By Marie Brennan
Marie Brennan starts off an exhilarating new myth sequence in A usual background of Dragons, combining experience with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.
You, expensive reader, proceed at your individual possibility. it's not for the faint of heart—no extra so than the examine of dragons itself. yet such research bargains rewards past evaluate: to face in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments—even on the probability of one's life—is a satisfaction that, as soon as skilled, can by no means be forgotten. . . .
All the realm, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, understand Isabella, woman Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the awesome lady who introduced the learn of dragons out of the misty shadows of fable and false impression into the transparent mild of contemporary technological know-how. yet sooner than she grew to become the illustrious determine we all know this present day, there has been a bookish younger lady whose ardour for studying, normal background, and, sure, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here finally, in her personal phrases, is the real tale of a pioneering spirit who risked her attractiveness, her customers, and her fragile flesh and bone to fulfill her clinical interest; of ways she sought real love and happiness regardless of her lamentable eccentricities; and of her exciting excursion to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, the place she made the 1st of many ancient discoveries that will switch the realm forever.
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A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Memoir by Lady Trent, Book 1) by Marie Brennan