Book Review

Review: A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like 3 1/2 stars, but I’ll round it up coz it was really cute. It took me a while to read this, because I went to America for a week and was too busy to read the whole week! It’s also written in a kind of memoir style, which I’ve always had trouble immersing myself in. But all in all I really liked this, and I’m looking forward to read the other books in the series.

The story is set in a completely different world, but it’s also very similar to Victorian times London, with the same class systems and sexism. I really liked the way the author handled writing a headstrong woman in this time. It felt authentic, even though I don’t obviously know how things really went in those times.

I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more dragons… For some reason I thought she would be taming and riding them like Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon… which I’ve watched countless times with my son. The whole studying them instead is also cool, but riding them would be so much cooler! I’m holding out hope that will still happen in the series…

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