The synopsis of A Natural History of Dragons reads:
You, dear reader, 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.
Marie Brennan introduces an enchanting new world in A Natural History of Dragons.
You can read my review, complete with images and excerpt, here. The bottom line of the review is:
A solid read, I recommend A Natural History of Dragons to anyone who enjoys Victorian era-style storytelling and/or who is fascinated by different cultural attitudes. If you are into dragons, you may enjoy this book. However, for me, A Natural History of Dragons is less to do with dragons, and more to do with overcoming challenges — not just physical, but also societal — self-discoveries and personal growth. Finally, this book may inspire you to throw caution to the wind and pursue your own passions, no matter what obstacles – real or imagined — stand in your way.
Also, read Marie’s guest post on being a gamer here.
Tune in tomorrow (February 8, 2013) to the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show on The Look 24/7 at 7 pm PT/ 10 pm ET to listen to Marie talk about A Natural History of Dragons and more.
I have 2 copies of this book to give away, courtesy of Tor Books.
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