Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan is the first person story of Isabella, Lady Trent, the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.

Isabella introduces herself, first, as a young girl fascinated with dragons, science, and natural history - all pursuits not appropriate for a woman living in her time. As a young woman of marriageable age, Isabella must not pursue her personal interests; she must concentrate on finding a husband. She is fortunate to meet, at an exhibit of dragons at the king's menagerie, an eligible bachelor who shares her knowledge of and fascination with dragons. When she chances, at a reception, to meet the elderly Lord Hilford, a man with the interest and resources to pursue the study of dragons, Isabella and her husband begin their first expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana.  

In a strong young woman's voice, Isabella describes her way of life and her first learning experiences and explorations with dragons.  There is danger and mystery in her travels. The setting is a fantasy world with similarities to Victorian England.  Maps and illustrations of the dragons studied add to the book's allure. This book is to be the first in a series, so more delights and adventures to come.

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1 comment:

  1. "The Tropic of Serpents", the second novel in the series, is now out. It is full of more delights and adventures. Lady Trent ventures to new locations and meets new people and new dragons. For dragon lovers and lovers of anthropology, natural history, and of good writing.


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