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Devoted readers of Lady Trent's earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed - until now.

Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella's in ways both professional and personal.

Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella's life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

©2015 Bryn Neuenschwander (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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It's like your favorite Jules Vurne, but dragons!

Ms.Brennan keeps the reader intrigued with both an accurate storytelling for a time depicted in her novels and by focusing on characters that are not of the height of society but in fact or deemed lesser than. Through the works of Elizabeth she underscores what it must have been like to be a woman of science in a time. where a woman's place was considered to be at best in the kitchen or producing babies. I also appreciate how she has come to an understanding of her depiction of dragons to the point of giving a thorough depiction of scale(pun) and skeletal structure it leaves me feeling like I'm reading an encyclopedic account of actual creatures in our own world.

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Love this series!!

Each book has something new and exciting and it definitely keeps me wanting to move to the next one. I can't recommend this series enough!

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and now I am gonna...

...go download the next book right now! I am so in love with this series!! 🐉

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Best of the series so far

Overall the book was very good, it had good pacing, didn't feel boring, it progressed the story and the relationship between the characters, loved it

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Fun pseudo-historical fantasy

This third book in the series deftly continues the fun and interesting adventures and discoveries of Isabella Trent. The author has a nice sense of character, and Kate Reading’s narration is spot on.

The books remind me of Elisabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series, but mostly because the main characters are both very opinionated and non-conventional within a convincingly Victorian setting.

And… Dragons!

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Best one yet

I really liked this one.

The thing that separates this one from the first 2 is that it effectively foreshadows cool events yet to come.

Also there's an author interview at this end. I think this should happen more often in audiobooks.

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Loved it

I enjoyed this book a lot and it ended too soon. Exiting and intriguing

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Overall, enchanting and exciting

The naturalist, the archeologist, and an exciting and unexpected journey by sea around the world in search of dragons. A little romance, a little political intrigue, a naval battle... what more could you want?

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Ending did not quite satisfy.

The last ~2 hours were very similar in structure to the earlier books but it was still very much enjoyable.

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Each book in series wonderful

Narrator is perfection. But this book as each in the series is spectacular. Fantasy enough to be fresh and real enough to allow one to ‘be there’. I will listen again and again