Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of "His Majesty's Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, ""Victory of Eagles, "and" Tongues of Serpents, "the first six volumes of the Temeraire series, recently optioned by Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In 2007, Novik received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the World Science Fiction Convention. A history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era, Novik studied English literature at Brown University, then did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide. She is also the author of the graphic novel "Will Supervillains Be on the Final? "Novik lives in New York City with her family and six computers. "From the Hardcover edition."