5bat! Review: In the Labyrinth of Drakes (Memoir by Lady Trent #4) by Marie Brennan

June 15, 2016 Review 2

5bat! Review: In the Labyrinth of Drakes (Memoir by Lady Trent #4) by Marie BrennanIn the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
Series: Memoir by Lady Trent #4
Published by Tor on April 5, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: None
Reviewed by: Julia
5 Stars

The thrilling new book in the acclaimed fantasy series from Marie Brennan, as the glamorous Lady Trent takes her adventurous explorations to the deserts of Akhia.

Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent's expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.

As is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.

Marie Brennan has created a literary banquet in the Lady Trent series, with IN THE LABYRINTH OF DRAKES as the piece de resistance. A delicate blend of science, romance, and adventure, this is a book readers will sigh, smile, and clasp to their chests when they're done.

A love song to scientific discovery, personal fortitude, and the romance of discovering an unknown world, IN THE LABYRINTH OF DRAKES brought back all of the excitement of our own world's "ancient history" with a dollop of magic to make things interesting.   Alongside a familiar layer of pseudo-British history, culture, and prejudices is the very real mystery of draconic biology.  Fans of the series will find long hoped for personal and professional milestones for Isabella, as well as the familiar physical graces that make these books a must have on the shelf (gorgeous illustrations and presentation).
 
I finished book three in this series, THE VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK, thinking it was my favorite Lady Trent book to date, and now I find myself saying the same about IN THE LABYRINTH OF DRAKES.  This is a series that just gets better and better, and hopefully with no end in sight. 
Series Titles:
  1. A Natural History of Dragons - 5/5
  2. The Tropic of Serpents - 5/5
  3. The Voyage of the Basilisk - 5/5
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2 Responses to “5bat! Review: In the Labyrinth of Drakes (Memoir by Lady Trent #4) by Marie Brennan”

  1. Kathryn

    Thanks! Hadn’t heard of this series. Off to buy the first one now!

  2. Mina

    I loved it, too, Julia [and how cool and unexpected was the revelation about how she actually got her title!]. This series is amazing, truly unique and outstanding.