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This was an enjoyable book. Basically set in pseduo Victorian England, following a young woman who is stifled by the strictures society has placed on her gender. She has a strong desire to be an academic, specifically regarding dragons, however that is viewed as un-lady like. Through a series of events she finds herself on an expedition which involves various hi-jinks and adventures (and of course dragons). Good characterization, however so far read 3 of the series and can apply the above description to all 3 so it's a bit samey
this fourth volume in the Lady Trent memoirs is a stake changer as we finally get to the meat of the story the involvement of the military - spying - sabotage - dragon breeding- and an archeology sub tale made this a well worthwhile story to read.
I loved this novel from the first page. A fast paced story propelled as much by its excellent characters as its detailed and interesting world. I have never read a book which conveys such an intense excitement for the wonder of scientific discovery until I discovered this series.
I have read the entire series and eagerly look forward to more Lady Trent novels. They are wonderfully written with evocative writing that really makes you feel like you are travelling along with Lady Trent.
They are a fun read for anyone who enjoys books about travel, fantasy worlds and dragons. These series are often at a slower pace compared to traditional fantasy adventure novels but I find myself enraptured all the same. Highly recommended.