A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent
By: Marie Brennan
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Series: Memoirs by Lady Trent, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins (Unabridged)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Audible Rating: 4.3 (879 ratings)

I am convinced that I liked this book more than I think I did. It was good, but I kept telling myself that it really wasn’t my type of thing, and yet I finished it in two days. That kind of argues the point that maybe it was my kind of thing. And yet, I don’t feel any compulsion to rush out and get the next book in the Memoirs by Lady Trent series. Is that weird? It feels weird.

This is a Victorian Age novel that is not set in the Victorian Age. By which I mean, this isn’t on earth. Dragons!?! But that is the feel of the whole thing. Very Victorian in dress, attitude, and mannerism.

Lady Trent, herself. Interestingly, this is told from the point of view of a woman who has long since retired and is looking back on her adventures and discoveries with a very pragmatic and realistic point of view. She’s a charming old broad who is both at home with who she is and what she’s done and provides for an entertaining and amusing narrator.
The dragons are just creatures. She could be studying kangaroos and get mostly the same stories. These are natural creatures, not the gold hording intelligent creatures found in most fantasy settings. Which is a refreshing and interesting take on the idea.

You get plenty of science, politics, and adventure throughout. There are ruins of some past civilization with a whole set of mysteries that I’m sure are explored in later books. There are five books in the series as of this writing. It’s a little like Indiana Jones in a dress. Adventure and exploration in a pseudo-Victorian age. It was not the book I thought I was getting, and yet turned out to be more entertaining than I would have expected. Good stuff