The Tropic of Serpents

Brennan, Marie

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Tropic of Serpents
"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, in which she lost her husband, the widowed Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the savage, 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"--

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765375087
Characteristics: 331 pages :,illustrations, map ;,22 cm


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Mar 31, 2015
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lady Trent's adventures continue in book two as she travels to Eriga and traverses the swamp known as the Green Hell in order to research dragons. The world remains firmly set in the realistic, with clear parallels between it and ours. Dragons are real creatures, not magical, they have biological reasons for being the way they are, and Lady Trent is determined to discover all about them. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge, independent nature, and her rationality come to the fore more so this time because she undertakes this study under her own name. Politics, and the thoughts of the civilized Scirling society, continue to hinder her though, making her research trip more difficult than she would have wished. Her memoir continues to present thoughtful inquiry and accounts of her findings while keeping a engaging pace. With its mixture of natural history, scandal, adventure, and a charming lead character, this series once again proves itself to be a must read.

May 21, 2014
  • julia_sedai rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this sequel! I was wondering what she was going to do next after the last book. Lady Trent (Mrs. Camherst in this book) is such a great character and Marie Brennan does a fantastic job in writing the story as a memoir. I love how there are so many parallels between the world in the book and the real world. Now that I'm finished this one, I think it's going to be a long time till the next one comes out, and I'm not sure I can wait that long! I'm so curious to read more.


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