Review: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Title: A Natural History of Dragons (A Memoir By Lady Trent)
Author: Marie Brennan
Publisher: Tor
Published: February 4, 2014
Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7653-7507-0
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher

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

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.

My thoughts:
I love the Victorian era and I love dragons. Put those two together and you get A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. Brennan brings us the story of Lady Trent, though she's not Lady Trent just yet, and tells it in the form of a memoir. I know that thought sometimes will turn people away, but please don't. You'll miss a great book. Because even though it's written in Memoir form it's really exciting.

Lady Trent has been fascinated by dragons since she was a little girl. She had an affinity for science, but it was frowned upon in her day. Ladies were encouraged to be curious not knowledgeable. Which is frustrating to her and me. Lady Trent journals her struggles and curiosity and finally the greatest adventure of her life. She joins her husband on an expedition to research dragons. But it's not a simple trip. There is danger, mystery, and intrigue. 

I enjoyed this book cover to cover. Brennan includes illustrations of dragons that go along with their findings. Lady Trent is an endearing character. You can easily sympathize with all her character has to go through. Although sometimes her curiosity was her downfall, it's also her saving grace. After I read the last page, I immediately wanted to read more. Lucky for me the next book The Tropic of Serpents is out now! 

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