Have you read any of Naomi Novik‘s Temeraire series? No? Sit down and treat yourself to the first one, His Majesty’s Dragon. You’ll stumble in surprise as you read the first few pages, only to find yourself running, tearing through chapters until you’ve finished the first book before you even truly realize you’d begun it. The series is a mad combination of the geniuses of C.S. Forester, Patrick O’Brian, and Jane Austen, and is studded throughout with the strangely fitting addition of dragons. I found it too odd to pass up, and then too good to put down. Blood of Tyrants is an excellent continuation of the series.