Review: A Natural History of Dragons – Marie Brennan

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Rating – 4*

I feel I have to thank Cinzia (C.A. DuBois) for bringing this book to my attention because I absolutely loved this, and it isn’t a book I would have picked up if it wasn’t for such an enthusiastic review. I actually downloaded this as an audiobook (which I would highly recommend) and devoured it in a day. I hate to repeat myself, but I absolutely adored this book. I’m only really starting to get in to fantasy, and I’ve never been someone who was drawn in to a book by the premise of dragons; this book was both and it really worked for me in spite of my habit to be dubious!

This book is set in a Victorian era, and our protagonist Isabella is fighting against society – she’s a scientist, and she loves dragons; that is simply not the done thing for a proper girl of society. This is told as Isabella writing her memoirs and that worked so, so well and A Natural History of Dragons focuses on her childhood interest, how that was nurtured, we hear how she grew up, how she fell in love, and then went on her first adventure with the dragons. I have to say it was one of the most loving – and healthy – relationships I’ve read between Isabella and Jacob. I really enjoyed how this was a fictional memoir, it really enabled me to connect with Isabella and honestly, it felt so real!

The reason this book is so incredible for me is the science. I really loved the depth of the science and I have no doubt that in the next books there will be more and that excites me so very much! One criticism is that there wasn’t all that many dragons, but I have a strong feeling that there will be more of those in future books.

As for future books, I will definitely be reading them, or listening to them. I would really like to pick this up as a physical book as I’ve heard there are beautiful diagrams and things scattered throughout which I would really love to see – while I love an audiobook there are a lot of things you miss out on! The narrator for this – Kate Reading – was perfectly suited for the book, and more importantly Isabella’s voice as she really came to life with this narrator. I would happily recommend her as a narrator, and will definitely be checking out more of her work in the future, aside from this series!

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