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Author: Marie Brennan Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Natural History of Dragons Series Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781427243904
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Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.

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. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

"Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity."Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on A Natural History of Dragons

An NPR Best Book of 2013

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  • Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
  • If you've ever secretly wished dragons were real, this story is for you. Fans of Naomi Novik and Mary Robinette Kowal will especially enjoy this book. RT Book Reviews
  • Her Ladyship is a determined and canny woman in search of dragons--I wholeheartedly approve! Melanie Rawn, bestselling author of Touchstone, on A Natural History of Dragons
  • "Kate Reading’s narration in this novel is superb.... The life she brings into the already outstanding Lady Trent is phenomenal. The Sound of Fantasy

  • Told in the style of a Victorian memoir, courageous, intelligent and determined Isabella's account is colorful, vigorous and absorbing. A sort of Victorian why-what-whodunit embellished by Brennan's singular upgrade of a fantasy bromide and revitalizingly different viewpoint. Kirkus Reviews
  • Lady Trent is the Jane Goodall of dragonkind, and I'm glad she's finally sharing her story with the world. Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer
  • A Natural History of Dragons stands somewhere between Naomi Novik and Elizabeth Peters, but rock-solidly in its own world and on its own terms. Highly recommended. Daniel Fox, author of Dragon in Chains

  • “Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Told in the style of a Victorian memoir, courageous, intelligent, and determined Isabella’s account is colorful, vigorous, and absorbing. A sort of Victorian why-what-whodunit embellished by Brennan’s singular upgrade of a fantasy bromide and revitalizingly different viewpoint.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “If you’ve ever secretly wished dragons were real, this story is for you. Fans of Naomi Novik and Mary Robinette Kowal will especially enjoy this book.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Lady Trent is the Jane Goodall of dragon kind, and I’m glad she’s finally sharing her story with the world.”

    Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

  • “Her ladyship is a determined and canny woman in search of dragons—I wholeheartedly approve!”

    Melanie Rawn, author of Touchstone

  • A Natural History of Dragons stands somewhere between Naomi Novik and Elizabeth Peters, but rock-solidly in its own world and on its own terms. Highly recommended.”

    Daniel Fox, author of Dragon in Chains

  • Among longlisted titles for Slate Book Review Best Books of the Year, 2013
  • Winner of NPR Best Book of the Year, 2013
  • Among shortlisted titles for World Fantasy Award - Finalist, 2014

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About the Author

Marie Brennan habitually pillages her background in anthropology, archaeology, and folklore for fictional purposes. She is the author of the Onyx Court series and the Doppelganger duology, as well as more than thirty short stories.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.