5!Bat Review: The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan

May 28, 2015 Review 1

5!Bat Review: The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent #3) by Marie BrennanThe Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
Series: Memoir by Lady Trent #3
Published by Tor Books on March 31, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: None.
Reviewed by: Julia
5 Stars

Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.

Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

THE VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK is Lady Trent's most thrilling adventure to date. With little of grinding misogyny that peppered earlier books, here Isabella takes to the seas with her research fellow Tom, her son Jake, and a stalwart captain mad enough to hunt sea serpents in their natural habitat.

Once again, Brennan offers the daily realities of biology at the turn of the century, as much hunting and politics and anthropology as it is studying natural phenomena.  Those Machiavellian obstacles don't seem as frustrating when she can sail away on her ship, encountering fascinating (and romantic) people in her search for answers.

Over the course of this book tantalizing hints collect about Lady Trent's future relationships, the political upheavals that would shape her future , and the biological nature of the dragons she so loves.  While I've enjoyed this series all along, THE VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK may be the first that I finished and was desperate for the next installment.  Isabella is at the cusp of so many changes, both personal and professional, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Series Titles:
  1. A Natural History of Dragons - 5/5
  2. The Tropic of Serpents - 5/5
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One Response to “5!Bat Review: The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan”

  1. Anne

    This is a new to me author/series. Requested the first book from the library after reading your review. It reminds of a fantasy version of the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters which I really enjoyed.