A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
A Memoir by Lady Trent

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I enjoyed reading A Natural History of Dragons a lot, and am looking forward very much to the next volume in the series. Because of the distance I felt to most of the characters and partly even to Isabella, the book does not quite reach DIK status, but it comes pretty close.
-All About Romance

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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 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.

"Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on A Natural History of Dragons

An NPR Best Book of 2013

 

About Marie Brennan

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MARIE BRENNAN habitually pillages her background in anthropology, archaeology, and folklore for fictional purposes. She is the author of the Onyx Court series and the doppelgänger duology of Warrior and Witch, as well as more than thirty short storieswww.swantower.com
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Tor Books. 335 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction
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All About Romance

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Reviewed by Rike Horstmann on Apr 09 2013

...the world-building is magnificent. The dragons are a delight, both majestic and dangerous. The landscapes are equally dramatic...

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Reviewed by Rike Horstmann on Feb 02 2015

I enjoyed reading A Natural History of Dragons a lot, and am looking forward very much to the next volume in the series. Because of the distance I felt to most of the characters and partly even to Isabella, the book does not quite reach DIK status, but it comes pretty close.

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