A Natural History of Dragons

A Memoir by Lady Trent

A Natural History of Dragons (Volume 1 of 5)

Marie Brennan; Read By Kate Reading

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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.

“Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity.”Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on A Natural History of Dragons

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When I was seven, I found a sparkling lying dead on a bench at the edge of the woods which formed the back boundary of our garden, that the groundskeeper had not yet cleared away. With much excitement, I brought it for my mother to see, but by the time I reached her it had mostly collapsed into ash in my hands. Mama exclaimed in distaste and sent me to wash.

Our cook, a tall and gangly woman who nonetheless produced the most amazing soups and soufflés (thus putting the lie to the notion that one cannot trust a slender cook) was the one who showed me the secret

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“Her Ladyship is a determined and canny woman in search of dragons—I wholeheartedly approve!”
—Melanie Rawn, bestselling author of Touchstone, on A Natural History of Dragons

“Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity.”Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“If you’ve ever secretly wished dragons were real, this story is for you. Fans of Naomi Novik and Mary Robinette Kowal will especially enjoy this book.”—RT Book Reviews

“Told in the style of a Victorian memoir, courageous, intelligent and determined Isabella’s account is colorful, vigorous and absorbing. A sort of Victorian why-what-whodunit embellished by Brennan’s singular upgrade of a fantasy bromide and revitalizingly different viewpoint.”Kirkus Reviews

"Lady Trent is the Jane Goodall of dragonkind, and I’m glad she’s finally sharing her story with the world."—Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

"A Natural History of Dragons stands somewhere between Naomi Novik and Elizabeth Peters, but rock-solidly in its own world and on its own terms. Highly recommended."—Daniel Fox, author of Dragon in Chains


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Marie Brennan; Read By Kate Reading

MARIE BRENNAN habitually pillages her background in anthropology, archaeology, and folklore for fictional purposes. She is the author of the Onyx Court series (Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lie, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire) and the Doppelganger duology (Warrior and Witch), as well as more than thirty short stories.

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A Natural History of Dragons
A Memoir by Lady Trent
Marie Brennan; Read By Kate Reading

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Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
October 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427243904
ISBN10: 1427243905
Audio Run Time: 10:00
$23.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
February 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765331960
ISBN10: 0765331969
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$25.99

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Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
February 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765375070
ISBN10: 0765375079
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages, Includes 2 maps and black-and-white sketches throughout
$15.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
February 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429956314
ISBN10: 1429956313
336 pages
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