Be warned, then: the collected volumes of this series will contain frozen mountains, fetid swamps, hostile foreigners, hostile fellow countrymen, the occasional hostile family member, bad decisions, misadventures in orienteering, diseases of an unromantic sort, and a plenitude of mud.
There is a lot I could say about this book because I loved it so much, but I’m going to keep things short (it is a minute review, after all). This is a wonderfully written memoir from the perspective of a woman who has become a household name in the study of dragons. Her world is very much like ours was a hundred years ago, except with the existence of dragons as a poorly understood force in the animal kingdom. The story is full of Lady Trent’s wisdom, snark, and crazy life experiences, and I can’t wait to start book 2, The Tropic of Serpents.
Recommendation: Read this if you enjoy biographies, dragons, natural history, subtle but momentous romances (think Young Victoria), and/or women who follow their passions and change the world.