A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Posted May 26, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie BrennanA Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Series: Memoir by Lady Trent #1
Published by Tor Books on February 5th 2013
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Pages: 334
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

Main points

I loved this book. It was more of a memoir than an actual history of dragons (however fictional) but it was still entertaining and suspenseful. And I really did love the role of the dragons in it.

I probably loved the writing the most. It was so old-fashioned and kinda Victorian era. And every now and then there would be some high-level humor and I love that.

Isabella is such a cool character. She’s so smart and witty and eager for knowledge and curious even though it sometimes gets her in trouble. That’s how she has so many adventures! Her main battles are against men—those who don’t believe in her as much as they should and those who are just plain evil.

The story quickly becomes an intricate plot based more on the evil doings of men than issues with dragons, but it kinda connects. It gets a little complicated but never boring. There’s a lot going on at once, always.

I enjoyed it even though it wasn’t too much what I expected and I am eager for the rest of the series.

 reaction upon finishing

Wow! That was crazy!

this book in one word



About Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of the Doppelganger, Onyx Court, Wilders, and Memoirs of Lady Trent series of fantasy novels.

Overall: five-stars


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