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“Her Ladyship is a determined and canny woman in search of dragons—I wholeheartedly approve!”
—Melanie Rawn, bestselling author of Touchstone, on A Natural History of Dragons
“Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“If you’ve ever secretly wished dragons were real, this story is for you. Fans of Naomi Novik and Mary Robinette Kowal will especially enjoy this book.”—RT Book Reviews
“Told in the style of a Victorian memoir, courageous, intelligent and determined Isabella’s account is colorful, vigorous and absorbing. A sort of Victorian why-what-whodunit embellished by Brennan’s singular upgrade of a fantasy bromide and revitalizingly different viewpoint.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Lady Trent is the Jane Goodall of dragonkind, and I’m glad she’s finally sharing her story with the world."—Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer
"A Natural History of Dragons stands somewhere between Naomi Novik and Elizabeth Peters, but rock-solidly in its own world and on its own terms. Highly recommended."—Daniel Fox, author of Dragon in Chains
Todd Lockwood's beautiful illustrations are peppered throughout the book and are a real treat to dragon enthusiasts.
I also liked the very human aspect of the story, and what I mean by that is that no one character was putting together all of the clues and being super good at it.
Marie Brennan has written the book as the memoirs of Isabella, Lady Trent, and I thought that gave it a unique, distinct voice.
Surprisingly few dragons for a book with the word "dragons" in the title, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Jamie
a quick read - well written with a few twists and turns. Greatly enjoyed!Published 1 day ago by Kat
Fun and delightful. A "victorian" memoir in a fantastical but complicated world. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would love to see many, many more books about the heroine's... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Christina J. Robertson
I enjoyed this book so much. I especially love the voice of the main character; she was believable, well-developed, and funny, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.Published 12 days ago by Daniella Levy
What a fantasy book should be: well-written, original, and entertaining.Published 13 days ago by always reading
This was very nearly a 3-star review, but the last few chapters reeled me back in.
First, the good: This book is quite well written. Read more
The premise of this book had so much promise. Unfortunately, it was a big miss due to a lack of character development. I was expecting a rich tapestry and got a throw rug. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Luv2Read
Victorian voice with dragon fantasy. Isabella is a compelling heroine, and the story is a page-turner. I'll be reading every novel in the series.Published 24 days ago by Sophia Martin
The book is set just before the industrial revolution, and the writing is set to match, so it takes a little bit of effort to switch gears and get into the story. Read morePublished 28 days ago by adrianne