2016 · 3 Stars · Adult · Book Reviews · Fantasy

A Natural History of Dragons │ Marie Brennan

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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.


Honestly, I thought there was going to be more dragons in this book than there was. Don’t get me wrong, there are a quite a few dragons but this book just wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.

The first part of this book is about Lady Trent’s (know as Isabella Camherst) childhood and the beginning of her marriage. We get a look into why/how dragons become the focus of her obsession.

I waited a few days after I read this book, hoping that I could think of more to say about this book. But there wasn’t a lot that I liked about the book, and nothing that I hated. It just fell comfortably in the middle.

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