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A Natural History of Dragons

By Marie Brennan
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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

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613 Reviews

3.5
Expressionless Face“If I am going to read a book about The Natural History of Dragons there needs to be a LOT more focus on the Natural History of Dragons. I have read Victorian travel memoirs and found them utterly delightful and that is how this started out. I was thoroughly invested in the developing relationship as the expedition set off and dragons were first encountered. And then, it just kind of switched gears and stopped being about an exploration of dragons into something else all together. Meh. Another book with so much promise that feels like it fell short.”
Likable charactersEasy to readUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I didn't know I needed dragons during victorian times, but here I am. I am so in love with the main character and narrator of the series, it's just so interesting to me to read ablut a woman so interested in science (even to the point of obssesion). I think the device of a memoir works really well, and it's really interesting to read about a book where the dragons are just another natural phenomenon in the world. I think the plot at the end went a bit off the raills, I would have enjoyed more seeing more research associated with the dragons. However, I still had a great time reading about it and I'm so excited to continue with the series.”
Characters change and growDescriptive writingImmersive settingRealistic settingComing of age
Slightly Smiling Face“Really like the fact it has a different take on dragons compared to normal fantasy, almost like they’re different types of run of the mill huge lizard 🦎 gives off murder she wrote vibes as well, definitely not new age fantasy vibes so if you’re looking for that, this is not the one for you I shouldn’t think… its nice and short so if you get bored reading at least it’s easy to see through rather than having another added to the DNF list”
Slightly Smiling Face“I normally lean more sci-fi than fantasy, so this was a bit outside my norm, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. A bit Jane Austen, a bit young Indiana Jones. I liked the memoir type narrative and the lack of prolonged world building exposé.”
Likable charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readFast-pacedRealistic settingThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Likable charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingBeautiful settingMagical settingRomantic

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