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Within the Sanctuary of Wings

by Marie Brennan

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Series: Lady Trent's Memoirs (5)

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I’m a huge fan of the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, and I’ve been waiting for this concluding volume, Within the Sanctuary of Wings, for a long time. This series stars Isabella (Lady Trent), pioneering female dragon naturalist, in a secondary world reminiscent of the Victorian era. Isabella has trekked all over the world in pursuit of dragons, and this installment is no exception – she’s chasing a rumor of a new dragon species to the inhospitable Mrtyahaima mountains, home to the tallest peaks in the world. And of course she’s also getting mixed up in international politics along the way.

One of the reasons I like these books so much is that the climax is always about discovery – sure, there’s adventure, action, and near disaster, and maybe the story wouldn’t be so compelling without them, but lots of books have those. Isabella’s drive to learn more about her world is what makes her story stand out. The previous four books have been slowly building up to a great draconic revelation and I was eager to find out what it was. In retrospect, it ended up being obvious (a fact that Isabella alludes to in her narrative), but the author has been doing such a good job of building up the world and the rules that it operates on that I was as amazed as the characters.

Other than that, I don’t have much to say about this book. If you haven’t read this series, start at A Natural History of Dragons and keep going. If you have read the series, this is a great conclusion, it’s satisfying and there are no loose ends, so stop reading my review and acquire the book! ( )
  kgodey | May 3, 2017 |
The great strength of all five volumes of Lady Trent's memoirs is the fantastic verisimilitude of the world-building of this alternative world. It's not the characters, although Lady Trent's ascerbic voice and her passion for the study of dragons certainly contribute. It's not the plots or the action, although there is plenty of both; these could be found in any action-adventure story involving Victorian exploration and nation-building. It is the extent to which you identify and believe in this world and Lady Trent that sucks you in and refuses to let you go. I'm sad that my journeys with her are over, but this book is the same high quality as the earlier books, does not disappoint, and is a fitting finale. ( )
  ronincats | Apr 28, 2017 |
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Writing the final volume of one's memoirs is a very peculiar experience.
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Within the Sanctuary of Wings is the conclusion to Marie Brennan's thrilling Lady Trent Memoirs

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:06:25 -0500)

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