About the book:
Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.
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.
I won this audio book in a Tor books sweepstakes. This was the first audio book for me in a very long time. I was not sure what to expect. A coming of age story, for an adventurous young women. Not sure if it would be for me, (but it has dragons!). I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I listened to it on my commute to and from work, and enjoyed it. I liked the writing and characters. The reader was a joy to listen too. Not sure I will read the other books in this series, but a good fantasy book none the less. Not dark enough for me, but I am sure many fantasy fans out there will love this book. Thank You Tor books !