In the Labyrinth of Drakes: the thrilling new audiobook in the acclaimed fantasy series from Marie Brennan, as the glamorous Lady Trent takes her adventurous explorations to the deserts of Akhia.
Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent's expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.
As is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.
©2016 Bryn Neuenschwander (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
I love this series and the narrator, Kate Reading. Reminds me of Elizabeth Peters meets fantasy meets Jane Austen. Looking forward to many more volumes!
While the series overall is excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone (but especially girls or young women who have an interest social or hard sciences in need of role models) this particular book's ending is somewhat anti-climactic (in an action sense) in comparison the earlier novels of the series.
Still a very enjoyable read that moves the very well developed and true to life characters forward in a satisfactory way. Defiantly looking forward to the next book.
I would listen to In the Labyrinth again. Kate Reading is the perfect narrator for the voice of Lady Trent. Marie Brennan has a style of writing that infuses adventure with humor and just touch of romantic interest. Her characters are well rounded, interesting to get to know. Putting the book in memoir style with the first person makes the listener connect with the characters and their surroundings and makes the plot more involved.
This book, and indeed the series, stands apart, but I think the Dragon Keeper series by Robin Hobb has one or two similarities. In both books there are past civilizations, with close connections to dragons, who had been wiped out. There were also people trying to discover more about those connections.
In the Labyrinth of Drakes has quite a few really good scenes so it is hard to pick a favorite, but when she finds the covered staircase and the group decide to stay to investigate, you can feel their excitement and can't wait to find out what is at the bottom of them.
I normally only get to listen to audiobooks on my drive to and from work, but for this series I found myself sitting in my vehicle when I got home, telling myself I would listen to just a little bit more.
This series is the first from Marie Brennan that I have read or listened to, but probably won't be the last. I sincerely hope that we have not heard the last of Lady Trent and company because there are a lot of unanswered questions about her life and their discoveries. Kate Reading gave a wonderful narration, as usual. It was actually a search of her works that led me to this series and I am very glad it did.
Report Inappropriate Content