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A Good Beach Read
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2009
This is an interesting concept: Basically, Napoleanic times as they were...except there are dragons. Clearly the author is a history buff of the times as she adds a precise flavor of the times and language of the times. The concept of sapient dragons partnered with humans has been done before (e.g. Pern, etc.), but this is a very original, and entertaining take.
That said, these first three books are the kind you enjoy for the prose and where you don't want to think a lot. Good concept, but there is absolutely NO depth to the human characters, even the main protagonist, and except for two dragon characters, little in the dragons' either. Even then, it is paper thin. Virtually everyone could be anyone else in the stories.
Still, they are enjoyable reads and will keep you entertained (I read the first three back to back) as long as you understand what you're getting into. You could do a lot worse.
BTW, the next two are considerably better. Still not much characterization, but the societies (human and dragon) are more fleshed out, there is good feel for how different those times were from ours, and "weightier" issues enter into play.