March 18, 2020 by TinyNavajo
Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5) by Marie Brennan, narrated by Kate Reading
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*Published April 25, 2017*
This is the last of Lady Trent memoirs, we finally see the last bit of scientific discovery that gets Isabella Trent inducted into the scientific society that she had been striving for in the last two books.
The conclusion to the thrilling memoirs of Lady Isabella Trent and her legacy of dragon evolutionary research and anthropological adventures.
After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent–dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries and additions to the scientific field.
And yet–after her initial adventure in the mountains of Vystrana, and her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga, to the high seas aboard The Basilisk, and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia–the Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure–scaling the tallest peak in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland’s enemies–and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.
This was a strong end to a wonderfully strong series. It’s in this series that we see Lady Trent at her strongest, and at her most out-of-water. When she is called to examine and determine if there is a new species of dragon frozen in the mountains of Yelang, she can’t help but go. And she discovers much more than a new species of dragon…she discovers something that will change the way the whole world thinks of the past and the Draconians whose monuments are spotted all over the world.
To hear our aged Lady Trent, as she’s looking back on her life, explain to use what’s really happening, as it’s happening to her younger self, it’s a bit surreal to know that Isabella Trent was literally rescued by her biggest scientific discovery the world could ever have imagined. And her family believes her to be dead. What is a woman to do? Well, she is to live with a family of draconic sisters throughout the winter, learning not only their language, but learning more about the draconians and their lives and society in general.
This is honestly the best way for this series to end. And this is definitely one of the best worlds that have ever been built for a historical science fiction/fantasy series. I love the dragons, the world, the way the characters are portrayed, I love all of it. And having Kate Reading narrate the series was an EXCELLENT choice. She is the perfect person to have that dry voice of someone who is looking on their past to see just how far they have come. Wonderful choices all around! What series has become one of your favourites? Why is it your favourite series? Comment below and let me know!