By Marie Brennan
Tor Books, 2013
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
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 can’t celebrate these books enough. I absolutely loved the first one and couldn’t wait for the second once I found out it was going to be a series. So I flipped when I saw this was available as an e-galley and read it as soon as I could. My favorite group to recommend these books to is the teens or kids who need something more difficult to read.
They have a bit of fantasy-disguised-as-reality, which is fun. My favorite thing about the books is Lady Trent’s witty comments. She catches me off-guard because I’m reading the book so intently, then all of a sudden, she makes a joke! They have adventure and dragons, of course, also. What more could you ask for in a good book?