5bat! Review: Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5) by Marie Brennan

May 19, 2017 Review 0

5bat! Review: Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5) by Marie BrennanWithin the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan
Published by Tor Books on April 25, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romantic
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: None.
Reviewed by: Julia
5 Stars

The conclusion to the thrilling memoirs of Lady Isabella Trent and her legacy of dragon evolutionary research and anthropological adventures.

After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent--dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries and additions to the scientific field.

And yet--after her initial adventure in the mountains of Vystrana, and her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga, to the high seas aboard The Basilisk, and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia--the Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure--scaling the tallest peak in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland's enemies--and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.

WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS is the rare, magical beast that manages to be both a fitting series finale as well as a complete and utter surprise.  From start to finish this series draws much of it's emotional power from the constraints of its imaginary, historical world.  The series finale uses those same constraints, carefully nurtured in the readers' minds, to deliver a surprise that made me gasp out loud.

In the interest of avoiding spoilers, this review will avoid dissecting the particulars of this last book.  Fans of the series will enjoy another, quintessential Lady Trent expedition.  It is heartwarming to see how life after marriage continues to nurture and enrich a beloved romance. And despite Lady Trent's casual allusions to her future discoveries down the entire series, never for a moment did I expect that "discovery"to be surprising enough to shock me along side her peers.

While it is sad to close the cover on a wonderful series, from start to finish The Memoirs of Lady Trent offer much to enjoy for fans of fantasy, science, and classic adventure.  It was a pleasure to sail alongside her, and the world Lady Trent helped discover will live on vividly in my heart.

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