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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 listener, 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)
©2013 Bryn Neuenschwander (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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By Abbygail on 03-06-16

A Fantastical, Scientific, and Captivating Joy Ride

It's hard for me to describe how I feel about this book. It awakens in me all the feelings I had as a girl, dealing with being a child that didn't want to follow the norms of what a "lady" should be.

Add to that the fact that the main character had an obsession with dragons much like I had as a child, but got a chance to live in a world where they actually existed, left me entranced by its words.

I love the scientific and historical approach the author takes on the story, a young child, their mind still absorbing every word as truth might even mistake it as a real biography of their imagination were to let them do so.

It is not dry, however, like a textbook or historical accounting. It's depths are not only adventurously exciting, but intellectually stimulating. The voice actress for the audible version especially brought the characters to life in a way I don't feel I'd have even imagined him while reading.

This book made me feel young again, and reminded me that life doesn't happen all at once. It reminded me that being a woman with intellect and a sense of adventure is something to aspire too, no matter how much society wants it the other way.

I can't tell you the extent that I loved his book, and it's worlds. I have not pined for a sequel to something so strongly since I was a child.

If you're looking for something to awaken your imagination into other worlds that aren't that far out of the range of possibly and happen to like dragons, this book is for you.

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By William on 05-30-14

Dragons like you've never seen them.

What did you like best about this story?

It felt so natural and real. In the midst of the dangers and trials you were reminded the heroine was a naturalist at heart and the scientific observation and inquiries did not disappear in favor of action at moments of crisis.

Which scene was your favorite?

The exploration of the ruins I would have to say. It was a moment of timelessness in a world of the fantastic. The heroine and reader both shared a glimpse into ancient eons.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh very much so. I sank right into the book hated having to stop and start repeatedly.

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26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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