This book follows almost immediately on the previous one. Captain Will Laurence and his dragon, Temeraire, have been in Britain’s aviator corps for less then a year. The Chinese have discovered that the dragon egg they sent to Napoleon was captured in battle by the British and that their Celestial dragon is exposed to the dangers of the Napoleonic wars and, worse yet, companioned by a mere gentleman instead of a prince, king, or emperor. They demand that the two be separated and that the dragon be restored to China, where he can have a royal companion. Both Laurence and Temeraire refuse to be separated, so they are sent together.
The whole question of dragon transport is well thought out and the scenes in China, where dragons are common, are fascinating. Of course, there’s a plot, too, with clashing personalities, intrigues, and danger. I enjoyed this book a great deal and raced through it in a few days.