Golden Age and Other Stories by Naomi Novik

Many thanks go to Net Galley and the publisher, Subterranean Press, for granting me approving my request for an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sometime ago I was introduced to the world of Temeraire by Naomi Novik. The very idea of a Napoleonic era with dragons being used like modern day aircraft is so clever. Golden Age is a collection of short stories set in this same world.

The collection is brilliant, with only one or two exeptions. As with Temeraire, the writing flows like lightning across the page and the stories leap out and grab you by the throat! There is even one section of 100 word stories which are superb fun and must have been a joy to write, although I imagine sticking to the word count would have been hard!

By far the most memorable story for me is one which sees Temeraire meet Pride and Prejudice. It's incredibly funny and quite fitting. I think it is a must for all fans of both worlds! Just imagine Elizabeth Bennet riding on an enormous dragon as her captain and unable to follow her heart's desire to be with Darcy, and you can kind of picture this story well. It is the longest in the book, but by far the best formed and most enjoyable!

Overall, it's a collection worth reading, even if, with most short story collections, it has one or two negatives.

Star rating: 4/5
This book will be published on 31st August 2017

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