By Marie Brennan
Tom Doherty Associates, 2013
Audience: All Teens, Adults
Source: My Own Bookshelf
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 book was so much fun. It's about a lady who goes on a dragon hunt - not to kill them, but to learn about them. She breaks all sorts of barriers to women in her life. Basically, she's awesome. I really loved this book, and it's PERFECT for teens who are looking for something outside of the teen section. It's the cleanest adult book that I've read in a long time. It's not boring, either. I hope there's a sequel! My review doesn't do this book justice, really. Just read it.