Thursday, 26 March 2015

Voyage of the Basilisk - Marie Brennan

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.

My thoughts:
Like I said before, this series is so delightful!

It's written as a memoir by a famous dragon naturalist. There are also a few drawings (lovely ones by the way.) The whole book just reads perfectly.

Isabella is in society's eyes truly scandalous. I love her. She does her own thing. She loves dragons and she loves studying them. Because what are dragons really? How are the different species connected? Were they tame in the old days when the Draconeans ruled? So many questions she wants the answers for, and hey so many questions I want too. A natural history of dragons, awesome. And even if she is not a historian I love the bits of the Draconeans, the old ruins and legends.

In this book she travels to many places in her world to learn about dragons. the feathered ones, the sea ones, and more. And of course she gets in a bit of trouble because a sea journey is never easy. The book kept me hooked to the end and it was with a sigh I finished it since I wanted more. But alas, not even a blurb for book 4 yet.

Conclusion:
Beautiful artwork, fascinating personalities and a story that pulls you in. I do recommend this great series.

cover
Nice

Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 27th 2015 by Titan Books
Memoir by Lady Trent #3
Fantasy
For review


34 comments:

  1. OK I need to read these. I think I need to buy them (vs library or borrowing/ebook) too because of the illustrations.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. They were so lovely :D I really appreciated them

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  2. I'm so glad you liked this third book. I need to get a copy of the finished version when it comes out, because my ARC did not include these beautiful illustrations :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Oh that sucks :D I love the illustrations :) But you can look at them later then

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  3. I think I would love this story for the illustrations alone! Gorgeous:)

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  4. That cover is beautiful and what you say about this series interests me, I'm adding it to my list, thanks ! Funny enough, the name of the author is the same as the lead singer of Clannad - but I guess it's a pretty common name in Ireland ;)

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    1. I totally wrote it by mistake as Maire Brennan a couple of times just cos of her :)

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  5. I just need these..I want physical copies for sure..

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  6. The artwork and personalities does sound good

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  7. This book sounds so cool! And if the interior art is as good as the cover art, I'm sure it'll look beautiful too

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    1. Just like that :)
      Totally worth it

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  8. Another series I need to read.

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  9. Eee would NOT want to come up against that guy on the cover. lol

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    1. Haha, they do meet him, just in a bigger ship

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  10. ack is it friday yet please

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  11. Okay- this sounds like a book and series I would very much enjoy. It seems unique and I loved hearing your thoughts. :)
    ~Jess

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  12. Oh yes I hear great things about this series and I confess that I'm bery curious!

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  13. Oh, no! So we don't know about book 4 - when it might come out? I do understand your trepidation, my friend :) I haven't heard of anything this original for a long time. Can't wait to try it out myself! Lovely review :)

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  14. Oh you are killing me with these books! I need to learn to read faster. lol. I do want to get to these. :)

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