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A Natural History of Dragons

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All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

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Novel News

First translation has hit the shelves: A Natural History of Dragons is now available in French!


In general, it is much more beneficial to the author to buy from a bricks-and-mortar store (see this note for why), though a sale of any kind is always good.

Reviews | Music | Images | Text


"Brennan's stand-alone novel [...], written as Isabella's memoir of her youthful adventures, and beautifully illustrated by Todd Lockwood, is saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity. [...] Brennan's world-building is wonderfully subtle, rendering a familiar land alien with casual details." -- Publishers Weekly

"Told in the style of a Victorian memoir, courageous, intelligent and determined Isabella's account is colorful, vigorous and absorbing." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Whimsical language, funny remarks by the narrator, and a love for science and dragons that touches the reader as much as the heroine" -- Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Reviews


My playlists for this book were built from three types of sources:

As usual, I made a full soundtrack for the book after I was done, which I've put on a separate page to avoid any chance of spoilers.


Both main inspirations for this book were visual (which is unusual for me). The first was the Dragonology series of calendars (based on the book of the same name, which discuss different breeds of dragons as if from the perspective of a natural historian. The second was the Draconomicon supplement for the third edition of the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, which included beautiful artwork by Todd Lockwood, showing the skeletal and muscular structure of various dragons.

Todd Lockwood, of course, is the artist behind the beautiful cover (you can buy a limited signed print from his site). He also did the ten interior sketches, which, sadly, I cannot post here . . . you'll have to pick up a copy of the book to see those!

Also, if you've attended any of my more recent book tour events, you know that I've brought along dragon fossils for the "show and tell" portion of the evening. Since not everyone is able to make it to an event like that, though, I've photographed the fossils for all to see:


As part of the promotion for the novel, I participated in a lengthy blog tour of interviews and guest posts, which I have colleted here (along with various other items).