A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons

A Memoir by Lady Trent

Book - 2013
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Isabella, Lady Trent, known as the world's preeminent dragon naturalist, writes her memoir detailing 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 dragon discoveries that would change the world forever.
Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765331960
0765331969
Branch Call Number: FICTION Brennan Marie 01/2013
Characteristics: 334 pages :,ill., maps ;,22 cm

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Theoretical_Onesie May 18, 2018

I actually thought this was a non-fiction book before I read it. I enjoyed it for the most part and think the author did a good job with the writing.

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green_cat_3454
Feb 12, 2018

I really like this book's writing style. It goes into great detail without going on and on. The personalities are well depicted and the science of the dragons painted a interesting picture in my mind.

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lhblyth
Feb 05, 2018

I picked this up expecting a typical fantasy full of dragons. I was disappointed, but in the end I liked it and read the entire series. It is a memoir that occurs in a fantasy world. Written simply by an elderly victorian woman about her adventures as a young woman overcoming bias against women in science while researching dragons.

ArapahoeKati Jan 10, 2018

A fun romp through what feels like the Victorian era except with dragons. A great read if you like diary entries and historical fiction blended with the magic of dragons.

LPL_KimberlyL Dec 21, 2017

Lady Isabella Trent is the alt-Victorian version of Jane Goodall - where Goodall is most known for her study of chimps, Lady Trent became famous for her study of DRAGONS. I gobbled up each book in this series one after another. Lady Trent is an A++ heroine, and if you find this first book doesn't have enough dragons or action for you taste, just keep on reading. These books are thoughtful, adventurous, and oh-so-fun. Quite possibly my favorite fantasy series, ever.

DBRL_JulieC Aug 08, 2016

Written like a memoir from the equivalent of the Victorian era, this book reads like a scientific journal on the pursuit of knowledge on dragons. It's a bit of a slow start but well worth the read.

CMLReads_Kristin Apr 11, 2016

Lady Trent has never been a typical woman, being altogether too interested in dragons for social acceptability. In spite of disdain for societal norms, she does an excellent job of manipulating them to end up in a position to be able to head off to Vystrana on dragon studying adventures. The beginning of a unique Victorian-like Gaslamp-like series.

librarylizzard Aug 26, 2015

This reminded me a lot of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (independent woman explorer, set in Egypt). I liked the mix of old fashioned speech and attitudes with the novelty of DRAGONS! There are a few touches I especially liked, such as the "sparklings" - small, dragon-like creatures classified as insects (a classification Lady Trent attempts to disprove) - and the names of places and seasons that conjure images of our world, but that belong to another. Highly recommended for the adventurous reader/listener (I listened to the audio version and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of narration).

KateHillier Jun 23, 2015

As much as I enjoyed this (and enjoy it I did) I couldn't help grasping onto these little references of future events. Tell me more! More, I'm sure we shall get since this is the first book in a series. It is set up as Lady Isabella Trent writing her memoirs and this one chronicles her very beginnings (as in childhood) and her very first expedition.

It's a Victorian travelogue by way of fantasy, except the dragons here are not fantastical. They are working within natural laws and Isabella is out to study everything about them in a world that knows very little about them and expects very little of her. She's a woman who knows her calling early and strives all she can to reach it, even unconsciously when she tries to be more of a 'proper' woman for her time and place.

So we have a great environment, a great heroine, and fab writing. It almost reads like the Victorian travelogues I had to read in undergrad. It feels very authentic and very real. I think we have a winner all around here so pick it up today!

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Argavius117
Jun 10, 2014

Loved it. It managed to be slightly old fashioned but still kept me interested. The dragons certainly helped a lot.

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