Book Review

Book Review: Within the Sanctuary of Wings


4 Stars

I feel kind of sad saying goodbye to Lady Trent… I’ve grown quite fond of her. She was a kick-ass woman who refused to accept the sexism of her time and worked relentlessly to pursue her passion and fight for her rights. By all accounts she’s pretty awesome, though she has the kind of luck that you have to wonder if it’s maybe a little unrealistic… even for a fantasy series.

This last adventure wasn’t the most exciting, but it was certainly the biggest discovery and it had it’s moments. It had a little of the “running out of steam” feel most series get after a while, and even the drawings were only so-so. While I’d probably still read another one if it came to it, I’m glad Marie Brennan knew to end it when it was time. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as dragging out a good series so much that it turns bad…

That’s not saying I didn’t enjoy it though…

It’s difficult to review this one without giving too much away, and honestly I don’t feel lus to try right now, so I’ll just go with it was a good ending to a good series. Maybe nothing spectacular about it that’ll have people talking about it for ever like Harry Potter. But it’s definitely a series I’ll recommend to other readers… and I might even reread it again in the future.

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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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