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Turning Darkness into Light: A Natural History of Dragons book Kindle Edition
Praise for Marie Brennan and The Memoirs of Lady Trent Series
"These chronicles have the power of fabulous and historic voyages, along with a wry wit that refuses to accept the standard notions of any era―past, present, or future."―Locus on The Memoirs of Lady Trent series
“Isabella, Lady Trent, narrates her astounding adventures from volume to volume, blending Victorian pastiche and alternate-world fantasy with a distinctly pulp sensibility…now is the time to get acquainted.”―NPR on The Voyage of the Basilisk
"This mix of scientific and [fantastic] remains in fine form." ―Publishers Weekly, on In the Labyrinth of Drakes
"Smart and nuanced...Overwhelmingly fun and a perfectly delightful [summer] read."―io9 on The Tropic of Serpents
"Uncompromisingly honest and forthright [and] narrated in Brennan's usual crisp, vivid style.... Reader, lose no time in making Isabella's acquaintance." ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review), on The Tropic of Serpents
"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 on A Natural History of Dragons
"Discoveries about the connections between dragons and humans mix with bone-punk technology, and revelations crash like waves in a satisfying conclusion." ―Publishers Weekly on Voyage of the Basilisk
"Told in the style of a Victorian memoir, courageous, intelligent and determined Isabella's account is colorful, vigorous and absorbing."―Kirkus Reviews, on A Natural History of Dragons
"Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity."―Publishers Weekly, (starred review), on A Natural History of Dragons
About the Author
- ASIN : B07VCBCS8K
- Publisher : Titan Books (20 August 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1160 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 415 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #515,940 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That said, I really loved this one. Brennan’s writing talent pings off the page as I quickly bonded with Audrey, brought up to disregard the rigid conventions of polite society, and passionate about the Draconean civilisation. She also happens to have been born into a family of high achievers – her grandmother, Lady Trent, blazed a trail with her insights into the life cycles of a variety of dragon species and her father is a world-famous translator of ancient languages. Audrey, notwithstanding her youth, is desperate to also make her mark – more particularly since she was robbed of a claim to fame by someone she’d trusted. This need drives her more than it should – and leads her into making some major mistakes. Cora, unloved and disregarded, is also someone I fell for in a big way, as well as dear, kindly Kudshayn, the draconian translator who helps Audrey with her huge task in translating these tablets.
The translations are beautifully done and the scholarly exploration of the ancient religion compared with the modern variant is perfectly achieved, with the mythological stories so well written, it was a struggle at times to remember they were a fantastic conceit nested within a novel. The initial pacing is leisurely, but once the enormity of what is going on began to emerge, I simply couldn’t put this one down. While the theme of prejudice and bigotry was all too evident, the theme that caught my attention, was the way that intellectual arrogance is also a snare that caught most of the main characters in some way.
I found this a fascinating read that crawled under my skin – I’m sure it will be one of those that stays with me and the only reason it isn’t getting a solid 10 from me, is that I did find myself skimming some of the myths, particularly at the beginning. Highly recommended for fans of the Lady Trent Memoirs series.
It is so nice to pick up a book in a series and not be hassled by explanations of what happened in previous books as so many authors seem to do and which spoils my enjoyment.
The language and cultural touches where great - although now I want some of the timeline filled in and to know what happens next.
That said... This sequel is not up to snuff. Perhaps it was a function of writing in the shadow of her own success, perhaps the epistolary style robbed the narrative of the appropriate action and urgency, but the character of Audrey was not especially compelling, and there were times that I was simply bored. The major conflict of the narrative is especially relevant to the times - independent parties falsifying documents to affect political change in the direction of a repressive agenda - and there is ample material to work with in the scope of Brennan's established Scirland in the wake of an industrial revolution, but the telling fell far short of expectation. It was lack-luster and abstracted by a "scholar's" interests.
I still have hope for future volumes - Brennan's world is as vast and interesting as the world its based on, and in her previous works she rendered the scholarly abstract powerfully relevant to everyday life, but this first installment was a bit of a miss.