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The thrilling adventure of Lady Trent continues in Marie Brennan's The Tropic of Serpents.…

Attentive listeners of Lady Trent’s earlier memoir, A Natural History of Dragons, are already familiar with how a bookish and determined young woman named Isabella first set out on the historic course that would one day lead her to becoming the world’s premier dragon naturalist. Now, in this remarkably candid second volume, Lady Trent looks back at the next stage of her illustrious (and occasionally scandalous) career.

Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp wyrms of the tropics.

The expedition is not an easy one. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell…where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.

©2014 Bryn Neuenschwander (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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Like Listening to the Lady Naturalist Herself

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The author's excellent writing and the narrator's perfect characterization combine to create the experience of listening to the adventures of a dragon-mad lady naturalist in person. The story blends dragons and realism so deftly. If you like: memoirs by intelligent, witty characters, turn of the century adventure stories, or the idea of dragons as an integral part of the natural world, give this series a try.

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  • Leanna
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 04-23-15

Sexual dimorphism and more

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This series really doesn't disappoint. In this installment, Lady Trent visits a warmer climate and accidentally discovers intriguing life cycle and sexually dimorphic characteristics in the local fauna.

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Fictional science at best with even more feminism

If you have any interest in science and in dragons, this is meant for you. Or at least, I felt it was nade for me, and I am almost finishing a PhD.

This volume is centered around an expedition to a tropical country/colony and the study of the dragons therein. As before, little by little we learn about these dragons. And the continuity from book I is pretty nice. Supposing you read it, this book is when she lost the knife she mentioned losing in swamps in the previous book.

Also, the value placed on gender gap issues certainly makes a plus for it. Very worth it!

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A romp in make believe world you believe there was

I loved the first book in this series, "A Natural History of Dragons". I love this one perhaps even more. Set in a world similar to Victorian England but not quite with Dragons and manners. What fun with the irrepressible Lady Trent leading the way into the modern age.

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  • William
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 05-30-14

More Dragons, More Danger, More Amazing writing

What made the experience of listening to Tropic of Serpents the most enjoyable?

Excellent narration, is really what it comes down to. Kate Reading's voice acting was fantastic and gave each character a voice and life of it's own.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As a history buff the touches of the Victorian in the book made me chuckle quite a few times as 'Victorian Modesty' ran smack into the practical side of jungle adventuring.

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Lady Trent's latest adventure in dragon hunt

It was so thrilling. She is such engaging character. I can see her flying like a dragon.

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A+ Personality

This book (this whole series) is a masterpiece in narrative voice and a study in the art of narrative pacing. I've never seen a finer example of the latter, and would have to reach back to giants like Mark Twain for an example of a more vivid character voice (though I am not entirely convinced it is executed any better by Twain, only more iconically).
Hard subjects like sickness, grief, recklessness, and whether or when to submit to society's standards (and why!) are not shied away from, but are handled with respect and tact.
Suggested reading level, late high school or college. There are no scenes or dialogue to prevent younger readers enjoying this story, but its first-person format from the perspective of an adult inclines it toward a more mature audience.

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Very good.

I never thought a book about dragon natural history would be so good. The old lady snark alone is worth it.

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Fantastic story!

I couldn't stop listening. The story was wonderful and clever. Thoroughly engaging and beautifully narrated.

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Kate Reading + strong heroin + good story!

There are some transparencies with her writing and she occasionally borrows heavily from classic sci-fi/fantasy stories but she makes it work well. Rather than simply regurgitating an already told tale, she reshapes and refreshes the idea and blends it nicely into her story with her characters.