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A Natural History of Dragons 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

  • Title: A Natural History of Dragons
  • Author: Marie Brennan
  • ISBN: 9780765375070
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Natural History of Dragons By 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 so than the study of dragons itself But such study offers rewards beyond compare to stand in a dragon s presence, even for the briefeMarie 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 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 DragonsAn NPR Best Book of 2013
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    1. A Natural History of Dragons A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan, is a superb novel in every regard It s a classic, first person adventure full of travel, science, and of course, dragons The writing is clean, concise, and well assured The characters are interesting especially the main one, Isabella The plotting is clockwork tight And the worldbuilding is a masterpiece of sophisticated evocation It s clear that Brennan has put an enormous amount of thought and research into her craft From a [...]

    2. It turns out, and I wouldn t have discovered this without reading A Natural History of Dragons, that I really like dragons slaying, riding, attacking, hoarding, speaking, snoozing, probably even over easy but to witness them studied for science bored me to death.I feel really bad about this, because there are some great things about this book, I just couldn t wait for it to be over.A Natural History of Dragons is a memoir of the life of the famous Lady Trent, who tells about her first interest i [...]

    3. I like books about people who like books Perhaps it s because it immediately allows me to sympathise with the protagonist as a bond of kinship is created Or perhaps it s because reading about books is a double winner Well, either way it creates a novel that is easy to relate to and easy to become engrossed in.A well created discipline This is not a standard novel it is in the form of a memoir of sorts Lady Trent is writing, what is essentially, her life story She is now an aged and accredited dr [...]

    4. This was a pleasant enough read It was really a story about a feisty young Victorian woman than it was about dragons though You could just have easily had the same story, but with lions or bears for example I m glad I finally got round to this book one of those that I have been meaning to try for a long while Would I continue the series Maybe as a filler.

    5. Phenomenal A perfect combination of light hearted science adventures and some serious consideration of the restriction of women s and men s lives in patriarchies Oh and dragons, let s not forget the dragons I came in for the dragon based adventure times and got smacked right in the feels Just read it.

    6. 5 Stars I loved this book I knew I loved this book after reading only two pages of it I m finding it difficult to say anything right now because I loved it that much This series may even become an all time favorite if each book is as good or better than this one.Though this book is called A Natural History of Dragons it is really about Lady Trent and how she initially became interested in dragons and also her experience on her first dragon studying expedition This book also deals with the strug [...]

    7. A Lovely book and great summer read, but oh how I wish things had turned out differently view spoiler Not sure I d want to continue the series now that Jacob is gone I hadn t intended to become attached to Isabella and Jacob s relationship it just happened and now that he s gone, it feels as though much of the strength and spirit of the story are gone along with him hide spoiler.

    8. It took me a long time to pick this up I always loved the cover, but something about it kept me from thinking it was going to be up my alley I was wrong and I m glad I finally decided to give this one a chance It probably turned into a 3.5 star book for me but I m rounding up.It s definitely a different sort of book it s got a very Victorian feel I guess this should be obvious given that s the sort of setting the author is trying for, but sometimes that feels like a barrier from me connecting fu [...]

    9. Executive Summary The book has surprisingly few dragons in it for being in the title of the book It s still a decent book, but I found myself underwhelmed by the end of it.Full ReviewI was hesitant to read this book when it was announced as the December pick for Sword Laser I like dragons, but the concept of this book made me apprehensive.I ended up really enjoying the start of this book though It really appealed to my inner scientist that wants to categorize things and understand how they work. [...]

    10. Genuinely I loved this I picked this up at long last at what I felt was the perfect time not only had two of my great friends been recently discussing it and saying how much they enjoyed it Paul and Elizabeth but they also mentioned the focus on anatomy and science and drawing of Dragons I ve owned this book for literally years now, and I felt like it was about time I got to reading it I m so glad that the time I chose to start it was also the time when I was involved in drawing Dinosaur anatomy [...]

    11. Originally reviewed on Kirkus SFF BlogBe warned, then the collected volumes of this series will contain frozen mountains, foetid swamps, hostile foreigners, hostile fellow countrymen, the occasional hostile family member, bad decisions, misadventures in orienteering, diseases of an unromantic sort, and a plentitude of mind You continue at your own risk It is not for the faint of heart no so than the study of dragons itself.At the age of seven, Lady Isabella Hende discovers a lifelong passion fo [...]

    12. The preface drew me in with its strong voice and promise to relate the adventure filled career of a lady naturalist in an alternate Victorian age, studying dragons The book itself is entertaining, but doesn t quite live up to that promise.A Natural History of Dragons is the first in what looks to be a long series of fictionalized memoirs of Isabella, Lady Trent, a dragon naturalist In this book, Isabella briefly takes readers through her childhood, courtship and marriage, then moves on to spend [...]

    13. I feel like this book is named incorrectly A Natural History of Dragons While it is a memoir of Lady Trent dragons hardly play into it I was thinking that this might be a book much like The Resurrectionist The Lost Work of Spencer Black, but perhaps a bit less mad scientist and dragon biology.I was disappointed.Lady Trent is a woman born in the time where women are expected to attend and host dinner events, not to read books But after developing a passion for books and dragons at a young age, s [...]

    14. 4.75 Lovely book, a total surprise It was an easy read that really grabed my attention and was hard to put down I loved the world, that was very normal , with normal animals and a normal society ressembling the 19th century Sometimes it felt almost like I was reading a goood historical fiction with dragons I don t usually read a lot of books about dragons, but in this one they were nicely imagined and described and fit very well in the story The prose was beautifully written and had really nice [...]

    15. I ll preface this review with something that I feel it s important to know.This book is not for everyone It s really, really not for everyone If you read Fantasy for lots of action, wish fulfillment, badass overpowered characters, action scenes, battles, intricate plot and heavy world building, run Run far, run fast, and don t look back It s not for you, Jen.If you enjoy a good character piece, if you have an interest in science and natural history, if you enjoy classical literature in the vein [...]

    16. The lovechild of Lady Cottington s Pressed Faerie Book and His Majesty s Dragon, I can t believe I waited this long to read the thrilling tales of Lady Trent I must have the second and third books immediately This book reads exactly like a Victorian memoir, except for the fact that there are dragons And there is also Isabella, Lady Trent, is not one to faint at the sight of a little dragon blood Instead, spurred by a fascination with natural history in general and dragons in particular, she rela [...]

    17. Aventure Mystery An intrepid heroine who gets herself into all kinds of dangerous and precarious situations No, it s not a Nancy Drew book, but it was just as much fun I really enjoyed this It had a Victorian feel but because it was a fantasy world it was able to throw a lot of the straitlaced conventions to the winds whenever it felt like it I was expecting something a bit dry but this was basically about having adventures and solving a mystery It was good fun and I m off to order 2 now.

    18. 4.5 stars Wow, I really liked this book everything from the story and the characters and the writing down to its stark yet elegant cover which first drew my eye to its spot sitting on a store bookshelf I blame my background in the biological sciences, since it seems I can t help but be intrigued by anything that looks like it has anatomical drawings on it.As indicated by its title, the novel is told in the form of a memoir from the venerable Lady Trent, leading research and expert on the matter [...]

    19. 5 stars First of all, I love dragons so I hoped this book was going to be good and thankfully, I loved it.Lady Trent is a wonderful narrator I laughed and cried with her and I felt her frustrations This was a mix of fantasy and historical fiction that worked so well and I can t wait to read the other books in the series.

    20. It took me a while to get round to finishing reading this, even once I was a decent way into it and knew I wanted to finish it It s a slow sort of book, one I suspect you will either get on with or not based on the narrator and setting The idea is of a Victorian era analogue in which dragons exist, and in which one young woman has the opportunity of a lifetime to go and study dragons scientifically after having obsessed over them all her life The conceit is that it s narrated by her in the form [...]

    21. 2.5Within the first few chapters, I was prepared to love this book Lady Trent reminded me a bit of Alexia Tarbotti and Amelia Peabody those anachronistic women of modern pseudo Victorian tales I enjoy Though this world is even pseudo than the others as it s set either in a different world entirely, or, perhaps, in the far future but the society and even writing style, complete with multiple chapter sub titles, remains the same Anyway The voice of Lady Trent, the older lady writing her memoirs, [...]

    22. I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.A Natural History of Dragons is what you get when you take the sort of memoir written by upper class female explorers of the nineteenth century, and add dragons The writing style as well as the world which Isabella inhabits is not our world, but very similar In fact, if it were not for the various countries named that Isabella visits or knows of, then I would assume it was [...]

    23. Marie Brennan s choice of words was very precise, it confirmed to the type of narrative and obliterated any chance of circumlocutory Having the story told in the form of a memoir, there was no tedious minutiae, since you d be advised by the naturalist to find those seemingly insignificant details in other volumes she had published in the past Practicality at best, if you ask me.The plot, the characters and the setting, and the highly unfamiliar dragons, made such an indelible impression on me th [...]

    24. If there was one word to describe this novel, and all it s characters really, it would be charming.I didn t really know what I was getting from this book until I read the opening chapter I was expecting our heroine to be riding into the sunset on a dragon, bound for grand adventures, but it s less about dragon hi jinx, and about a little girl wanting to study dragons in a male dominated time period Cue the knocking down of gender walls, a sweet and drama free romance, and many hypothesis over d [...]

    25. Between 3.5 4 It is very entertaining and original I like the female protagonist and how she deals with being a women, interested in science and dragons, in that time Victorian But I missed a bit of real natural history of dragons I mean, it is less scientific than I thought and expected, and adventurous than anything IN any case, a very nice and funny read Recommended

    26. A Natural History of Dragons is a faux memoir by an aristocratic lady scientist, a dragon enthusiast The book had a very strong start, the chapters on her childhood are so promising, and the commentary on women s total legal dependancy on their husbands was very interesting Unfortunately, the story goes downhill just when it s supposed to get exciting when the protagonist goes on an excursion abroad to study dragons.It Was So Boring The dragons are tangential to the story, at best They shoot on [...]

    27. I was forced to read this book by my friend Julia and I am very glad I was This is a story about a strong young woman trying to stay true to herself while being held back by the boundaries of society.We read about growing up and her love and fascination for dragons This results in her joining an expedition which becomes quite the dangerous adventure The dragons are not the subject of the book, they provide the background story, but, I mean, dragons Dragons are always a good addition, in any book [...]

    28. I started A Natural History of Dragons thinking that it s a standalone book As you know, A Natural History of Dragons is the so called memoir of Isabella, or Lady Trent whatever you want to call her , who is between the most acclaimed dragon researchers in the book s universe It s needless to say that I was very curious to witness the events that have won Isabella s title There were many things that I loved about this book Exploring the world from Isabella s point of view was nice Marie Brennan [...]

    29. There is so much to enjoy about this book Probable spoilers for the first half of the book below 1 It s fantasy, but set in a world that is very similar to 19th century Europe The downside of this is that it has a lot of the same problems that nearly all Regency era and Victorian historical novels have regarding squicky class politics and lack of PoC The upside is that it s very much a book about gender and how women existed in times when they had far restrictions on their behavior than they ge [...]

    30. Second Read Review It s kind of strange that the reason I like this book is also kind of the reason why I dislike it It s oxymoronic, but there s an explanation.Because you see, A Natural History of Dragons isn t about dragons the series title might give you a clue , it s about Isabella Trent s life as a dragon naturalist It reads very much like a Victorian style diary and details how Isabella set on the path to becoming one of the leading experts on dragons So, for the most part, we learn about [...]

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