by Marie Brennan (Brennan)
A Natural History of Dragons begins a completed 5 book series in the voice of an old woman correcting the public record on her earlier, world-changing adventures.
Isabella is a girl born to minor nobility in a sort of fantasy world British Empire. She’s obsessed with dragons, which have not been studied thoroughly because they live in harsh environments and their enormous bodies decompose within a matter of hours. Isabella had little hope of even being permitted to discuss dragons until her sympathetic father put together a list of eligible young nobles with the right kind of scholarly bent to at least give her a proximity to her dreams.
Unsurprisingly, she doesn’t stay on the sidelines. When she and her husband accompany an expedition to a fantasy version of Slavic Eastern Europe to study dragons, they find that dragons have recently started seeking out humans for attacks. Isabella is forced into playing amateur detective as much as naturalist to cope with the strange happenings in a town that’s not friendly to outsiders, even as the locals are desperate for an end to the attacks.
[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.]
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by Garren H.
Bennett Martin Public Library — Public Service
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