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An alternate Victorian time period where dragons are still thriving. Isabella, Lady Trent recounts her early years being a pioneer in studying dragons.
This is a fantasy alternative historical fiction memoir with a dash of mystery. There were so many elements in working so well in this book.
We are introduced to Lady Trent who is well renown for being one of the first people, let alone woman, to study dragons. She recounts her childhood, not being able to fit in with other people her age. Her love of animals and studying their anatomy. She skips all the boring parts of childhood and talks about her marriage and the first voyage she takes to study dragons.
The book showed how lucky Isabella was to be able to find a husband who allowed her to keep her interest in books and studying animals. She constantly talked about how little were allowed to contribute to science or anything outside her home.
This was a well done book about a female scientist. I have to remind myself to keep hitting that point because the word dragon is in the cover many people believe that this book would be focused solely on them. There are no dragon riders, slayers, or trainers. This book is about the woman who studied them and her discoveries.
I give this book a B.
My biggest pet peeve with this book are the illustrations. This book has many beautiful pictures but they are sketches. I was expecting more anatomic drawings, more field study sketches.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.