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A Natural History of Dragons [Epub] ➛ A Natural History of Dragons ➜ Marie Brennan – Thomashillier.co.uk You, dear reader, continue at your own risk It is not for the faint of heart no so than the study of dragons itself But such study offers rewards beyond compare to stand in a dragon s presence, even f You, dear reader, continue at your own risk History of PDF º It is not for the faint of heart no so than the study of dragons itself But such study offers rewards beyond compare to stand in A Natural Epub / 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 Natural History of Kindle Ô 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 dayHere 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 Marie Brennan introduces an enchanting new world in A Natural History of Dragons.


About the Author: Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan aka MA CarrickMarie Brennan is the History of PDF º author of the Doppelganger, Onyx Court, Wilders, and Memoirs of Lady Trent series of fantasy novels Sign up for her newsletter here.



10 thoughts on “A Natural History of Dragons

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    4.5 stars One benefit of being an old woman now, and over one who has been called a national treasure, is that there are very few who can tell me what I may and may not write. Ever since she was a child, Isabella was obsessed, absolutely obsessed, with dragons She would spent long hours curled up with her favorite book, A Natural History of Dragons and for a while, she was indulged by her fatherbut unfortunately that could not last No gentleman would want a wife covered in scars f 4.5 stars One benefit of being an old woman now, and over one who has been called a national treasure, is that there are very few who can tell me what I may and may not write. Ever since she was a child, Isabella was obsessed, absolutely obsessed, with dragons She would spent long hours curled up with her favorite book, A Natural History of Dragons and for a while, she was indulged by her fatherbut unfortunately that could not last No gentleman would want a wife covered in scars from misadventures with dangerous beasts. Nowadays she s known as Lady Trent, a world renowned Dragonologist, but she wasn t always quite so well knownor even well liked.During her early adulthood, all she could think of was finding a husband who would allow her to continue readingYou want me for my libraryAnd so she marries Jacob, someone who respected her eccentricities, but the newlyweds soon realize life isn t as simple as expected.A miscarriage and a deep depression results in Isabella realizing that she cannot will notever become the perfect English wifeI don t need luxury, Jacob I don t need pamperingAnd so she secures a position for herself and her husband to participate in an exhibition to far off lands, Vystrana, to study the elusive and mysterious rock wyrm But as so often happened during this exhibition, nothing went as planned. She is about to discover a whole new world and change her own forever.Oh my gosh I LOVED this one Also I have a confession to make.Some girls were obsessed with horsesI was a dragon girl Drawing, reading and dreaming all dragons all the time.And this book fulfilled every childhood dream I had It was honestly such a blow to realize that dragons didn t exist This book was so well done I loved how seriously it took the subject and how firmly grounded the dragon based world was Sheep eat grass, wolves eat deer, dragons eat everything that doesn t run away fast enoughThe only thing that bugged me was that there was a little less dragons and a littlepolitics than I expected I did love watching Isabella grow from a timid girl shaped by her times into a strong woman intent on making a life for herselfI just wantedpage time with the dragons.Thoughthat ending was a bit of a shock to the system Bit of a jump into an icy lake In other words, I did NOT appreciate the way the ending wrapped up I honestly cannot imagine where the book is going next.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading


  2. Christopher Paolini Christopher Paolini says:

    A Natural History of Dragons A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan, is a superb novel in every regard It s a classic, first person adventure full of travel, science, and of course, dragons The writing is clean, concise, and well assured The characters are interesting especially the main one, Isabella The plotting is clockwork tight 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 A Natural History of Dragons A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan, is a superb novel in every regard It s a classic, first person adventure full of travel, science, and of course, dragons The writing is clean, concise, and well assured The characters are interesting especially the main one, Isabella The plotting is clockwork tight 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 Based on this book alone, I place Marie Brennan in the top flight of sci fi fantasy authors


  3. seak seak says:

    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 but to witness them studied for science bored me to death.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 but to witness them studied for science bored me to death.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 interest in dragons and some of her early experiences with them The GoodBrennan 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 BadThe 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 evenobvious.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 The Lady Trent alludes to many experiences, especially early on, and it sounds like those are all going to happen in this book, but it took me till about 50% in to figure out that it was mainly focused on this one event and that was it 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.2 out of 5 Stars Just Okay


  4. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    I like books about people who like books Perhaps it s because it immediately allows me to sympathise with the protagonist as a bond of kinship is created Or perhaps it s because reading about books is a double winner 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 accr I like books about people who like books Perhaps it s because it immediately allows me to sympathise with the protagonist as a bond of kinship is created Or perhaps it s because reading about books is a double winner 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 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 It began when she stumbled on a book about dragons in her father s library 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 interestBe warned, then the collected volumes of this series will contain frozen mountains, foetid swamps, hostile foreigners, hostile fellow countrymen, the occasional hostile family member, bad decisions, misadventures in orienteering, diseases of an unromantic sort, and a plenitude of mud This, for me, made the story quite strong 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 She is a strong woman she can now see the absurdity of the gender restrictions she was forced to endure she has developed the confidence to question the ridiculousness of it, and at the same time has captured the essence of her na ve young self The effect of this was a memoir that felt real it felt like I d picked this up from someone s shelf in a fantasy universe 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 I felt because of the memoir style of the writing some of the chapters didn t link together particularly well This didn t have the flow of a normal novel, and at times I had to glance back at pervious chapters to remind myself of what had happened In addition to this, at times it felt like she was repeating herself, and her justification for killing a dragon was also plain weak In it she suggested the hypocrisy of dragon rights activists they argue that hunting dragons is wrong but it s ok to kill other creatures in the same way That s true it is hypocrisy But, that doesn t justify her argument 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 I m sure this is merely coincidence, but if you liked that character Lady Trent is very much the same A natural three stars


  5. Emma Emma says:

    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.


  6. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Phenomenal 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.


  7. Sanaa Sanaa says:

    5 Stars I loved this book 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 reallyabout 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 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 reallyabout 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 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 how this almost Victorian England setting interacts with the fantasy scientific world of dragons and Lady Trent s almost coming of age story.I loved the way this book was written the humor, the spunk, the romance, the science, everything 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


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    The dragon within my heart stirred, shifting her wings, as if remembering they could be used to fly Before starting this book I ve been warned by many people A Natural History of dragons is not a book about dragons which is, on one hand, correct This fictional memoir follows the life and adventures of Lady Isabella Trent, a woman who, despite her gender and upbringing, became the most influential expert on dragons of her time In truth, this book focuses so much on her life and her recallThe dragon within my heart stirred, shifting her wings, as if remembering they could be used to fly Before starting this book I ve been warned by many people A Natural History of dragons is not a book about dragons which is, on one hand, correct This fictional memoir follows the life and adventures of Lady Isabella Trent, a woman who, despite her gender and upbringing, became the most influential expert on dragons of her time In truth, this book focuses so much on her life and her recalling of the events that the presence of dragons as the subject of her studies, appears, on one hand, to be marginal On the other hand, even if it was true that Lady Trent s expeditions could have been about any other wild animal, or even just explorations of the wilderness, the fact that the animal in question is a dragon, makes it 200% cooler Indeed, my favourite feature in this book was the contrast between the old fashioned, predictable character of Lady Trent a strong, revolutionary woman of her time who challenges gender stereotypes with the ambition to become a scholar and the subject of her studies It felt like seeing Jane Eyre riding unicorns I adored the choice of the author in creating this element of absurd, and I appreciated the fact that she didn t try to make Lady Trent different from exactly how you would imagine a character like herself in those situations She is, of course, predictable and the other characters are as well the story is predictable too, in a way but, I mean, we re talking about dragons I thought just the idea of this book was very clever.Finally, the book itself is very entertaining, and I was very involved with the plot Not so much with the characters, for whom I didn t really feel much affection The cold, scientific way of writing of the fictional author might have been the main reason for that, but also a general coldness surrounding human relationships in those years Overall, I found this book very interesting and I would love to go on with the series


  9. Bradley Bradley says:

    I think I m in love with this book No I know it I don t know what I expected, but it wasn t a call back to the early days of science when the practitioners called themselves Naturalists, being well funded amateurs and Lords Or Ladies striking out into the wide world for the simple pleasure of learning, discovery, and adventure.Maybe I should have expected that But then, maybe I shouldn t have expected it to be charming, totally delightful, emotionally rewarding, smart, and witty bu I think I m in love with this book No I know it I don t know what I expected, but it wasn t a call back to the early days of science when the practitioners called themselves Naturalists, being well funded amateurs and Lords Or Ladies striking out into the wide world for the simple pleasure of learning, discovery, and adventure.Maybe I should have expected that But then, maybe I shouldn t have expected it to be charming, totally delightful, emotionally rewarding, smart, and witty but then, I did get that, too.But the real kicker I was caught and dipped in vinegar the very moment that we began wondering whether dragons had wishbones The total love of books, the frustration that women with talent and drive always experience when they re told they re not allowed in certain fields, and the utter DEMAND one puts on oneself to succeed at all costs well, THIS is what preserved me.Great observations, charmingly told, this is almost like Indiana Jones with Dragons as written by a wonderfully quirky woman with a sharp eye I can t recommend this enough


  10. Trish Trish says:

    By right, I should have loved and adored this A regency style world, very Austen y, with a strong female lead and with the added spice of DRAGONS Sadly, I m not really all that charmed.We have here the first volume in the auto biography of Lady Trent, a scholar of dragons In this first volume, we follow her childhood and teenage years until she gets married and a bit further She s always been a bit of a tomboy and a bookworm, to say nothing of her love for natural history After finding a By right, I should have loved and adored this A regency style world, very Austen y, with a strong female lead and with the added spice of DRAGONS Sadly, I m not really all that charmed.We have here the first volume in the auto biography of Lady Trent, a scholar of dragons In this first volume, we follow her childhood and teenage years until she gets married and a bit further She s always been a bit of a tomboy and a bookworm, to say nothing of her love for natural history After finding a particular tome in her father s library, she loves nothingthan dragons which I can relate to For in this world, they aren t mythical creatures but wild animals One day, she meets the perfect husband, Jacob, gets married and even manages to talk him into taking her on an expedition highly unusual for a woman back then.Heartbreak and elation follow in equal measure as we accompany Lady Trent on her way to scholarly fame.The idea of a book about the natural history of dragons fascinated me I have always loved reading about naturalists such as Charles Darwin, Alexander von Humboldt and others and how they started or at least heavily influenced the scientific process culminating in what we know and do today, so the idea of a fictional female naturalist not giving a damn about convention and travelling the globe to study THE fantastical creatures invented by human minds, sounded wonderful.Sadly, while the writing isn t bad and while the characters aren t terrible though also far from lively and nuanced and while the events are interesting enough, I was never sucked in the way I had anticipated hoped and I just can t imagine reading 4books like this albeit about other dragon species exploits.Makes me want to cry, really, but here we are I am wondering if I m just in a strange mood and if that might have influenced marred my enjoyment of this tale or if it was the fact that there were hardly any dragons here on top of my other complaints Since I m not entirely sure, I m giving this 2.5 stars but rounding up


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