Diane of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik:
Naomi Novik’s exciting series about intelligent dragons and their human riders has won multiple awards for best new writer. The series so far consists of His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, and Victory of Eagles. The Times of London called the Temeraire series, “Patrick O’Brian crossed with Anne McCaffrey: historic, seafaring adventure, with dragons.”
Most days Ms. Novik can be found with her laptop in a cafe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the few places where she can concentrate enough to churn out the 6,000 words that she considers adds up to a productive day.