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Within the Sanctuary of Wings

After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with Isabella, Lady Trent — dragon naturalist and scandalous explorer, perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries and additions to the scientific field.

And yet, from her initial adventure in the mountains of Vystrana, to her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga, to the high seas aboard the Basilisk, and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia, Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truth behind her most notorious adventure — braving the highest mountains in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland’s enemies — and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.


Translated editions

  • Arabic: forthcoming
  • French: Le Sanctuaire ailé
  • German: Im Schutz der Drachenschwingen
  • Polish: W Sanktuarium Skrzydeł
  • Russian: Естественная история драконов – В Обители Крыльев


What eventuates is, omitting plot spoilers, an adventure that is part exploration, part dragonology, part political conundrum, narrated with all the charm, verve, and methodological rigor as previous volumes, that will tax Isabella physically and mentally as never before [. . .] a thoroughly absorbing conclusion to this refreshingly different and consistently intriguing pentalogy.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Brennan delights with this fifth and final memoir [. . .] Lady Trent is the perfect heroine for this history-flavored fantasy romp.

Publishers Weekly

Within the Sanctuary of Wings is a fitting capstone to the Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Well-paced, emotionally engaging, delighting in the complications of science and intercultural diplomacy—and as always, full of interesting characters —and told in Isabella’s charming retrospective voice, it’s a fine achievement. I really enjoyed it. I really recommend it to fans of the series. And I really recommend the series as a whole.

Liz Bourke,