A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan is the first person story of Isabella, Lady Trent, the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.

Isabella introduces herself, first, as a young girl fascinated with dragons, science, and natural history - all pursuits not appropriate for a woman living in her time. As a young woman of marriageable age, Isabella must not pursue her personal interests; she must concentrate on finding a husband. She is fortunate to meet, at an exhibit of dragons at the king's menagerie, an eligible bachelor who shares her knowledge of and fascination with dragons. When she chances, at a reception, to meet the elderly Lord Hilford, a man with the interest and resources to pursue the study of dragons, Isabella and her husband begin their first expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana.  

In a strong young woman's voice, Isabella describes her way of life and her first learning experiences and explorations with dragons.  There is danger and mystery in her travels. The setting is a fantasy world with similarities to Victorian England.  Maps and illustrations of the dragons studied add to the book's allure. This book is to be the first in a series, so more delights and adventures to come.

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