Attentive readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoir, A Natural History of Dragons, are already familiar with how a bookish and determined young woman named Isabella first set out on the historic course that would one day lead her to becoming the world’s premier dragon naturalist. Now, in this remarkably candid second volume, Lady Trent looks back at the next stage of her illustrious (and occasionally scandalous) career.
Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms of the tropics.
The expedition is not an easy one. Accompanied by both an old associate and a runaway heiress, Isabella must brave oppressive heat, merciless fevers, palace intrigues, gossip, and other hazards in order to satisfy her boundless fascination with all things draconian, even if it means venturing deep into the forbidden jungle known as the Green Hell . . . where her courage, resourcefulness, and scientific curiosity will be tested as never before
I definitely like this one better than the first; it may have to do with me getting use to the writing style, seeing how this is written as a memoir. I absolutely adore the covers of the series; the first one is my favorite. The writing is enjoyable, though I know people won't like how slow pace the writing is and the many descriptions they might consider boring, it fascinates me. I have to keep reminding myself that this is fictional, because the way the author writes, makes you believe this actually happened.
Isabella wasn't my favorite in this book, I can understand that they're woman out here in the world just like her, it still didn't sit well with me. I don't want to spoil for those who haven't read it and is considering on getting this book. I really didn't agree with her parenting, if you want to call it that. Like I said, I understand that there are woman like Isabella out in the real world. I don't know, I just thought she would be somewhat decent of a parent. I'm use to her behavior now, on wanting to prove that she can do anything I man can do, but she doesn't really think of the consequences until later.
As for the other characters, they weren't really that interesting at all, though Natalie was at sometimes. I wanted Tom and Isabella to have a huge fight, because it felt like it was coming, but it never did. It did in a way, but not how I imagined it should be.
Learning of new cultures and people, when Isabella travels is awesome, I tend to try to guess where this is set and I'm pretty sure it's Africa for this one. She made it her own, inventing different tribes and what they believe, how they're different from other tribes and their views. It's one of the things I love most about this book. I can't wait to dive into The Voyage of the Basilisk when it comes out later this year.