The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan is a fun-filled Fantasy sequel to Brennan’s excellent novel about dragons which began her “Memoirs of Lady Trent” series, A Natural History of Dragons. Isabella Trent, a proper Victorian (style) lady who lives in an alternate fantasy world where dragons exist alongside humans, continues relating to her readers about the extremely interesting narrative of her life and experiences researching dragons.
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Back to the review — Isabella Trent is at home in Scirland, which is the equivalent of England in the world where she lives. She’s not really the domestic type, though her mother and the society she lives in frown upon young ladies pursuing activities that have been traditionally thought of as being ones solely for males. In that respect, Scirland is much like (unfortunately) our own world.
However, Lady Trent is a woman of great intellect, and numerous resources, including money, and despite now having a child — who a kind relative of hers is taking care of, while she’s busy with her search for dragons — she has fallen in love with dragons and wants to help ensure that they don’t become any further endangered than they already are.
In The Tropic of Serpents, the talented author Marie Brennan has our intrepid heroine, Isabella, embark to Eriga to continue her search and research on dragons, which she began in the mountains of Vystrana in A Natural History of Dragons.
Before she does this, though, she encounters various difficulties, including her mother, who is adamant that she doesn’t go, saying it’s way too dangerous; and, a mysterious person who breaks into the house of her friend and associate, the astute chemist Frederick Kemble.
The thief steals all of the research notes he can find at Kemble’s house on his process of preserving dragon bones, and he also destroys much of Kemble’s lab equipment in an attempt to further delay him. Kemble, fortunately, has his more recent research and notes with him upstairs, and he is able to also recreate quite a bit of the older notes from memory.
Still, it is a slight setback, though it’s one that spurs Lady Trent and another wealthy friend and dragon researcher, Lord Hilford, into leaving for Eriga within a couple of weeks. They find themselves in a perilous race against others, who are hell-bent on being the ones who exploit the method of preserving dragons and becoming filthy rich in the process.
Eriga is a war-torn country, plagued by strife, and it has soldiers from Scirland stationed on its borders to try to prevent any further conflicts from occurring there.
Many of the countries Marie Brennan mentions in The Tropic of Serpents seem to have equivalents in some of our own world’s African nations, and the Lady Trent’s efforts to preserve dragons is similar to the efforts of many conservationists to preserve the endangered species of Africa.
The dragons, or “wyrms,” that Lady Trent desires to study in The Tropic of Serpents are mysterious swamp-wyrms that live in the dense jungle ominously known also as the Green Hell.
Lady Trent has to contend not only with theses treacherous dragons, but also with loads of political and scientific intrigue. She lets nothing daunt her spirits or get in her way, though, in her pursuit of knowledge.
Lady Trent is a pioneering force of nature, and the memoirs of her journeys and adventures in the search of knowledge — and dragons — are Must Reads for anyone who loves reading Fantasy novels which feature dragons. Check out The Tropic of Serpents today, and please leave contact info below, so I can notify you if you are one of the three lucky winners of a hardback copy of this wonderful sequel to A Natural History of Dragons. This Giveaway will run from NOW through April 2 at midnight CT.
Written by: Douglas Cobb