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  • A Natural History of Dragons

  • A Memoir by Lady Trent
  • By: Marie Brennan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953

You, dear listener, 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fantastical, Scientific, and Captivating Joy Ride

  • By Abbygail on 03-06-16

A Fantastical, Scientific, and Captivating Joy Ride

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-16

It's hard for me to describe how I feel about this book. It awakens in me all the feelings I had as a girl, dealing with being a child that didn't want to follow the norms of what a "lady" should be.

Add to that the fact that the main character had an obsession with dragons much like I had as a child, but got a chance to live in a world where they actually existed, left me entranced by its words.

I love the scientific and historical approach the author takes on the story, a young child, their mind still absorbing every word as truth might even mistake it as a real biography of their imagination were to let them do so.

It is not dry, however, like a textbook or historical accounting. It's depths are not only adventurously exciting, but intellectually stimulating. The voice actress for the audible version especially brought the characters to life in a way I don't feel I'd have even imagined him while reading.

This book made me feel young again, and reminded me that life doesn't happen all at once. It reminded me that being a woman with intellect and a sense of adventure is something to aspire too, no matter how much society wants it the other way.

I can't tell you the extent that I loved his book, and it's worlds. I have not pined for a sequel to something so strongly since I was a child.

If you're looking for something to awaken your imagination into other worlds that aren't that far out of the range of possibly and happen to like dragons, this book is for you.

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