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. . .
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I would first like to give a huge thank you to the author, Marie Brennan for sending me her book!
Isabella is obsessed with dragons. Her tomboyish antics and unwavering determination lead to a life full of them. At the age of seven, when most good little girls stuff rose petals into a jar, Isabella collects little miniature dragons called Sparklings and preserves them in vinegar. She loves books about avian anatomy and when she discovers a book called “A Natural History of Dragons” her life changes forever. Her mother is completely disgusted with her daughter, she is supposed to be ‘proper’.
Isabella lives in a world where dragons are real but are not a suitable interest for fine young ladies. Her stubbornness and obsessive interest lead her to break the mold and to pursue her dream regardless of what might be thought proper and regardless of her well-being along with survival.
Todd Lockwood’s beautiful illustrations are peppered throughout the book and are a real treat to dragon enthusiasts. As Isabella’s journey takes her to Vystrana in the role of an illustrator, they support the story beautifully, as well.
A Natural History of Dragons treats the common fantasy trope of dragons in a unique way – and that’s quite an achievement in itself. You find yourself wishing that it would be possible to attend Lady Trent’s lectures and listen to her stories in person. You will also wish that dragons were real and that us too could go on such wonderful expeditions like hers.
I really enjoyed this book! The cover is just as brilliant as the drawings within. I would recommend this book to anyone, dragon lover or not. Wonderful story line that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next! A very easy read as well.