Book Review: Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

Summary: Jane and Vincent have finally gotten some much-needed rest after their adventures in Italy when Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. His brother, who manages the estate, is overwhelmed, and no one else in his family can go. Grudgingly, out of... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

Summary: 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,... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal

Summary: In Valour and Vanity, master glamourists Jane and Vincent find themselves in the sort of a magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen wrote Ocean's Eleven. After Melody's wedding, the Ellsworths and Vincents accompany the young couple on their tour of the continent. Jane and Vincent plan to separate from the party and... Continue Reading →

Book Review: House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

Everything I've read by Diana Wynne Jones I've loved and I'm making an effort to get through more of her work. House of Many Ways is the third book set in the same universe as Howl's Flying Castle and is loosely considered a sequel but like Castle in the Air features all new characters and... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

Summary: Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

It's been a while since I first read the first Lady Trent book, A Natural History of Dragons, a book I liked but never quite fell in love with. I decided to pick up the next one as part of my reading goal to get caught up on series I've started. I'm so glad I did... Continue Reading →

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