Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, A

Marie Brennan
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

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-12-26
I've wanted to try these books for ages. My little head wanted this one to be a mix of Jane Austen and Charles Darwin. My expectations honestly weren't disappointed at all! I liked this quite a bit better than Austen vs Zombies.
This is a retrospective memoir, written decades after our heroine's first scientific expedition. Her foreshadowing is as heavy as one might expect given the premise. Lady Trent as a narrator is harsher on her younger self than on any other character, which makes a great deal of sense. Her sense of wonder and fascination with her obsession are well conveyed. This isn't a story to gush about but it's absolutely a great start to what will no doubt be an awkward series of adventures.
I'll be reading book two.
Reviewed: 2018-02-28
I read it in about 2 days. Interesting enough to grab my attention but not enough dragons. Set in the Victorian years with Lady Trent, being young to age 19, trying to hide her obsession of dragons while fitting into society for her mother’s sake. Found a husband ok with her reading, being into dragons, and not 100% to society rules of being a wife/ woman. Goes on an exturison to far off place to find and study dragons. Troubles happen, husband dies, and decides she’ll still be dragon lady.
Reviewed: 2015-11-28
I don't know what I was expecting with this book. I had a hard time getting into the writing style, then fell in love with her modern ideas in a victorian setting. I do think I expected more dragons. But I did enjoy her adventures and I rather think I would feel as out of time as she did had I lived in that age. Overall an enjoyable read, but I don't know that I will continue the series.
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