A Natural History of Dragons Summary:
All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.
A Natural History of Dragons Review: (no spoilers)
I am not the reader that makes purchases solely based on what a book cover looks like, but I would also be a liar if I said that this book cover didn’t catch my eye. I have always had a fascination with dragons, and usually pick up stories that contain them, so A Natural History of Dragons was an instant buy for me. Unfortunately, I kind of regret that decision.
The beginning of the book is wonderful. I loved Young Isabella. She reminded me a lot of how I was as a child, and so I instantly connected with her. She wanted to do things that were deemed unladylike, or even learn about things that young girls weren’t meant to learn about. Mainly, Dragons. So as the story unfolds and she gets older…the story begins to lose me.
It’s not that it was confusing for me, far from it. The way it is written started to turn more into a science textbook, and I became instantly bored. I was so sad that suddenly a story I was thoroughly enjoying just turned into a dull blip on my book love radar. Also while I liked the child version of Isabella, she bugged me as an adult. In fact, by the time the story kicks off and she’s off into this massive Dragon expedition, there isn’t a single character I care about. I would go as far as saying that I kind of learned to despise the uppity little fuckers.
Sadly, I don’t think I will be continuing with this series, and I can’t even imagine HOW this will be a series really. I learned a lesson from this though, I have to stick to my guns and not buy a book based on its incredible looking cover.
This book gets 2 out of 5 Metal Horns!