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The Tropic of Serpents: A Memoir by Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons #2)by Marie Brennan
Saturday, May 03, 2014 02:00 PM
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton, OR
Acclaimed fantasist Mary Robinette Kowal has enchanted many fans with her beloved novels featuring a Regency setting in which magic — known here as glamour — is real. In Valour and Vanity (Tor), master glamourists Jane and Vincent find themselves in the sort of a magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen wrote Ocean's Eleven. The thrilling adventure of Lady Trent continues in Marie Brennan's The Tropic of Serpents (Tor). In this remarkably candid second volume, Lady Trent looks back at the next stage of her illustrious (and occasionally scandalous) career.
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The thrilling adventure of Lady Trent continues in Marie Brennan's The Tropic of Serpents . . .
Attentive readers of Lady Trents earlier memoir, A Natural History of Dragons, are already familiar with how a bookish and determined young woman named Isabella first set out on the historic course that would one day lead her to becoming the worlds premier dragon naturalist. Now, in this remarkably candid second volume, Lady Trent looks back at the next stage of her illustrious (and occasionally scandalous) career.
Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms of the tropics.
The expedition is not an easy one. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell . . . where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before.
"Brennan's sequel to A Natural History of Dragons is more of the same — a literate account of a woman's fieldwork on dragons, which in this imagined 19th-century world are natural creatures. Isabella, Lady Trent, has even determined the six criteria for classifying an animal as a dragon, which include 'wings capable of flight,' 'a ruff or fan behind the skull,' and 'extraordinary breath.' Lady Trent makes for an intrepid and pleasingly independent protagonist, mastering challenges both emotional and physical. Apart from the existence of the incredible beasts (there are multiple species, such as swamp-wyrms and savannah snakes), the differences from our own world are almost too subtle. Brennan suggests that Judaism is the dominant religion, but there's not much reason to believe that the narrative would have unfolded much differently in our own Victorian England, rather than Lady Trent's homeland of Scirland. Agent: Eddie Schneider, J.A. Bberwocky Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"This, the second of Isabella's retrospective memoirs, is as uncompromisingly honest and forthright as the first, narrated in Brennan's usual crisp, vivid style, with a heroine at once admirable, formidable and captivating. Reader, lose no time in making Isabella's acquaintance." Kirkus, starred review
About the Author
Marie Brennan is an anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She is the author of several acclaimed fantasy novels including A Natural History of Dragons; The Onyx Court Series: Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lie, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire; Warrior; and Witch. Her short stories have appeared in more than a dozen print and online publications.
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