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A Natural History of Dragons : A Memoir by Lady Trent

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A Natural History of Dragons : A Memoir by Lady Trent

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The 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 eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana.

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The 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 eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana.

Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.

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.

"Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A Natural History of Dragons

An NPR Best Book of 2013

The Lady Trent Memoirs
1. A Natural History of Dragons
2. The Tropic of Serpents
3. Voyage of the Basilisk
4. In the Labyrinth of Drakes
5. Within the Sanctuary of Wings

Specifications

Series Title
The Lady Trent Memoirs
Publisher
Tom Doherty Associates
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
336
Author
Marie Brennan
ISBN-13
9780765331960
Publication Date
February, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.56 x 5.94 x 1.16 Inches
ISBN-10
0765331969
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Genteel fun in a wonderfu

Genteel fun in a wonderfully faux-Victorian way. It's actually written in a style that I generally dislike - including the silly chapter sub-headings -, but the author's skill manages to make it shine in a way very few others have. It's the retrospective memoirs of the invented, but in her world now (in)famous Lady Trent. It opens with her as a young girl, in a proper landed family, discovering her joy in amateur biology and the science of Natural History. Such things weren't proper for a young lady of course, but in the countryside they do things differently, and her father aided her convenience around the most correct manners. Isabel's attraction started with Sparkling's thought to be a type of insect, and her interest was resurrected after her marriage as a discreet hobby. Most of the latter half of the book is then an account of an expedition she manages to inveigle her away upon. It is to an alternate eastern europe by the geography, high mountain karst, peppered with small villages, hidden caves and a complex feudal political situation. But also populated by dragons, and it is these that the company have come to study. Of course a story about the natural history of dragons would probably become dry quite quickly, and this isn't. Mostly it's about the made-up politics of the region and how the small group of informal scientists discover enough about the goings on to provide assistance. In the style of many Victorian explorers they had neither the local language, nor any understanding of the culture, and instead came burdened with expectations that as they came from a richer country they'd be able to do as they liked. Isabel's sly asides as to how her attitudes have changed, and her accounts of 'proper' scientific practise made this far more enjoyable than I've managed to describe. Great fun. I'm not sure how much more of this the series will stand, as a technique could pale quite quickly, but it was very engaging writing.

A proper young lady shoul

A proper young lady should not be obsessed with the study of dragons (or any scientific or academic pursuit, really), but Isabella's parents have never been able to fully discourage her from this odd obsession. When she is fortunate enough to find a husband who does not discourage her from reading scientific texts, she feels that she has been as fortunate as she has any right to expect - but then she hears about an expedition to study dragons firsthand . . . I've been hearing about this series here and there for at least a few years now, and I can't think why it's taken me this long to read it! It's just my thing, what with dragons and the quasi-historical setting that draws in mannerpunk characteristics. I'm delighted to see that there are several more books in the series. I also highly recommend the audiobook version, as Kate Reading's narration is top-notch.

I picked this up based on

I picked this up based on the strong recommendation of a friend. Be forewarned that if you get this as an ebook, you will miss some of the elegance of the printed hardcover. I chose the ebook simply because my apartment is still overflowing with printed books and there is simply no room. This is set in a true fantasy world, but anyone familiar with Regency or Victorian England will feel right at home in Scirland. Drustanev, where Isabella goes to study dragons in the wild has the feel of Imperialist Russia. The book is a combination of memoir and scientific study. The pen-and-ink drawings done by Isabella expand nicely in the Kindle version (I have the Android app; your mileage may vary) and help establish the scientific journal feel. There is also a mystery tucked into the book -- why have the dragons in this region started changing their habits? I fell in love with Isabella (especially the older Isabella who is writing her memoirs) and the book. I have already gotten the next book in the series. My favorite quotations are these: .. 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. and Sheep eat the grass, wolves eat the deer, and dragons eat everything that doesn't run away fast enough. Who would like it? I think fans of Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody series who also like fantasy would quickly fall in love with it. Fans of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate might also like it.

I devoured this book! I l

I devoured this book! I loved Isabella right away and her voice. She was super fun, sassy, and engaging. The writing was on point, I really liked the story telling and the style the adventure was delivered in. I quite enjoyed the side characters as well, they were quite well developed and I hope to see more of them in later books. The plot was well developed and I really liked the delivery. It was interesting and there were so many good aspects. The mystery, intrigue, and adventure were great. I wish there was a little more of the dragons, but overall, I liked the introduction to the world and Lady Trent. Definitely will continue with this series!

This is the first of five

This is the first of five books in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Previous to reading this book I had also read Brennan's Doppleganger series (enjoyed it) and the first book in her Onyx Court series (didn't like it). This is a historical fantasy of sorts and is told from an aged Lady Trent's POV. She tells the reader about her childhood and her start into the research of dragons. I ended up enjoying this quite a bit. I listened to this on audiobook and really enjoyed it. Kate Reading always does a phenomenal job narrating and I loved listening to her read this book. I would highly recommend listening to this on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks. I love this kind of Victorian fantasy, and despite being a bit slow at times, I really enjoyed this. I love how scientific minded Lady Trent is and how she is portrayed throughout. She has a witty and dry sense of humor and is never overly sentimental. There isn't any romance in this book, so if you are looking for that don't look here. Overall this was a great read and I will definitely continue this series. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book. I would recommend to those who enjoy Victorian fantasies about mythical creatures.
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