe!” — Naomi Read More »

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FanArt Contest: Horned Dragon

Every Friday a new piece of artwork from the fanart contest will be posted on this website!

Horned Dragon by Maria Nagy

“Along with Kyle Bice’s work, an illustration from Sir Edward Howe’s latest scholarly work on the dragons of the East.” — Naomi Read More »

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