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by Marie Brennan

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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Set in a neo-Victorian world, Brennan’s latest is the fictional memoir of Isabella, Lady Trent, a woman known for bringing the speculative myth of dragons into the realm of modern science. If you’ve ever secretly wished dragons were real, this story is for you. An alternate history tale about a woman who conquers her dream in the face of adversity with a supportive, loving man by her side, A Natural History of Dragons is a tale historical fiction lovers and fantasy fans alike will adore. Isabella is a heroine readers will root for, and fans of Naomi Novik and Mary Robinette Kowal will especially enjoy this book.

Beginning with her curious youth, Isabella tells the fascinating story of how she goes from a lady trapped by the strict societal pressures of her time to meeting the love of her life, fellow dragon enthusiast Jacob, and embarking on a dangerous journey that will result in Isabella becoming one of the foremost experts on dragon anthropology. (TOR, Feb., 336 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed By: Elisa Verna

Publisher: TOR

Published: February 2013

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