Tiny Navajo Listens: Voyage of the Basilisk

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February 17, 2020 by TinyNavajo

Voyage of the Basilisk (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan, narrated by Kate Reading

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*Published April 7, 2015*

voyage of the basiliskThe third in our Lady Trent series, and we now get to see the truth of her voyage on the Basilisk, a truth that has not been known or seen since her voyage. But that’s what memoirs are about, uncovering the truth of what REALLY happened all those years ago.

Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.

Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

As with all things Lady Trent, this is a continuation of her story of how she became a renowned dragon naturalist. Only this time, we are visiting a time in her life that was already well documented, her two years on the Basilisk. During her time on the ship, she sent out letters and documentation of her travels to magazines and such, but there was a point in her time where she didn’t write anything for several months and this memoir here is the reason why.

We also get the start of more scandal, both romantic and policital. It just seems to follow our protagonist everywhere, especially as Isabella must follow the dragons everywhere she can. What I enjoyed most about this particular “memoir” is that it truly felt like scientific journal of her two years aboard the Basilisk with her son, friends, and resources to continue her pursuit of the creatures she loves most. This is actually one of my favourites out of all the Lady Trent series because I can see Isabella at nearly her most natural, having her son and her friends with her as she studies dragons and multitudes of dragons as well, not just one or two specific types, but everything from the sea serpents to the Chinese inspired, to the feathered serpents. Just so many dragons and all are wonderful.

Kate Reading also did an amazing job, once again, bringing Lady Trent to life as she describes her own life and what it means to her to become a dragon naturalist.

If you could study dragons, what sort of dragon would you like to study? Or is there another fantastical creature you would wish to study? Comment below and let me know!

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