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A Natural History of Dragons

de Marie Brennan

Altres autors: Rhys Davies (Maps), Todd Lockwood (Il·lustrador)

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Sèrie: Lady Trent's Memoirs (1)

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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.… (més)
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This book took me FOREVER to finish but it is one of the most adorable and lovely books I've ever read.
The style of writing, a fictional biography, is wonderful and I can't wait to read the rest of the series! ( )
  beanskays | May 14, 2024 |
I am intrigued by the storyline, but I am not enthralled that I will pursued the series. ( )
  Baochuan | Feb 13, 2024 |
Digital audio performed by Kate Reading

Subtitle: A Memoir by Lady Trent

From the book jacket: All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, knows 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.

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Well, this was a wonderful romp of an adventure. We learn how Isabella became interested in natural history, and dragons in particular. As the only daughter in a family of six children, she struggled to be ladylike, but her curiosity would not be dampened. Her father suggested she try book learning rather than “field work” and when she came of age to marry she was fortunate to find a man whose intellectual curiosity matched hers and who was more than willing to have her continue her research. And that is how they come to take a thrilling expedition to foreign lands in search of dragons.

Isabella is a wonderful heroine. She’s intelligent, tenacious, curious, and determined. She makes sure that she is of value to the expedition by honing her skill at anatomical drawing so as to record the expedition forces’ findings. But she also is a keen observer on her own. Of course, it is she who solves the great mystery at the center of this adventure.

While the time is set in approximately the Victorian era, Brennan has really created a marvelous world where dragons roam. She includes much information about the various sub-species and their differences in both appearance and behavior. I was completely engaged from beginning to end. I’ll definitely continue with the series.

Kate Reading does a marvelous job of narrating the audiobook. Her diction is clear and easy to understand. She really brings these characters to life. ( )
  BookConcierge | Nov 14, 2023 |
Written as a "memoir" in stuffy, aristocratic tones which belie that its author Lady Isabella Trent has actually devoted her life to the decidedly not ladylike pursuit of the study of dragons. Growing up an outsider for not fitting into the box assigned to her sex, Isabella fortuitously marries Jacob who understands her "eccentricities." When Jacob is invited to an expedition to study dragons in Vystrana, Isabella campaigns to join him. In the unfriendly, foreign land, the local dragons are mysteriously bellicose and Isabella uncovers a dastardly plot.

While the novel takes places in a fantasy setting, it parallells 19th-century Europe with Isabella likely from England and Vystrana in Eastern Europe. I felt the book started strong but got less interesting over time. It's nevertheless an entertaining story although I don't feel compelled to continue in the five-book series. ( )
  Othemts | Sep 20, 2023 |
Here is the true story of the pioneering spirit of Isabella, Lady Trent, 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. I listened to this as an audio book and enjoyed it mightily, but dude, I didn't like the ending. Boo. Hiss. Boo. I'll read the next one.
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  lyrrael | Aug 3, 2023 |
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Marie Brennanautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Davies, RhysMapsautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lockwood, ToddIl·lustradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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While he bolted off, I began frantically trying to cover my mess, dragging hay over the disembodied body of the dove, but so distressed was I that the main result was to make myself look even worse than before. By the time Mama arrived on the scene, I was covered in blood and bits of dove-flesh, feathers and hay, and more than a few tears.
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