All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.
" This is not what I signed up for. I wasn't thinking when I bought this, nor was I giving any thought about the memoir part, because it reads as one. I'm bored out of my mind!" When I updated that, I was indeed bored out my mind. I really didn't care for Lady Trent's young childhood, even though I knew it was important to the story. To be honest, I thought it was going to step right into action or somewhat close to it.
"Bored out of my mind! That little scene did nothing for me. I'm going to pick up another book." Seeing how, I don't remember what happened at this scene, because I'm too lazy to go upstairs to retrieve the book and found out what it was. Oh never mind, I remember what scene it was. Yeah, that scene really didn't do anything for, again, I do understand why it was needed for the story.
"Okay, I lied. I didn't pick up a new book. It's getting good now." Indeed it was. The story moved two years or so the future when she's at the age of seventeen and was doing the whole Season thing on finding a husband. I got so much second hand embarrassment because Isabella when she and her brother attended the King's Menagerie. That's where she meets her husband Jacob Camherst, 23, who doesn't plan on getting married anytime soon, but once he heard her talk about dragons, it was over, he had to have her. I instantly was drawn to him, I don't know why, it has to be his personality, how he can't just say no to his wife.
So much happened between 55 pages that made me so engrossed with this book that I couldn't put it down. I felt for Isabella after she had miscarriage and was a little upset that Jacob moved to a separate room, but I guess I can understand why he did it. Isabella was depressed after her lost of course, but her love for dragons brought her out of it. She meets Lord Hilford at an event for Jacob's younger brother, because he was looking for a wife. She likes Hilford a lot because he loves and studies dragons, so she and Jacob be friends him. Isabella is a cunningly little thing and planted a see in Hilford head to have Jacob go with to an expedition to Vystrani to find out what's going on with the dragons. Remember when I said Jacob couldn't say no to Isabella? Can you guess what she asked him? She wanted to go as well, that's why she planted the seed.
Along with Jacob, Hilford and Isabella, Hilford's accountant I think, I'm most likely wrong about what he is, Tom Wilker, also goes to Vystrani, to a small village called Drustanev. There was drama for the start; a dragon attack, the town people didn't want them there. It was a lot, but at the same time it was a little boring, but again, I have to remind myself that this was a memoir, and some memoirs do have boring parts. It was instersting to say the least.
I'm going to skip a lot of parts, because I may give things away, but if you read this, you know a certain scene that happened at the end of the book, tore me up inside. I threw my book away from, I just couldn't deal.
I wish I had bought the second book as well, I didn't know I was going to enjoy it so much. It did take me a while to get use to the whole set up of the book, but I do love the writing style and how it was written. The illustrations are beautiful and the whole natural history of dragons was exceptional. For a moment I thought everything in this was real, it was informative and well explained instead of thrown together.
Now I'm going to buy the second book and wait for the third to come out.