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A Natural History of Dragons MOBI ☆ A Natural ePUB


  • Hardcover
  • 334 pages
  • A Natural History of Dragons
  • Marie Brennan
  • English
  • 10 March 2016
  • 9780765331960

10 thoughts on “A Natural History of Dragons

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    45 stars One benefit of being an old woman now and over one who has been called a national treasure is that there are very few who can tell me what I may and may not write Ever since she was a child Isabella was obsessed absolutely obsessed with dragons She would spent long hours curled up with her favorite book A Natural History of Dragons and for a while she was indulged by her fatherbut unfortunately that could not last No gentleman would want a wife covered in scars from misadventures with dangerous beasts Nowadays she's known as Lady Trent a world renowned Dragonologist but she wasn't always uite so well knownor even well likedDuring her early adulthood all she could think of was finding a husband who would allow her to continue reading You want me for my library And so she marries Jacob someone who respected her eccentricities but the newlyweds soon realize life isn't as simple as expectedA miscarriage and a deep depression results in Isabella realizing that she cannot will not ever become the perfect English wife I don't need luxury Jacob; I don't need pampering And so she secures a position for herself and her husband to participate in an exhibition to far off lands Vystrana to study the elusive and mysterious rock wyrm But as so often happened during this exhibition nothing went as planned She is about to discover a whole new world and change her own foreverOh my gosh I LOVED this one Also I have a confession to makeSome girls were obsessed with horsesI was a dragon girl Drawing reading and dreaming all dragons all the timeAnd this book fulfilled every childhood dream I had It was honestly such a blow to realize that dragons didn't existThis book was so well done I loved how seriously it took the subject and how firmly grounded the dragon based world was Sheep eat grass wolves eat deer dragons eat everything that doesn't run away fast enough The only thing that bugged me was that there was a little less dragons and a little politics than I expected I did love watching Isabella grow from a timid girl shaped by her times into a strong woman intent on making a life for herselfI just wanted page time with the dragonsThoughthat ending was a bit of a shock to the system Bit of a jump into an icy lake In other words I did NOT appreciate the way the ending wrapped up I honestly cannot imagine where the book is going nextYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


  2. Christopher Paolini Christopher Paolini says:

    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 professional standpoint I was highly impressed by this book From a reader's standpoint I had an absolute blast and I can't wait to dive into the seuels Based on this book alone I place Marie Brennan in the top flight of sci fifantasy authors


  3. seak seak says:

    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 deathI feel really bad about this because there are some great things about this book I just couldn't wait for it to be overA Natural History of Dragons is a memoir of the life of the famous Lady Trent who tells about her first interest in dragons and some of her early experiences with them The GoodBrennan does a great job sticking to character The Lady Trent or just Isabella Camherst as she's known throughout the book is a woman of science and Brennan very convincingly characterizes her as such She's so brimming with eagerness to study and learn and discover and it's apparent in both the beginning of her life and her characterization later in life that we only get through the actual tellingThis Victorian era type place is brought to life with all its sensibilities especially those that go against a budding young naturalist who is a woman and her constant battle with all those inherent sensibilities Then she adds dragons to this era Very cool Especially since they're all over from the tiny sparklings that are considered to be insects by many to much larger onesAnd then there's the beautiful artwork by Todd Lockwood Not only do we get this gorgeous cover but there are dragons among other things depicted throughout the book that are just as captivatingI realize the book cover's in the upper left but this bears repeatingThe BadThe problem is that with the over intrusion of the narrator Lady Trent and possibly with the addition of the aristocracy's confidence in their own imperviousness there really isn't a lot of suspense Possibly at the very end at one single moment but that's it We already know she's fine she's telling the story and interjecting points about how young and naive she used to be Now you can say this about most first person narratives but this was even obviousThe characters are just not relatable to me I mentioned above that Brennan nailed the era but these are high class people that can't even go anywhere without a servant of some sort I just couldn't love them and I'll take responsibility for this I know plenty of people love it but it did not work for meIt took me a while to figure this out but it sounds like we're going to get through her whole life in this one book when really it's only the first couple experiences Therefore it seemed to drag on dragon get it this one event The Lady Trent alludes to many experiences especially early on and it sounds like those are all going to happen in this book but it took me till about 50% in to figure out that it was mainly focused on this one event and that was it This also could have just been my lack of awareness about seuels because I thought this was a stand alone bookIn the end I really do think the problems were mostly just me A Natural History of Dragons is a well executed story that I found was just not for me2 out of 5 Stars Just Okay


  4. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    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 dragon naturalist without eual; it took her years to become this successful; thus she narrates the story of how she struggled to become recognised and taken with a degree of seriousness It began when she stumbled on a book about dragons in her father’s library She is a woman and considered a part of the nobility because she is the daughter of a knight Conseuently society has two reasons to consider her choice of profession inappropriate As true as that may be to these chracters it would never stop her perusing her interest Be 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 plenitude of mudThis for me made the story uite strong She is looking back on the timidity of her youth with a voice of frankness and wisdom She has overcome her trials and has been recognised academically She is a strong woman; she can now see the absurdity of the gender restrictions she was forced to endure; she has developed the confidence to uestion the ridiculousness of it and at the same time has captured the essence of her naïve young self The effect of this was a memoir that felt real; it felt like I’d picked this up from someone’s shelf in a fantasy universe Eventually it became a little dry The older narrator is a developed naturalist; she has gone on to achieve progress in her discipline This is all well and good but eventually I began to grow a little tired of her narrative I felt because of the memoir style of the writing some of the chapters didn’t link together particularly well This didn’t have the flow of a normal novel and at times I had to glance back at pervious chapters to remind myself of what had happened In addition to this at times it felt like she was repeating herself and her justification for killing a dragon was also plain weak In it she suggested the hypocrisy of dragon rights activists; they argue that hunting dragons is wrong but it’s ok to kill other creatures in the same way That’s true it is hypocrisy But that doesn’t justify her argument She basically says because other people do it it is then ok for her to do the same This part of the memoir should have been left out in my opinion because it made Lady Trent look like an idiot which she is most definitely is not Overall I think this book was a really good idea but the execution of it was lacking I will be avoiding the rest in the serious because no doubt I will find them growing tedious on me I would however recommend this to fans of Robin Hobb because Lady Trent reminded me of the dragon obsessed lady in the rain wild chronicles I’m sure this is merely coincidence but if you liked that character Lady Trent is very much the same A natural three stars


  5. Emma Emma says:

    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


  6. Sanaa Sanaa says:

    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 oneThough 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 struggles Lady Trent has to deal with because she is a female in a society that looks down on particularly headstrong women I loved how this almost Victorian England setting interacts with the fantasyscientific world of dragons and Lady Trent's almost coming of age storyI loved the way this book was written the humor the spunk the romance the science everything If there was a book that appealed specifically to my taste this would be the one Lady Trent is literally my kind of lady Oh and did I mentioned there are gorgeous illustrations throughout? The one thing I will say that is disappointing is the lack of development for the side characters They often felt blandOverall if you love fantasy of manners smart spunky female protagonists slower fantasy books without many dragons and brilliant writing this one is definitely for you


  7. ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ says:

    “The dragon within my heart stirred shifting her wings as if remembering they could be used to fly”Before starting this book I've been warned by many people A Natural History of dragons is not a book about dragons; which is on one hand correct This fictional memoir follows the life and adventures of Lady Isabella Trent a woman who despite her gender and upbringing became the most influential expert on dragons of her time In truth this book focuses so much on her life and her recalling of the events that the presence of dragons as the subject of her studies appears on one hand to be marginal On the other hand even if it was true that Lady Trent's expeditions could have been about any other wild animal or even just explorations of the wilderness the fact that the animal in uestion is a dragon makes it 200% cooler Indeed my favourite feature in this book was the contrast between the old fashioned predictable character of Lady Trent a strong revolutionary woman of her time who challenges gender stereotypes with the ambition to become a scholar and the subject of her studies It felt like seeing Jane Eyre riding unicorns I adored the choice of the author in creating this element of absurd and I appreciated the fact that she didn't try to make Lady Trent different from exactly how you would imagine a character like herself in those situations She is of course predictable and the other characters are as well; the story is predictable too in a way; but I mean we're talking about dragons I thought just the idea of this book was very cleverFinally the book itself is very entertaining and I was very involved with the plot Not so much with the characters for whom I didn't really feel much affection The cold scientific way of writing of the fictional author might have been the main reason for that but also a general coldness surrounding human relationships in those years Overall I found this book very interesting and I would love to go on with the series


  8. Lisann Lisann says:

    “The dragon within my heart stirred shifting her wings as if remembering they could be used to fly” A Natural History of Dragons is not a classic fantasy story It reads like a historical fiction novel in which dragons are a rare animal species They have yet to be explored and that's exactly what our protagonist wants The only problem is her own gender Isabella is a woman and society doesn't even allow her to wear pants so how could she become a scientist?In this series she tells how exactly she became a renowned dragon naturalist The first book focuses on the beginning of her career As a result the role of the woman is often depicted here and how difficult it is for Isabella to hide her passion for the anatomy and behaviour of dragons I found this part very difficult to read in the long run because I still get upset about how bad it must have been back then See? Historical fiction “Be 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 plenitude of mud” Unfortunately I expected a bit from this story As the book progresses the focus is on the problems with villagers and their superstitions There are problems that seem to be of supernatural origin but I have to disappoint you here As mentioned at the beginning the fantasy part of this book is limited to the existence of dragons Here you won't find any magic mythical creatures or other things that would be different from our real world Now one could of course hope that there is at least a bunch of interactions with dragons but most take place when they're already dead and dissected to explore their anatomy All in all it was a nice story for in between but I probably won't continue the series because the reviews of the second book confirmed my opinion and the focus of the book shifts even further away from the dragons and to political topics


  9. Bradley Bradley says:

    I think I'm in love with this book No I know it I don't know what I expected but it wasn't a call back to the early days of science when the practitioners called themselves Naturalists being well funded amateurs and Lords Or Ladies striking out into the wide world for the simple pleasure of learning discovery and adventureMaybe I should have expected that But then maybe I shouldn't have expected it to be charming totally delightful emotionally rewarding smart and witty but then I did get that tooBut the real kicker? I was caught and dipped in vinegar the very moment that we began wondering whether dragons had wishbones The total love of books the frustration that women with talent and drive always experience when they're told they're not allowed in certain fields and the utter DEMAND one puts on oneself to succeed at all costs well THIS is what preserved meGreat observations charmingly told this is almost like Indiana Jones with Dragons as written by a wonderfully uirky woman with a sharp eye I can't recommend this enough


  10. Trish Trish says:

    By right I should have loved and adored this A regency style world very Austen y with a strong female lead and with the added spice of DRAGONS Sadly I'm not really all that charmedWe have here the first volume in the auto biography of Lady Trent a scholar of dragons In this first volume we follow her childhood and teenage years until she gets married and a bit further She's always been a bit of a tomboy and a bookworm to say nothing of her love for natural history After finding a particular tome in her father's library she loves nothing than dragons which I can relate to For in this world they aren't mythical creatures but wild animalsOne day she meets the perfect husband Jacob gets married and even manages to talk him into taking her on an expedition highly unusual for a woman back thenHeartbreak and elation follow in eual measure as we accompany Lady Trent on her way to scholarly fameThe idea of a book about the natural history of dragons fascinated me I have always loved reading about naturalists such as Charles Darwin Alexander von Humboldt and others and how they started or at least heavily influenced the scientific process culminating in what we know and do today so the idea of a fictional female naturalist not giving a damn about convention and travelling the globe to study THE fantastical creatures invented by human minds sounded wonderfulSadly while the writing isn't bad and while the characters aren't terrible though also far from lively and nuanced and while the events are interesting enough I was never sucked in the way I had anticipatedhoped and I just can't imagine reading 4 books like this albeit about other dragon species exploitsMakes me want to cry really but here we are I am wondering if I'm just in a strange mood and if that might have influenced marred my enjoyment of this tale or if it was the fact that there were hardly any dragons here on top of my other complaints Since I'm not entirely sure I'm giving this 25 stars but rounding up


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10 thoughts on “A Natural History of Dragons

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    45 stars One benefit of being an old woman now and over one who has been called a national treasure is that there are very few who can tell me what I may and may not write Ever since she was a child Isabella was obsessed absolutely obsessed with dragons She would spent long hours curled up with her favorite book A Natural History of Dragons and for a while she was indulged by her fatherbut unfortunately that could not last No gentleman would want a wife covered in scars from misadventures with dangerous beasts Nowadays she's known as Lady Trent a world renowned Dragonologist but she wasn't always uite so well knownor even well likedDuring her early adulthood all she could think of was finding a husband who would allow her to continue reading You want me for my library And so she marries Jacob someone who respected her eccentricities but the newlyweds soon realize life isn't as simple as expectedA miscarriage and a deep depression results in Isabella realizing that she cannot will not ever become the perfect English wife I don't need luxury Jacob; I don't need pampering And so she secures a position for herself and her husband to participate in an exhibition to far off lands Vystrana to study the elusive and mysterious rock wyrm But as so often happened during this exhibition nothing went as planned She is about to discover a whole new world and change her own foreverOh my gosh I LOVED this one Also I have a confession to makeSome girls were obsessed with horsesI was a dragon girl Drawing reading and dreaming all dragons all the timeAnd this book fulfilled every childhood dream I had It was honestly such a blow to realize that dragons didn't existThis book was so well done I loved how seriously it took the subject and how firmly grounded the dragon based world was Sheep eat grass wolves eat deer dragons eat everything that doesn't run away fast enough The only thing that bugged me was that there was a little less dragons and a little politics than I expected I did love watching Isabella grow from a timid girl shaped by her times into a strong woman intent on making a life for herselfI just wanted page time with the dragonsThoughthat ending was a bit of a shock to the system Bit of a jump into an icy lake In other words I did NOT appreciate the way the ending wrapped up I honestly cannot imagine where the book is going nextYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

  2. Christopher Paolini Christopher Paolini says:

    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 professional standpoint I was highly impressed by this book From a reader's standpoint I had an absolute blast and I can't wait to dive into the seuels Based on this book alone I place Marie Brennan in the top flight of sci fifantasy authors

  3. seak seak says:

    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 deathI feel really bad about this because there are some great things about this book I just couldn't wait for it to be overA Natural History of Dragons is a memoir of the life of the famous Lady Trent who tells about her first interest in dragons and some of her early experiences with them The GoodBrennan does a great job sticking to character The Lady Trent or just Isabella Camherst as she's known throughout the book is a woman of science and Brennan very convincingly characterizes her as such She's so brimming with eagerness to study and learn and discover and it's apparent in both the beginning of her life and her characterization later in life that we only get through the actual tellingThis Victorian era type place is brought to life with all its sensibilities especially those that go against a budding young naturalist who is a woman and her constant battle with all those inherent sensibilities Then she adds dragons to this era Very cool Especially since they're all over from the tiny sparklings that are considered to be insects by many to much larger onesAnd then there's the beautiful artwork by Todd Lockwood Not only do we get this gorgeous cover but there are dragons among other things depicted throughout the book that are just as captivatingI realize the book cover's in the upper left but this bears repeatingThe BadThe problem is that with the over intrusion of the narrator Lady Trent and possibly with the addition of the aristocracy's confidence in their own imperviousness there really isn't a lot of suspense Possibly at the very end at one single moment but that's it We already know she's fine she's telling the story and interjecting points about how young and naive she used to be Now you can say this about most first person narratives but this was even obviousThe characters are just not relatable to me I mentioned above that Brennan nailed the era but these are high class people that can't even go anywhere without a servant of some sort I just couldn't love them and I'll take responsibility for this I know plenty of people love it but it did not work for meIt took me a while to figure this out but it sounds like we're going to get through her whole life in this one book when really it's only the first couple experiences Therefore it seemed to drag on dragon get it this one event The Lady Trent alludes to many experiences especially early on and it sounds like those are all going to happen in this book but it took me till about 50% in to figure out that it was mainly focused on this one event and that was it This also could have just been my lack of awareness about seuels because I thought this was a stand alone bookIn the end I really do think the problems were mostly just me A Natural History of Dragons is a well executed story that I found was just not for me2 out of 5 Stars Just Okay

  4. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    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 dragon naturalist without eual; it took her years to become this successful; thus she narrates the story of how she struggled to become recognised and taken with a degree of seriousness It began when she stumbled on a book about dragons in her father’s library She is a woman and considered a part of the nobility because she is the daughter of a knight Conseuently society has two reasons to consider her choice of profession inappropriate As true as that may be to these chracters it would never stop her perusing her interest Be 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 plenitude of mudThis for me made the story uite strong She is looking back on the timidity of her youth with a voice of frankness and wisdom She has overcome her trials and has been recognised academically She is a strong woman; she can now see the absurdity of the gender restrictions she was forced to endure; she has developed the confidence to uestion the ridiculousness of it and at the same time has captured the essence of her naïve young self The effect of this was a memoir that felt real; it felt like I’d picked this up from someone’s shelf in a fantasy universe Eventually it became a little dry The older narrator is a developed naturalist; she has gone on to achieve progress in her discipline This is all well and good but eventually I began to grow a little tired of her narrative I felt because of the memoir style of the writing some of the chapters didn’t link together particularly well This didn’t have the flow of a normal novel and at times I had to glance back at pervious chapters to remind myself of what had happened In addition to this at times it felt like she was repeating herself and her justification for killing a dragon was also plain weak In it she suggested the hypocrisy of dragon rights activists; they argue that hunting dragons is wrong but it’s ok to kill other creatures in the same way That’s true it is hypocrisy But that doesn’t justify her argument She basically says because other people do it it is then ok for her to do the same This part of the memoir should have been left out in my opinion because it made Lady Trent look like an idiot which she is most definitely is not Overall I think this book was a really good idea but the execution of it was lacking I will be avoiding the rest in the serious because no doubt I will find them growing tedious on me I would however recommend this to fans of Robin Hobb because Lady Trent reminded me of the dragon obsessed lady in the rain wild chronicles I’m sure this is merely coincidence but if you liked that character Lady Trent is very much the same A natural three stars

  5. Emma Emma says:

    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

  6. Sanaa Sanaa says:

    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 oneThough 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 struggles Lady Trent has to deal with because she is a female in a society that looks down on particularly headstrong women I loved how this almost Victorian England setting interacts with the fantasyscientific world of dragons and Lady Trent's almost coming of age storyI loved the way this book was written the humor the spunk the romance the science everything If there was a book that appealed specifically to my taste this would be the one Lady Trent is literally my kind of lady Oh and did I mentioned there are gorgeous illustrations throughout? The one thing I will say that is disappointing is the lack of development for the side characters They often felt blandOverall if you love fantasy of manners smart spunky female protagonists slower fantasy books without many dragons and brilliant writing this one is definitely for you

  7. ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ says:

    “The dragon within my heart stirred shifting her wings as if remembering they could be used to fly”Before starting this book I've been warned by many people A Natural History of dragons is not a book about dragons; which is on one hand correct This fictional memoir follows the life and adventures of Lady Isabella Trent a woman who despite her gender and upbringing became the most influential expert on dragons of her time In truth this book focuses so much on her life and her recalling of the events that the presence of dragons as the subject of her studies appears on one hand to be marginal On the other hand even if it was true that Lady Trent's expeditions could have been about any other wild animal or even just explorations of the wilderness the fact that the animal in uestion is a dragon makes it 200% cooler Indeed my favourite feature in this book was the contrast between the old fashioned predictable character of Lady Trent a strong revolutionary woman of her time who challenges gender stereotypes with the ambition to become a scholar and the subject of her studies It felt like seeing Jane Eyre riding unicorns I adored the choice of the author in creating this element of absurd and I appreciated the fact that she didn't try to make Lady Trent different from exactly how you would imagine a character like herself in those situations She is of course predictable and the other characters are as well; the story is predictable too in a way; but I mean we're talking about dragons I thought just the idea of this book was very cleverFinally the book itself is very entertaining and I was very involved with the plot Not so much with the characters for whom I didn't really feel much affection The cold scientific way of writing of the fictional author might have been the main reason for that but also a general coldness surrounding human relationships in those years Overall I found this book very interesting and I would love to go on with the series

  8. Lisann Lisann says:

    “The dragon within my heart stirred shifting her wings as if remembering they could be used to fly” A Natural History of Dragons is not a classic fantasy story It reads like a historical fiction novel in which dragons are a rare animal species They have yet to be explored and that's exactly what our protagonist wants The only problem is her own gender Isabella is a woman and society doesn't even allow her to wear pants so how could she become a scientist?In this series she tells how exactly she became a renowned dragon naturalist The first book focuses on the beginning of her career As a result the role of the woman is often depicted here and how difficult it is for Isabella to hide her passion for the anatomy and behaviour of dragons I found this part very difficult to read in the long run because I still get upset about how bad it must have been back then See? Historical fiction “Be 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 plenitude of mud” Unfortunately I expected a bit from this story As the book progresses the focus is on the problems with villagers and their superstitions There are problems that seem to be of supernatural origin but I have to disappoint you here As mentioned at the beginning the fantasy part of this book is limited to the existence of dragons Here you won't find any magic mythical creatures or other things that would be different from our real world Now one could of course hope that there is at least a bunch of interactions with dragons but most take place when they're already dead and dissected to explore their anatomy All in all it was a nice story for in between but I probably won't continue the series because the reviews of the second book confirmed my opinion and the focus of the book shifts even further away from the dragons and to political topics

  9. Bradley Bradley says:

    I think I'm in love with this book No I know it I don't know what I expected but it wasn't a call back to the early days of science when the practitioners called themselves Naturalists being well funded amateurs and Lords Or Ladies striking out into the wide world for the simple pleasure of learning discovery and adventureMaybe I should have expected that But then maybe I shouldn't have expected it to be charming totally delightful emotionally rewarding smart and witty but then I did get that tooBut the real kicker? I was caught and dipped in vinegar the very moment that we began wondering whether dragons had wishbones The total love of books the frustration that women with talent and drive always experience when they're told they're not allowed in certain fields and the utter DEMAND one puts on oneself to succeed at all costs well THIS is what preserved meGreat observations charmingly told this is almost like Indiana Jones with Dragons as written by a wonderfully uirky woman with a sharp eye I can't recommend this enough

  10. Trish Trish says:

    By right I should have loved and adored this A regency style world very Austen y with a strong female lead and with the added spice of DRAGONS Sadly I'm not really all that charmedWe have here the first volume in the auto biography of Lady Trent a scholar of dragons In this first volume we follow her childhood and teenage years until she gets married and a bit further She's always been a bit of a tomboy and a bookworm to say nothing of her love for natural history After finding a particular tome in her father's library she loves nothing than dragons which I can relate to For in this world they aren't mythical creatures but wild animalsOne day she meets the perfect husband Jacob gets married and even manages to talk him into taking her on an expedition highly unusual for a woman back thenHeartbreak and elation follow in eual measure as we accompany Lady Trent on her way to scholarly fameThe idea of a book about the natural history of dragons fascinated me I have always loved reading about naturalists such as Charles Darwin Alexander von Humboldt and others and how they started or at least heavily influenced the scientific process culminating in what we know and do today so the idea of a fictional female naturalist not giving a damn about convention and travelling the globe to study THE fantastical creatures invented by human minds sounded wonderfulSadly while the writing isn't bad and while the characters aren't terrible though also far from lively and nuanced and while the events are interesting enough I was never sucked in the way I had anticipatedhoped and I just can't imagine reading 4 books like this albeit about other dragon species exploitsMakes me want to cry really but here we are I am wondering if I'm just in a strange mood and if that might have influenced marred my enjoyment of this tale or if it was the fact that there were hardly any dragons here on top of my other complaints Since I'm not entirely sure I'm giving this 25 stars but rounding up

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