Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir by Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons)
It is a fun and profound adventure to join Lady Trent again in this third installment, Voyage of the Basilisk from Marie Brennan. The second book in this series ended with Isabella wanting to sail around the world to study dragons, and she does so for two years in this voyage. There is a whole world created here, but one is likely remember the stories of English Naturalists who went to exotic places to find answers to their questions. If one ever wondered if there were dragons and some of those other fantastical creatures of fantasy, they are in for a joy ride here. The books are also feminist and inspiring.
There is a lot to remember here, and sadly the review copy did not have the drawings and, for some, the required map. The world, which rivals the skills of Robert E. Howard, takes up a lot of the story, and as such we seem to be reminded of continents and oceans with which we are somehow already familiar. The books are about more than Natural History with not yet proven theories. There is wonderful anthropology and interesting politics here. Hopefully the answers to all of Lady Trent’s conundrums with dragons will also be available someday.
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