By Marie Brennan
Marie Brennan starts an exciting new myth sequence in A normal background of Dragons, combining experience with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.
You, expensive reader, proceed at your individual danger. it isn't for the faint of heart—no extra so than the research of dragons itself. yet such learn deals rewards past examine: to face in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments—even on the threat of one's life—is a satisfaction that, as soon as skilled, can by no means be forgotten. . . .
All the area, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, comprehend Isabella, girl Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the striking girl who introduced the examine of dragons out of the misty shadows of fable and false impression into the transparent mild of recent technological know-how. yet earlier than she turned the illustrious determine we all know at the present time, there has been a bookish younger lady whose ardour for studying, typical historical past, and, convinced, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here eventually, in her personal phrases, is the genuine tale of a pioneering spirit who risked her attractiveness, her customers, and her fragile flesh and bone to fulfill her clinical interest; of the way she sought real love and happiness regardless of her lamentable eccentricities; and of her exciting excursion to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, the place she made the 1st of many historical discoveries that might switch the realm forever.
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Back to arranged marriages and endless restrictions? Back to all those disapproving faces, so quick to condemn anything different, anything that wasn't done the way it had been done four hundred years ago? "We can't go back," she said. "No, we can't," Kestrel said dryly. "Literally. Unless we want to end up like Great-aunt Opal. " Rowan looked up. " Jade's stomach felt like a clenched fist. "They wouldn't, she said, shoving back at the memory that was trying to emerge. "Not to their own grandkids.
Above, the Milky Way cut diagonally across the sky like a river. To the south, where Mary-Lynnette had just directed her telescope, was the constellation Sagittarius, which always looked. more like a teapot than like an archer to her. And just above the spout of the teapot was a faintly pink patch of what looked like steam. It wasn't steam. It was clouds of stars. A star factory called the Lagoon Nebula. The dust and gas of dead stars was being recycled into hot young stars, just being born. It was four thousand and five hundred light-years away.
Mark grinned. "In a very real and literal sense," he said. " It was as Mary-Lynnette was walking back to the family room that a thought struck her. Chiloquin Road was right off Kahneta, the road her own house was on. The road Mrs. 's house was on. It was only two miles from Burdock Farm to Chiloquin. There couldn't be any connection. Unless the girls were burying the little green man who'd abducted Vic and Todd. But it bothered her. Two really strange things happening in the same night, in the same area.
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Memoir by Lady Trent, Book 1) by Marie Brennan