In the Labyrinth of Drakes

In the Labyrinth of Drakes

A Memoir by Lady Trent

Book - 2016
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In the Labyrinth of Drakes, the thrilling new book in the acclaimed fantasy series from Marie Brennan, the glamorous Lady Trent takes her adventurous explorations to the deserts of Akhia.

Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent's expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.

As is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.

The Lady Trent Memoirs
1. A Natural History of Dragons
2. The Tropic of Serpents
3. Voyage of the Basilisk
4. In the Labyrinth of Drakes
5. Within the Sanctuary of Wings

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765377630
Branch Call Number: FANTASY BRENNAN
Characteristics: 350 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.


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Jun 01, 2016

The best thing by far about this book is that Marie Brennan FINALLY explains how Isabella got the title "Lady Trent". Lady Trent has been in the subtitle since the first book, and I have been so frustrated that there was never any explanation why.

Other than that, this was one of the better books in the series. A better-realized, and more believable (yes, I know the book is about dragons) natural science expedition. What I mean by "believable" is that the objective of Isabella & co's research was a more believable and realistic research goal of biologists/natural scientists. I was also reminded of the Earl of Carnarvon expeditions in Egypt (discovery of King Tut + tomb). With this the book felt more grounded in some sense of real-world reality and logic, though I thought the parallels in this book between the "Akhians" and Muslims/Arabs were a little too on the nose. This book was probably my favorite outing in this series that I don't quite know why I read. Though I could have done without the romance between Isabella and whats-his-name Suhail.


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