Tour & Giveaway: 3 Copies of A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

February 9, 2013 Giveaways 63

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A few months ago, posted the cover art for an unusual title.  The art, by the talented Todd Lockwood, portrayed an anatomically correct dragon (you can download wallpaper in various sizes here and click the cover below to see a huge version).  And Todd didn’t just create the cover, there are numerous illustrations throughout the book, a few of which you can see here:

A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Expected publication: February 5th 2013 by Tom Doherty Associates) by Marie Brennan (which Julia is reviewing later today) is described as “a delightful adventure that draws from an era currently in romantic vogue thanks to such popular shows as the BBC’s Downton Abbey. It also has parallels to the “wickedly entertaining” Alexia Tarabotti novels by Gail Carriger as both feature a headstrong female whose intellect and will can’t and won’t be stifled by her times. Additionally, its refreshingly scientific take on the well-worn fantasy trope of dragons will please both genre fans and skeptics.” Thanks to Tor, we have three copies of this gorgeous book to giveaway.

Marie Brennan

MARIE BRENNAN habitually pillages her background in anthropology, archaeology, and folklore for fictional purposes. She is the author of the Onyx Court series and the doppelgänger duology of Warrior and Witch, as well as more than thirty short stories. Find her online at



Giveaway provided by Tom Doherty Associates
3 copies of A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent


Available on February 5th 2013 by Tom Doherty Associates


Not a day goes by that the post does not bring me at least one letter from a young person (or sometimes one not so young) who wishes to follow in my footsteps and become a dragon naturalist. Nowadays, of course, the field is quite respectable, with university courses and intellectual societies putting out fat volumes titled Proceedings of some meeting or other. Those interested in respectable things, however, attend my lectures. The ones who write to me invariably want to hear about my adventures: my escape from captivity in the swamps of Mouleen, or my role in the great Battle of Keonga, or (most frequently) my flight to the inhospitable heights of the Mrtyahaima peaks, the only place on earth where the secrets of the ancient world could be unlocked.

Even the most dedicated of letter-writers could not hope to answer all these queries personally. I have therefore accepted the offer from Messrs. Carrigdon & Rudge to publish a series of memoirs, chronicling the more interesting portions of my life. By and large these shall focus on those expeditions which led to the discovery for which I have become so famous, but there shall also be occasional digressions into matters more entertaining, personal, or even (yes) salacious. One benefit of being an old woman now, and moreover one who has been called a “national treasure,” is that there are very few who can tell me what I may and may not write.

Beyond this point, therefore, lie foetid swamps, society gossip, disfiguring diseases, familial conflicts, hostile foreigners, and a plenitude of mud. You, dear reader, continue on at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart — no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments — even at the risk of one’s life — is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. If my humble words convey even a fraction of that wonder, I will rest content.

In this first volume, I will relate to you how my career as a lady adventurer and dragon naturalist began, commencing at the creation of my childhood fascination with all things winged, and for the bulk of its length describing my first foreign expedition, to study the rock-wyrms of Vystrana. Common gossip has made the bare facts well-known, but I warn you, dear reader, that all was not as you have heard.

Isabella, Lady Trent
Casselthwaite, Linshire
11 Iyar, 1895

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63 Responses to “Tour & Giveaway: 3 Copies of A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan”

  1. Brooke Banks

    Do I have to pick just one favorite thing? Because I seriously love everything about dragons. They are my favorite magical creature.

    Hmmm…okay, my favorite thing about dragons is that they can fly. And breathe fire. And are smart. And magical. Did I mention they can fly and breathe fire? =)

  2. Rebe

    I love dragons! I love these drawings, too. They look so elegant! My favorite things are the fire-breeathing and the cool colors.

  3. Readsalot81

    Reading Anne Mccaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern is what jumpstarted my love for dragon lore. I’ll be honest and say I love the look of dragons and the many descriptions and characterizations out there 🙂

  4. Jae Lee

    They’re beautiful, of course! Plus what with flying, breathing fire, and basically being made of magic, what is not to love?

  5. Kai W.

    Dragons are mystical creatures. They are beauty, strength, and power. Some are even wise.

  6. Bethie

    I love the mystical qualities of the dragon. My son used to say his favorite animal is a dragon. He was so disappointed to find out they weren’t real.

  7. Lingeorge

    I love the total majesty of the dragon. The beauty as the sit on their mountains basking in the sun takes my breath away. How they glide through the sky makes me wan to soar with them.

  8. Molly McMahon

    This book sounds wonderful! I love the artwork that you posted from it also.

  9. Lexi

    Ah dragons, what is there not to love. They can either be the aid to a hero, the heros themselves, or spawn of the devil. But no matter what persona they embrace, they are always magestic.

  10. Christine D

    They look so elegant and powerful. I fell in love with them when I was quite young, and was reading the Dragonlance series. I love all the magical things they can do, and their ferocerity when fighting.

  11. Grannie

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for letting me enter the contest. I would be most appreciative of being a winning choice for 1 of the 3 precious books. I, also, fancy myself to be somewhat of a Lady Adventurer.

    • Grannie

      My favorite thing about dragons. Oh Dear. Am I limited to only one trait? I suppose then the thing I like most about dragons is their witty intelligence. If I might have another choice it is that they can FLY!

  12. draconismoi

    Dragons are my FAVORITE THING EVER. The best thing about them? Totally impossible to wimpify. No matter how many lameass Disney-esque cartoons and stories try to dumb them down, the inherent awesomeness of dragons bleeds through.

  13. SarahDF

    My favorite things about dragons are how they can be utilized in so many ways. Sometimes they are the heroes, aids to heroes, guides, sources of knowledge, or the villain.

  14. Denise Z

    Dragons are amazing fickle creatures, they are beautiful, strong, and always find something shiny 🙂 I have a friend who would love this book and I am entering hoping to win it for her – of course I will give it a look-see before passing it on LOL

  15. Barbara Elness

    I love that dragons are so powerful. The breathing fire thing is pretty darn cool too.

  16. Samantha D

    There like cats! They tolerate you, only dragons can easily kill you. Def much more entertaining/exciting/dangerous than cats…

  17. Kirsten W

    I love all the imagination behind creating all the different types- all the little variations.

  18. Faith B

    I love how so many different cultures have dragon lore in them, even cultures who hadn’t ever been in contact with each other for hundreds of thousands of years. If that doesn’t tell you there’s some truth to the myth, I don’t know what does… 😉

  19. Alisha

    Dragons are timeless, elemental, and bring to mind notions of swords, sorcery, and epic struggle. They are wayyyy more fun than unicorns ever were! ^_^

  20. Janell

    I usually don’t enter giveaways, but for a book about dragons that is in the same vein as the Parasol Protectorate series I feel I need to. What I love abut dragons is how dangerous yet beautiful they are.

  21. Josette Schaber

    This book looks amazing! I think Dragons are amazing in how they are portrayed as the most knowledgeable, noble, materialistic, and dangerous beasts in the world.

  22. Lori H

    There are lots of things I like about dragons but if I had to choose one thing I guess it would be their strength.

  23. Shauna Tillery

    I love their mystical beauty and power. Also that dragons appear in story telling all through history, which appeals to my nature as a history buff.

  24. Luke Ying

    My favorite thing about dragons is that of all of the creatures in fantasy, they’re the closest to what can be considered royalty, without peer.

  25. rachel

    I love the power and grace you see in a dragon. It’s a powerful and majestic creature.

  26. teri

    so many things i love… I imagine how beautiful they would look soaring in the sky.

  27. J Corbin

    Dragons are some of the coolest fantasy creatures around. It’s hard to describe why, but they are simply the best 🙂

  28. Andrew Croftcheck

    Dragons are wondrous, mystical creatures that have such a huge variety in how they are portrayed, depending on the culture. I also thought I heard tell of someone studying how dragons are portrayed relative to the economic times? Interesting idea.

    Regardless, the book looks awesome, and if I weren’t a broke college kid, I would try to buy it. Alas.

  29. Hann1bal

    I like wise, intelligent dragons, like the ones in Patricia Wrede’s Enchanted Forest books. But I think my favorite dragon of them all is Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn.

  30. Ardi Alspach

    I love the protective nature of dragons. They always have your back. I have one on my back to remind myself about that every day.

  31. Greg Salvatore

    I love how graceful dragons are as they fly, fire streaming from their mouths, their tails slithering through the air like large snakes, huge wings beating the air.

  32. shauna

    Thanks so much!! I can’t really say what it is about dragons I love. I have always been fascinated by them, the height of fantasy maybe.

  33. Tara Larsen Chang

    My favorite thing about dragons is that unlike many mythical beasts, in addition to being magical they are many times depicted as sentient – capable of rational thought and even speech.

  34. Melissa

    my favorite thing about dragons is that they can fly and are long lived and wise

  35. Suzanne

    I’ve so many dragon series through the years (pern, temeraire, etc…), but I guess I’m not sure WHY I love them so much. LIke a previous commenter said: what’s not to love???

  36. Christina K.

    LOVE their history and mythology, how some are very intelligent but can be deadly:)

    Thank you:)

  37. Sumiyati E Monoarfa

    I am a dragon lover. They are magnificent. I love that you can imprint/bond with one, converse telepathically and most importantly fly with them.~

  38. Claudia J

    Make friends with one and you can fly! Beautiful and loyal creatures that have enticed people for centuries. You can’t help falling in love with Shrek’s lady dragon and her funny donkey/dragon children 🙂

  39. Katrina T.

    I love that dragons look so majestic and awe inspiring. Thanks for the giveaway!