In the Labyrinth of Drakes by

There is very little pleasure in being snubbed over a task for which one is well qualified. There is, however, quite a bit of pleasure in watching the ones who did the snubbing later eat their own words.
–Marie Brennan - In the Labyrinth of Drakes - c.2016

The Memoirs of Lady Trent #4

Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent’s expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.

I think this was my favourite of all Lady Trent’s memoirs, at least that are published so far. The fifth, and final I believe, is due out next year. It has everything I loved about the previous ones, the natural history element, the vaguely Victorian setting, the almost Heyer-like drama of manners and social acceptance, plus dragons and an awareness of what it wrong with all this sexism and racism and classism.

But also, for some reason, this story just hooked me so much more than any of the others. Maybe because I have already gotten to know the characters and watched them grow and develop over the previous few books. Maybe because I read them all relatively close to one another so there was very little “where was I again” when I first opened this book. Maybe it was just better? I’m not sure. But I really loved it.

Of course now I have made the classic mistake of having read all the published books in an unfinished series and must wait for my next meeting with Lady Trent and her dragons. Ah well, at least it is expected in 2017 so I won’t be waiting too long.

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