The Tropic of Serpents

The Tropic of Serpents

A Memoir of Lady Trent

Book - 2014
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor, c2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765331977
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy Bre
Characteristics: 331 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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Feb 26, 2018

Not as good as the first, but still worth reading. I'm pretty sure taking Natalie oversees against her Legal Guardian's will is a crime, or at least it is now.

Jun 01, 2016

Though I don't remember the actual reason for research that kicked off this novel in the series (Was it something about dragon bones? I don't even know), I thought this book was the most exciting, adventure-packed one of the series. Though there's a little residue of patronising and racist colonial attitudes towards the indigenous people in the book (an inevitable consequence of modelling these books on Victorian scientific expeditions [Dr. Livingstone, I presume?]), the story is still a riveting one. I still find myself thinking about Isabella's episodes of jungle fever, and rappeling down a waterfall--the mark of great adventure writing. A feminist steampunk Indiana Jones, if you will.

KateHillier Jan 24, 2016

Lady Trent's memoirs continue and there's a lot of personal growth happening here along with the adventuring. She does go on another trip, politics and science are both involved equally but there's a lot about Isabella herself happening here. She's been in seclusion for three years more or less, society is especially unimpressed with her activities considering she is both a widow and a mother. Her assistant, Natalie, also has her own familial problems to deal with when it comes to her own desires and whether that should matter or not.

It's always great to see characters who are fearless in doing what they want but it's just as important to see the actual decisions involved. To see the consequences being weighed and the decision to hold true to what they want and what the cost of that is.

Jun 03, 2015

Set in a world that has a distinctly Victorian feel, this series is a fun combination of historical fiction and fantasy starring a strong, independent heroine. Themes include colonialism, politics, scientific discovery, and class and gender roles. Start with the 1st book, A Natural History of Dragons, and keep reading all summer.

forbesrachel Mar 31, 2015

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

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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Mar 09, 2018

Sexual Content: Does contain a scene where Isabella goes through her uuuh.. well, you know, the period where woman(fill in the blank)


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