Book Report: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

IMG_4475I loved this book. It’s set during the Napoleonic wars, and it reads like it was written then, down to the punctuation. The main character had all the sensibilities of an upper class man of his time. He felt like he walked off the pages of a navy captain’s journal.

And then there were dragons inserted seamlessly into the world.

I can’t recommend this too highly. It’s so far above something like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

My kind of “historical” fiction!

Happy Yarning.

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Book Report: Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

IMG_3493This was a fun read.

I enjoyed Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles as a child, and I was glad to find something else by her to sink my sweet tooth into. Sorcery & Cecelia reminded me at different points of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and any number of Diana Wynne Jones’s books. It combines reality/history with fantasy elements in interesting and entertaining ways.

The format is a collection of letters between two cousins, which is a bit jarring at first, but soon becomes smooth and easy to follow. The story was originally just a letter-writing game between the two authors, which gives me all kinds of fun ideas…

I recommend it for teens and adults, especially those who have enjoyed other regency novels (and especially girls as it is a Girl Power book).

Happy Yarning!