Temeraire Series: In His Majesty’s Service - Part 1
"If you would like to have your ship back," Temeraire said, "I will let someone else ride me. Not him, because he says things that are not true; but I will not make you stay."
Laurence stood motionless for a moment, his hands still on Temeraire’s head, with the dragon’s warm breath curling around him.
"No, my dear," he said at last, softly, knowing it was only the truth. "I would rather have you than any ship in the Navy."
-His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik