Tiny Navajo Reads: The Tropic of Serpents

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January 29, 2020 by TinyNavajo

The Tropic of Serpents (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #2) by Marie Brennan, narrated by Kate Reading

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*Published March 4, 2014*

tropic of serpentsI have read through this series once before, but I am now listening to this series as I needed something to listen to as I was driving to and from work on my hour long commute. And I love listening to Kate Reading, she is an AWESOME narrator!

The thrilling adventure of Lady Trent continues in Marie Brennan’s The Tropic of Serpents . . .

Attentive readers of Lady Trent’s 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 world’s 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.

At the publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

In this second volume of Lady Trent’s memoirs, we are now in Eriga, the land of the savannah snakes, arboreal tree snakes, and the Moulish swamp-wyrms. We also see Isabella as she deals with the death of her husband, and the birth of her son, Jacob, his namesake. We see what depression can do to a person, and what it means to lose yourself in your work.

As with everything about this series, I love seeing Isabella Camherst pursue her dreams of studying dragons and how much she will do absolute ANYTHING in order to study the creatures she loves so much. Even if it means descending into a place called the Green Hell to study them. I loved the descriptions of the places that Isabella goes, as well as the people she works with in order to get to the dragons.

Marie Brennan knows how to write a Victorian style travel/study memoir, and it makes me wish there truly was a world where dragons existed if just so I could study dragons myself. Her writing and the world she has created for Lady Trent is a world I want to live in. I want to study dragons, I want to see dragons, even sparklings would be amazing to behold.

I love this series, and I love Lady Trent, and I love hearing it all come to life through Kate Reading. Kate Reading is actually part of the reason I found out about the audiobooks for this series. I have listened to Kate Reading narrate for Brandon Sanderon’s The Stormlight Archive and when I found the Lady Trent series on Audible and I saw that it was narrated by Kate Reading I had to try listening to them in the high hopes that they would be awesome! And I was right! I love it when I’m right about a series!

So, what makes a book series a standout series to you? What draws you back to a book series over and over again? Comment below and let me know!

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