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A Natural History of Dragons is exactly what it sounds like. A memoir written by a Victorian naturalist who has an obsession with dragons and embarks on an. Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr 7 Up-Isabella, Lady Trent, opens her Book 1 of 5 in A Natural History of Dragons (5 Book Series). A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
The Good Brennan does a great job sticking to character. The Lady Trent, or just Isabella Camherst as she's known throughout the book, is a woman of science and Brennan very convincingly characterizes her as such. She's so brimming with eagerness to study and learn and discover and it's apparent in both the beginning of her life and her characterization later in life that we only get through the actual telling.
This Victorian era-type place is brought to life with all its sensibilities, especially those that go against a budding young naturalist who is a woman and her constant battle with all those inherent sensibilities.
Then she adds dragons to this era! Very cool. Especially since they're all over, from the tiny sparklings that are considered to be insects by many to much larger ones. And then there's the beautiful artwork by Todd Lockwood. Not only do we get this gorgeous cover, but there are dragons among other things depicted throughout the book that are just as captivating. I realize the book cover's in the upper left, but this bears repeating!
The Bad The problem is that with the over-intrusion of the narrator, Lady Trent, and possibly with the addition of the aristocracy's confidence in their own imperviousness, there really isn't a lot of suspense.
Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New in A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent. Description Everyone knows Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.
Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, prospects, and her life to satisfy scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the mountains of Vystrana, where she made discoveries that would change the world. And the worldbuilding is a masterpiece of sophisticated evocation. It's clear that Brennan has put an enormous amount of thought and research into her craft.
From a professional standpoint, I was highly impressed by this book. From a reader's standpoint, I had an absolute blast, and I can't wait to dive into the sequels. View all 4 comments. Nov 16, seak rated it it was ok Shelves: It turns out, and I wouldn't have discovered this without reading A Natural History of Dragons, that I really like dragons slaying, riding, attacking, hoarding, speaking, snoozing, probably even over-easy I feel really bad about this, because there are some great things about this book, I just couldn't wait for it to be over.
A Natural History of Dragons is a memoir of the life of the famous Lady Trent, who tells about her first intere It turns out, and I wouldn't have discovered this without reading A Natural History of Dragons, that I really like dragons slaying, riding, attacking, hoarding, speaking, snoozing, probably even over-easy A Natural History of Dragons is a memoir of the life of the famous Lady Trent, who tells about her first interest in dragons and some of her early experiences with them.
The Good Brennan does a great job sticking to character. The Lady Trent, or just Isabella Camherst as she's known throughout the book, is a woman of science and Brennan very convincingly characterizes her as such.
She's so brimming with eagerness to study and learn and discover and it's apparent in both the beginning of her life and her characterization later in life that we only get through the actual telling. This Victorian era-type place is brought to life with all its sensibilities, especially those that go against a budding young naturalist who is a woman and her constant battle with all those inherent sensibilities. Then she adds dragons to this era!
Very cool. Especially since they're all over, from the tiny sparklings that are considered to be insects by many to much larger ones.
And then there's the beautiful artwork by Todd Lockwood. Not only do we get this gorgeous cover, but there are dragons among other things depicted throughout the book that are just as captivating. I realize the book cover's in the upper left, but this bears repeating!
The Bad The problem is that with the over-intrusion of the narrator, Lady Trent, and possibly with the addition of the aristocracy's confidence in their own imperviousness, there really isn't a lot of suspense. Possibly at the very end at one single moment, but that's it. We already know she's fine, she's telling the story and interjecting points about how young and naive she used to be.
Now, you can say this about most first-person narratives, but this was even more obvious. The characters are just not relatable to me. I mentioned above that Brennan nailed the era, but these are high class people that can't even go anywhere without a servant of some sort. I just couldn't love them and I'll take responsibility for this - I know plenty of people love it, but it did not work for me.
It took me a while to figure this out, but it sounds like we're going to get through her whole life in this one book, when really it's only the first couple experiences. Therefore, it seemed to drag on dragon, get it this one event. This also could have just been my lack of awareness about sequels because I thought this was a stand-alone book.
In the end, I really do think the problems were mostly just me. A Natural History of Dragons is a well-executed story that I found was just not for me. View all 21 comments. Aug 15, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it liked it Recommends it for: Robin Hobb fans. I like books about people who like books. Well, either way it creates a novel that is easy to relate to and easy to become engrossed in.
A well created discipline This is not a standard novel; it is in the form of a memoir of sorts. Lady Trent is writing, what is essentially, her life story. She is now an aged and accre I like books about people who like books. She is now an aged and accredited dragon naturalist without equal; it took her years to become this successful; thus, she narrates the story of how she struggled to become recognised and taken with a degree of seriousness.
She is a woman, and considered a part of the nobility because she is the daughter of a knight. Consequently, society has two reasons to consider her choice of profession inappropriate. As true as that may be to these chracters, it would never stop her perusing her interest.
She is looking back on the timidity of her youth with a voice of frankness and wisdom. She has overcome her trials and has been recognised academically.
Eventually it became a little dry The older narrator is a developed naturalist; she has gone on to achieve progress in her discipline. This is all well and good, but eventually I began to grow a little tired of her narrative. In addition to this, at times it felt like she was repeating herself, and her justification for killing a dragon was also plain weak.
She basically says because other people do it, it is then ok for her to do the same. This part of the memoir should have been left out in my opinion because it made Lady Trent look like an idiot, which she is most definitely is not. Overall, I think this book was a really good idea but the execution of it was lacking. I will be avoiding the rest in the serious because, no doubt, I will find them growing tedious on me.
I would, however, recommend this to fans of Robin Hobb because Lady Trent reminded me of the dragon obsessed lady in the rain wild chronicles. A natural three stars Jan 29, Emma rated it liked it. This was a pleasant enough read. It was really a story about a feisty young Victorian woman than it was about dragons though. You could just have easily had the same story, but with lions or bears for example. I'm glad I finally got round to this book-one of those that I have been meaning to try for a long while.
Would I continue the series? Maybe as a filler View 1 comment. Apr 23, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. A perfect combination of light-hearted science adventures and some serious consideration of the restriction of women's and men's lives in patriarchies.
Oh and dragons, let's not forget the dragons. I came in for the dragon-based adventure times and got smacked right in the feels.
Just read it. I knew I loved this book after reading only two pages of it. I'm finding it difficult to say anything right now because I loved it that much. This series may even become an all time favorite if each book is as good or better than this one.
Though this book is called A Natural History of Dragons it is really more about Lady Trent and how she initially became interested in dragons and also her experience on her first dragon studying expedition. This book also deals with [5 Stars] I loved this book.
This book also deals with the struggles Lady Trent has to deal with because she is a female in a society that looks down on particularly headstrong women. I loved the way this book was written: If there was a book that appealed specifically to my taste this would be the one. Lady Trent is literally my kind of lady. Oh, and did I mentioned there are gorgeous illustrations throughout?! The one thing I will say that is disappointing is the lack of development for the side characters. They often felt bland.
Overall, if you love fantasy of manners, smart spunky female protagonists, slower fantasy books without many dragons, and brilliant writing this one is definitely for you.
View all 3 comments. May 14, Mimi rated it really liked it Shelves: A Lovely book and great summer read, but oh how I wish things had turned out differently I hadn't intended to become attached to Isabella and Jacob's relationship--it just happened--and now that he's gone, it feels as though much of the strength and spirit of the story are gone along with him hide spoiler ].
View all 5 comments. It took me a long time to pick this up. I always loved the cover, but something about it kept me from thinking it was going to be up my alley. It probably turned into a 3. Plus this is less about dragons than I really thought it was going to be. Dragons are involved, but the book and the plot seem to swirl around them rather than getting involved too directly.
Lady Trent is a fun protagonist. I did like that she makes mistakes and acknowledges them. The rest of the characters are a bit flat for me.
The plot does meander a bit. The core of the book has a bit of a mystery thrown in. It felt a tad underdone and I think just too much time was spent on the origin story to have time to fully dive into a mystery.
But the book is pretty short so I think it was well-done for the amount of pages given to it. Hopefully they get even better. Apr 28, Kaitlin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Genuinely I loved this. I picked this up at long last at what I felt was the perfect time.
I've owned this book for literally years now, and I felt like it was about time I got to reading it.
I'm so glad that the time I chose to start it was also the time when I was involved in drawing Dinosaur a Genuinely I loved this. I'm so glad that the time I chose to start it was also the time when I was involved in drawing Dinosaur anatomy for University, as Dinos and Dragons are not too far removed and the blend of book and project helped me to fully immerse myself within this world: This story follows the early life of Lady Trent who we know as Isabella.
She's a young lady with a dangerous passion: In this world Dragons are rare, but not uncommon in some areas of the world. Isabella has always had a passion for the majestic beasts, and she's made a habit of 'borrowing' books on the subject from her father and sneaking in to see the beasts if ever an opportunity arises.
We follow, in Lady Trent's own words, her childhood and early adult life including her first excursion to discover more about the creatures and also get involved in the mysteries of life abroad.
The adventure is real and raw, and filled with dangers no-one foresaw, but she and her friends are resourceful. The pacing and plotting of this book are fantastic allowing the reader to follow easily and yet be drawn in. The very British sensibilities make this a wonderfully amusing read at times too, and seeing Lady Trent face the difficulties of being a woman in a man's world really worked. Isabella is lucky enough to be surrounded by men who are more free with her than most would be, and so she enjoys things rather unladylike.
I loved seeing the adventurous explorer and researcher within the prim and proper facade! This book made me laugh and smile, chuckle and roll my eyes and even get a little bit emotional too. Nov 25, Rob rated it liked it Shelves: Executive Summary: The book has surprisingly few dragons in it for being in the title of the book.
It's still a decent book, but I found myself underwhelmed by the end of it. I like dragons, but the concept of this book made me apprehensive. I ended up really enjoying the start of this book though. It really appealed to my inner scientist that wants to categorize things and understand ho Executive Summary: It really appealed to my inner scientist that wants to categorize things and understand how they work.
The main character of Lady Trent is well written. The humor while not abundant was pretty good. I'm not sure if I was expecting a series of stories about her time as a dragon naturalist exactly, but I wasn't expecting so much of her time courting her husband and her early life struggling with her interests in Natural History and science in a society where it's not proper for woman to do so.
I expected a lot more dragons stuff.
Even if it was time spent analzing and discovering things about dragons. There was certainly some of that, but it was more of a backdrop to the story of Lady Trent's early life. This feels like the first book in a series, and maybe later stories will include a lot more about her life as a Dragon Naturalist. This just felt like too much setup for me. It ends in a decent enough place and is well written, but it just wasn't really for me.
At this point I don't plan on continuing the series if it does indeed turn into one , but I imagine people who really enjoy Lady Trent, might thoroughly enjoy this book. View all 7 comments. It was an easy read that really grabed my attention and was hard to put down. I loved the world, that was very "normal", with normal animals and a normal society ressembling the 19th century.
Sometimes it felt almost like I was reading a goood historical fiction I don't usually read a lot of books about dragons, but in this one they were nicely imagined and described and fit very well in the story. The prose was beautifully written and had rea 4. The prose was beautifully written and had really nice nature descriptions, like the forests or the night sky.
The main characters personality, which most of the time felt "misplaced", was a really strong part of the story to me - she doesn't let society's chains keep her from doing what she loves to do, and ends up becoming a successful science woman. I think that's a very important message. Also loved the fact that her brothers, father and then her husband were supportive of her "strange" hobbies and dreams, unlike her mother - society's prejudices towards women sometimes come from women themselves, and not always from men.
Still, I think her character was very well developed while the other fell a little too flat sometimes; - The way the dragons and other wild life was sometimes killed almost casualy as if it were nothing bugged me a little, and I have to admit that's a bit of a down side to me. But overall it was a very good book that i really enjoyed reading. Would definitely recomend! Robin Hobb fans, Jane Austen fans. I'll preface this review with something that I feel it's important to know.
This book is not for everyone. If you read Fantasy for lots of action, wish fulfillment, badass overpowered characters, action scenes, battles, intricate plot and heavy world building, run. Run far, run fast, and don't look back. It's not for you, Jen. If you enjoy a good character piece, if you have an interest in science and natural history, if you enjoy classical literature in the I'll preface this review with something that I feel it's important to know.
In A Natural History of Dragons, a Victorian lady defies the rules of society and heads off into the wilds on an expedition to study dragons.