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Tiny Navajo Reads: Within the Sanctuary of Wings

Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan

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sanctuary of wingsThe very last memoir of Lady Trent, we see the culmination of her life’s work, and how much it has changed the world. And I love that! We get to see Lady Trent grow from a young woman going to Vystranna, to the experienced woman she is now in this final book. Now, onto the review!

In this final book, someone comes to see Isabella about what may be a new species of dragon. One that has never been seen before; and it in the mountains between Yelang and Vidwatha, which has Scirling military outposts. The only way to find it is to follow the man that came to Isabella with the news, a man who was hired as a mountaineer to find a way through the mountains by the Yelangese.

As Isabella, her husband Suhail, and her college and friend, Tom Wilker make their way up the mountains in order to find this new species of dragon. Once there, they discover that the small specimen the man brought to Isabella’s attention is, in fact, a new species of dragon. At least, one that they have only seen in carvings and statues in ruins in all their travels; Draconeans. Humaniod dragons, bipedals dragons, people that have the wings and heads of dragons! But before they can do much more than just revel in confirming that this ancient race lived, an avalanche descends and Isabella is separated from the others. When she next wakes up, she is in a hut with three…Draconeans. What happens next is amazing, as Isabella is confronted with legends and learning that they are more than what they were ever depicted in ruins.

As Isabella learns about this new race and culture, she learns that everything she and her husband knew about the Draconeans is different. Not exactly wrong, but whenever there are two sides of the story and you have only heard one, hearing about the other side is always hard and causes a shift in perspective. And as Isabella learns about this, she learns that the Draconeans save her for a particular reason, and that reason is soon coming to a head as the winter moves on. It’ll take a lot, and more courage and grit than anything else Lady Trent has ever done, but she’ll do it to save the dragons.

I won’t spoil the ending of this series, and this particular book, but I loved this series! I love Lady Trent and all that she does in the name of dragons. And I love how we can see the transformation and growth that she goes through. It is my goal to own ALL of these books in hardcover and they will be a prominent place in my eventual library.

What book series have you read that you’ve enjoyed so much? Why did you enjoy it so much? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: In the Labyrinth of Drakes

In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

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drakesYou know me and dragons. All the dragons! And now we get the stereotypical dragons that breathe fire! So exciting! Onto the review!

Lady Trent writes her fourth memoir that takes place in Akhia, a desert country where some of the biggest dragons live that breathe fire. And it’s also thought to be the place where the Draconean culture may have started in the Labyrinth of Drakes, a maze area where a person would get lost and die if they weren’t careful. But before we can get anywhere near that, we have to talk about why Isabella is in Akhia and the people she meets there.

In Akhia there is a Scirland military base where Scirland is trying to breed dragons, as a synthetic dragonbone has not yet been discovered and so Scirland struggles to find a way to beat the Yelangese who have been harvesting dragonbone for several years at this point. Tom Wilker and Isabella are brought to Akhia to try and breed dragons, and their contact for the dragons is the equivalent of sultan, and his tribe is the one who brings in the dragons for the Scrilings. The desert contact, the man who brings in the dragons is someone who Isabella met in the last book, Voyage of the Basilisk, a man who stirred her heart more than she ever thought would happen again after Jacob.

As with all things that Isabella does, it all revolves around dragons and how she can get a look at ones that are alive. And their growth cycles. And just about anything else that deals with dragons.  And she finds someone who shares the same amount of love, if not for dragons, but for her.

I know this review was a little spacey, but please, believe me, these memoirs written by “Lady Trent” are some of my favorite books and I don’t really want to give a lot away. If you love strong female characters, dragons, and adventures, then you truly need to read these books!

What side characters have made stuck to you and have made you love a book series even more? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Tropic of Serpents

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

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tropic of serpentsThe second memoir by Lady Isabella Trent, we see Isabella Camherst learn more about dragons and travel to a new country to study a whole new set of dragons. And I’m so excited! Let’s go!

In this second volume of her memoirs, it has been three years since Isabella, Tom, and Lord Hilford made it back from Vystrani expedition where Isabella lost her husband and gained a son. And in those three years, Isabella has had little do in the raising of her son, a little boy named Jacob after her late husband and who looks a bit like her husband. Leaving her son behind, Isabella and Tom make their way to Eriga where they are to study the savannah snakes and hope for the chance in order to study the highly elusive Moulish swamp wyrms.

This expedition is no less dangerous or back-breaking as the last one, though Isabella is on this expedition for her own worth as a dragon naturalist, rather than as a secretary as with the previous expedition. But as she starts her studies, she has to overcome all of the occupational hazards of studying dragons, along with the politics that unfortunately comes along with it.

Throughout all of this, Isabella learns more about herself and her companions than she ever thought she would learn. She grows as a dragon naturalist, a person, a friend, and in some ways, as a mother. She learns that there is more than one way to be someone, not the way that is taught to her by society. Now, she just has to make it back home in order to put what she learned to use.

I love Marie Brennan’s books, and I love the character of Lady Isabella Trent. If you love dragons, Victorian-era fiction, and learning about different peoples in general, I highly recommend you read these books. I’ll be reviewing the rest of the series, so you can see what I like about the books. But I still believe you need to read them for yourselves.

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Tiny Navajo Reads: A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

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a natural history of dragonsOh. My. Gosh! Dragons?! Adventures?! So, much Victorian etiquette? Sign me up and let me just jump right into the books, thank you!

Lady Isabella Trent is in her sunset years, years full of adventure and dragons, and she’s decided that it was high time she write her memoirs of how she came to be the lady that she is today, the more preeminent dragon naturalist in all the world. It starts when she was a little girl, wanting to study the things that fly, all because of a wishbone. The more she studies natural history, she comes to discover that dragons are greatest flying things to ever grace the earth.

As with most young girls in this type of society, Isabella’s mother gets her ready for her Season, in which she needs to find a husband. Due to her father’s love, and her brother’s interference, her father has done some research into lords who would be willing to let their wife also use their libraries. One of the names on her list is one Jacob Camherst, a man that will not only let Isabella use his library, but he also shares her interest in dragons.

Isabella does what she does best and that is to find a way for her to get closer to dragons. In doing so, she finds a way to get herself and her husband Jacob attached to an expedition that is going to Vrystana to study rock wyrms, dragons native to the area. While in Vrystana, Isabella discovers that there is so much about dragons, dragon life in general, that the scientific community does not know. But while Isabella, Jacob, Lord Hilford and his assistant discover that there may be a way to preserve dragon bone, which would make it stronger and more durable than steel itself.

In order to protect the dragons from going extinct in people’s desire, Isabella and Jacob end up destroying the lab where the preservation process is going on, but this leads to the dire consequences, consequences that Isabella didn’t expect or see and it nearly destroys her. But these are her memoirs, so, things have to get better right?

I love these books, and I haven’t read the lastest, so I decided it was high time to start a reread in order to get to the last book. I love Isabella, she is tenacious, she is bright, she is fierce, and she is willing to go against social conventions in order to do what she wants to do, study dragons. She does make mistakes and goes through tragedies, but she still continues forward. I LOVE HER!!

Okay, what books have you decided to reread in order to read the next book? Did you enjoy them as much as you remembered? Comment below and let me know!