Today, I would like to share my thoughts on the book series Memoirs of Lady Trent, which I’ve really enjoyed so far. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan is book one in the five book fantasy series. I recently finished book three, Voyage of the Basilisk, and with each book, I’ve just loved it more.
The Series at a Glance
I came for the dragons and found there’s actually a lot more to this series than expected.
These books are the fictional memoirs of Isabella, Lady Trent. She is the world’s premier dragon naturalist. The series chronicles her many adventures in search of dragon’s to study.
There are five books in the series; each book focuses on a specific expedition in Isabella’s life. The title gives you a clear picture of what will take place, at least once you start reading.
While on the expeditions we follow as Isabella discovers more about herself, love, friendship, loss and the politics of the world. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there are some wild rides.
A Natural History of Dragons
Book one starts at the beginning of Isabella’s life, long before she became a widely known dragon naturalist. We watch as she grows into a young woman. Unlike the sequel books, it takes about halfway to get to the “expedition” portion, but it is still well the worth the wait.
It is primarily set in the country Scirland, which is a clear parallel with Victorian England with all of its traditional rules. The only clear difference is the dragons, obviously.
Isabella has an innate love for these creatures without having much knowledge of them, at this point nor does anyone else. When she is still young, her father gives her a book called A Natural History of Dragon.
She reads it over and over again, growing her love and need to study them further, which *spoiler alert* she does.
Now Go Read it
If it isn’t clear, I highly recommend this series. If you like stories about people’s lives, struggles, romance, adventure, or dragons, then you should pick this up. It has something for everyone.
Even if you aren’t sure, the books are only all just over 300 pages (which are really short for fantasy books) so it’s not a huge commitment.
Have you read these? Let me know what you thought in the comments, even if you didn’t like them!