Published Date: February 5, 2013
Publishing Co.: Tor
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Humans have yet to scientifically study dragons. Yes, they do exist but little is known about them. There are various species and many have theorized about them and their habits but none have mounted an expedition to do the actual research.
Isabella has been obsessed with dragons since a young age, even narrowly escaping the wrath of one has never deterred her from her fascination. Trapped by her gender, the most her father hopes for her is that she’ll find a decent husband who will let her read books. (Holy fucking shit is that a depressing thought.) She is lucky enough to attract a husband who also likes dragons and has little interest in keeping a wife on a leash. (Pheeew!)
They befriend an earl who is putting together an expedition to study a breed of dragons called Vastryan rock wyrms. Again, luck is in Isabella’s corner and the earl likes feisty women and sees no difference in women’s intelligence compared to men. He also happens to be fond of Isabella’s husband, Jacob, and invites Jacob along on the journey. Clever girl that she is, Isabella convinces them to bring her along for her organizational and drawing skills.
Thus, begins their first adventure in studying dragons for science. It is fraught with peril, strange lands, bizarrely behaving dragons, and hostile villagers.
This is the first memoir written by Isabella years after she has proved herself a notorious scientist. People know the basics of her grand adventures but here, she gives a more detailed and honest account of how these things happened.
I enjoyed this more than I expected to. I was in the mood for dragons and feisty women and this definitely delivered. The artwork mixed throughout the novel was charming. If I had the second book on hand, I would have jumped right in.