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The conclusion to the thrilling memoirs of Lady Isabella Trent and her legacy of dragon evolutionary research and anthropological adventures.After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent--dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats ofThe conclusion to the thrilling memoirs of Lady Isabella Trent and her legacy of dragon evolutionary research and anthropological adventures.After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent--dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and 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--after her initial adventure in the mountains of Vystrana, and her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga, to the high seas aboard The Basilisk, and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia--the Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure--scaling the tallest peak in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland's enemies--and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings....

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Within the Sanctuary of Wings Reviews

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-03-20 01:33

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/04/25/...It is with a heavy heart that I bid adieu to another one of my favorite series, but I am also glad that at long last I got to see all the ideas come to fruition in this fifth and final novel of Marie Brennan’s wholly unique Memoirs of Lady Trent. After all, Within the Sanctuary of Wings is everything a fan could want in a finale—a book that ends on a high note of hope and happiness while also deftly tying all the overall series themes and plot threads together.Furthermore, I’m sure those who have been along for the ride since A Natural History of Dragons will be glad to know that the details behind Isabella’s most infamous scientific discovery—an event that has been teased for the first four books—will finally be revealed. Without a doubt, the answers were worth waiting for. I guarantee that the revelations in this book will change everything you think you know about this series.The adventure, however, begins rather quietly. While attending a lecture on Draconean linguistics delivered by her husband, Isabella’s attention is unexpectedly pulled away by a Yelangnese stranger with an urgent matter to discuss with her. The man, whose name is Thu, reports that he has discovered the corpse of a new type of dragon while scouting with his fellow rebels in the mountains of the Mrtyahaima. As expected though, the remoteness of the location and its unforgiving conditions do little to faze the headstrong Isabella, who immediately works on putting together an expedition to Yelang so that her team can investigate Thu’s claims.Unfortunately, their road is plagued with obstacles. There is only a tiny window time in which they must reach the Mrtyahaima mountains before the monsoon season brings heaps of snow upon the peaks. Then there are the political complications. The region is unstable with different tribes chafing under the Yelangnese rule, and it’s not like Isabella is exactly welcome in Yelang either, after the way she offended their government on one of her past adventures. Worst of all, there’s no guarantee that she will find evidence of a new dragon species. Weeks of planning and risk-taking could end up being all for naught.But of course, our characters find something. And obviously I won’t spoil what it is here, but it’s something HUGE.Without revealing anything though, I will admit that the twist caught me off guard—likely what it was meant to do, but it also left me with some mixed feelings. I’ve made no secret that one of my favorite aspects of this series are the dragons and the way they are handled—not as mythological beings or exceptional creatures with special abilities or powers as most fantasy novels depict them. In contrast, Brennan’s dragons are part of the natural world, a key theme which has provided the driving force behind all these books. I found this approach refreshingly original. I also loved the science and the learning, and most of all I loved Isabella’s quest to find out as much as she can about how dragons fit into the natural order of the world. Within the Sanctuary of Wings does not really change any of this, and for that I am glad. But at the same time (and apologies for being deliberately vague on this), this installment did also manage to drop a bombshell which introduced a completely new element into my understanding of this series.As well, there were a few minor issues with pacing. First, compared to the previous books, this one started more slowly, and even the harrowing journey through the snow and ice did little to give the intro an energy boost. Second, this was also a very Isabella-centric story, resulting in less appearances by some of my other favorite characters like Tom and Suhail. Third, while lots of fascinating things happened throughout, a large chunk of the middle was characterized by inaction which, to be fair, couldn’t be helped given the way certain events played out. Finally, the ending wrapped things up way too conveniently for my tastes, but at that point I understood the need for a quick and satisfying resolution.Still, despite my quibbles, this was once again another riveting book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent sequence. It has been an absolute joy to be with Isabella as she evolved throughout the series, as well as watching her relationships grow. Sometimes, if I allow myself to get really immersed, I even start thinking of this alternate world as my own, and I have to credit the author’s incredible writing skills. These books have a way of drawing me in, making it easy for me to believe I am actually reading an account of an old woman’s youth and rise to fame as a world renowned dragon researcher. I cheered Isabella on as she fought to pursue her dream of becoming a scientist, bucking social conventions at a time when men still dominated academia. It was hard not to shed a tear by the time I got to the very last page, so moved was I to see how far our protagonist has come.Within the Sanctuary of Wings is truly Lady Trent’s greatest adventure, closing this outstanding pentalogy with style. It is a wonderful, gratifying conclusion to an overall excellent series that I just can’t recommend enough.

  • Sanaa
    2019-03-28 21:43

    [4 Stars] Fantastic end to one of my all time favorite fantasy series. I will miss Lady Trent's stories.

  • Liz
    2019-04-15 22:33

    I admit, my main reaction was "oh, so that's what we've been building up to!" Now I want to reread the series with the knowledge of where it's going. It's really clever and well done and now I want a BBC miniseries with Maggie Smith playing Lady Trent as the narrator.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-04-02 20:28

    First, I want to say that I haven't read any of the previous books in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series. However, it has been one that I have been curious about for some time. As a fantasy fan can't I help but find the books in this series very appealing. The covers for the books are fabulous and I found the idea of an alternative world set in the early 20th century with dragons intriguing. Now, since the book didn't have many maps can't I say for sure how similar the world in this series is to ours, and all the countries have different names. But, it does feel like reading an alternative Victorian-era book.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!

  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    2019-04-12 17:29

    I can't believe the series is over. Though we had a rough start together I grew to love and adore these books and Lady Isabella Trent's stories. I finally got the answers to questions asked throughout the series but at the cost of finishing a riveting tale of a very talented woman.Much as has been the pattern with these books, it's a bit of a slow start in Within the Sanctuary of Wings but that doesn't last long. I was so excited to set off on this final adventure with Lady Trent and, let me tell y'all, they found something new. Something big. Something AMAZING. And you're just going to have to read the whole series to see what I mean.To be fair, I've waited four books for this to happen so I may have been a TAD too excited when I reached that point in the story.Of course I fell back in love with all of Isabella's work, the way she approaches her research and her views of the world. The narrative voice in this entire series, of her recounting her expeditions at a later date, has become one of my absolute favorites in fantasy. She's so conversational and familiar while keeping to the structure of the story and increasing the stakes at every turn.I will say that this book didn't have quite as much action as I had expected and lagged in spots, somewhat of a letdown compared to the previous book, but still enjoyable.With that, I wanted more of SOME parts of the plot (sorry for being purposefully vague but end-of-the-series and all) while others were drawn out too much. I think part of this is that I had pretty high expectations going into the book but also one of the big twists left me with questions that were never fully answered to my satisfaction.And yet... I didn't really care when it came down to it. Yes, I wanted more but the actual reading of Within the Sanctuary of Wings was just as enjoyable as the previous books. We still get that same voice, and all of her research which is drawing together to form the big picture (which, okay, as a scientist is seriously awesome to think about).I don't think I can recommend this series enough. If you fancy yourself a scientist, like dragons, enjoy Indiana Jones, or all of the above, check these books out. They're really fun reads and you'll soon grow to love Lady Trent as much as I have. I don't want to say too much more about this book because of spoilers but it was a lovely finale to a great series and y'all definitely want to get this on your TBR soon!

  • Marielle Ooms-Voges
    2019-03-27 01:44

    Perfect ending to a lovely series of books. Questions answered and a new country to explore. I thought the books got better and better and this one made a very satisfying ending...Lady Trent and her memoirs now hold a very special place in my heart. I'm sure I'll revisit her tale someday.

  • Jessie(Ageless Pages Reviews)
    2019-04-03 18:38

    Read This Review & More Like It @ Ageless Pages Reviews!Within the Sanctuary of Wings is the fifth and final novel in Marie Brennan's anthropological fantasy series about a (usually scandalous, never boring) female dragon naturalist. It's Isabella's most daring adventure and biggest discovery yet -- and that's saying something if you know any of the details of Lady Trent's first four books. Even this far into the series, Brennan has creativity and imagination to keep her stories and characters fresh and interesting. Journeying to all new locales and encountering new dragons to study and learn, Within the Sanctuary of Wings contains all the manners and mayhem we've come to expect while effectively tying up the series' plot elements.Isabella is a force to be reckoned with, as she has been all her life. Here in the last book chronicling her storied and scandalous career and private life, she is a tad bit wiser, a tad less heedless and reckless, but she is no less intellectually curious or personally ambitious. In fact for the first time and thanks to her new marriage, she is motivated by more than just scientific career goals. Her fictional life is robust with action and scientific experiments; she defied societal expectations when she was first Lady Camherst and never failed to continue to do so through her various elevations and associations. Reading from her perspective is a unique experience every time, but a fully-developed one. The memoirs cover five decades of Lady Trent's unusual experience - from an awkward child to potential bluestocking to scholarly infamy and beyond - so it's easy to invest in her personally, and the secondary characters to a lesser degree. While Within the Sanctuary of Wings makes for an undoubtedly fun and entertaining read, it feels a bit short for a concluding volume at only three hundred fifty-odd pages. Some of the story's central plot elements feel a bit.. underdeveloped and rushed in the narrative's drive to wrap up all the loose ends of Isabella's life. The main plot of the book is clever - tying in hints and allusions and glimpses from the previous novels about a central mystery at the heart of the world (view spoiler)[the Draconeans are alive?! What?! (hide spoiler)] - as well as some other unexpected parties, but it felt somewhat unexplored before the ending.As a whole the Lady Trent books have been wryly funny mixes of Victorian attitudes and a fantasy world. With storylines concerned with everything from smashing patriarchal political complications to uncharted draconic exploration, there's a lot to enjoy about Marie Brennan's final chapter in this smart story.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-16 23:35

    I kind of procrastinated on reading this book, or at least finishing it, because I didn’t want the adventures to be over. This is the concluding volume of Lady Trent’s memoirs, and I already miss her ‘deranged practicality’, her curiosity and drive, and the people around her. Still, it’s a worthy end to her story, concluding her major scientific studies with — well, I’d better be careful not to say too much. The series has been building up to this point, and I wouldn’t want to spoil the moment of realisation and discovery halfway through this book.My only quibble, perhaps, is a minor spoiler — I find it amazing that Isabella’s team come out of all of this so well. They end up in what I think are an analogue for the mountains of Tibet, suffer avalanches and punishingly cold temperatures, and yet for the most part, they come through these trials whole or able to heal. No frostbite, no permanent injuries, etc. It’s a bit of a contrast to the end of book one, where of course Isabella’s husband dies. I probably would’ve been annoyed if Isabella didn’t get a happy ending, but maybe this one felt a little too easy.I don’t want to end on a quibble, though, because I truly love these books — more than I ever thought I would, the first time I read A Natural History of Dragons. Isabella is an amazing character, and I can’t help but love her and most of those around her. I really enjoy that the books have some illustrations of dragons and finds, and that Isabella is a serious scholar who tests hypotheses and formulates theories — she doesn’t get to the answer in one leap of intuition in book one and then simply have to prove what she already knows. The five books each see her learning more, changing her ideas, and being surprised along the way.And lest you be worried about the Victorian-ish setting of these books and what effect it might have on the narration, don’t. If they were actually set in Victorian times, I’d call them anachronistic — there’s a flavour of the old fashioned in some of the phrasing and such, but no more. Suffice it to say that my sister read the last two books in about 24 hours — snatching my copy of this one from my hand almost as soon as she saw me when I arrived to visit.If my wife would start reading them now, that’d be good. I’m waiting (and hoping she likes Isabella and her adventures as much as I do).Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-04-04 18:54

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS is the rare, magical beast that manages to be both a fitting series finale as well as a complete and utter surprise. From start to finish this series draws much of it's emotional power from the constraints of its imaginary, historical world. The series finale uses those same constraints, carefully nurtured in the readers' minds, to deliver a surprise that made me gasp out loud.In the interest of avoiding spoilers, this review will avoid dissecting the particulars of this last book. Fans of the series will enjoy another, quintessential Lady Trent expedition. It is heartwarming to see how life after marriage continues to nurture and enrich a beloved romance. And despite Lady Trent's casual allusions to her future discoveries down the entire series, never for a moment did I expect that "discovery"to be surprising enough to shock me along side her peers.While it is sad to close the cover on a wonderful series, from start to finish The Memoirs of Lady Trent offer much to enjoy for fans of fantasy, science, and classic adventure. It was a pleasure to sail alongside her, and the world Lady Trent helped discover will live on vividly in my heart.Sexual content: None.

  • BellaGBear
    2019-04-08 22:41

    I could not review the end of this series better than Isabella herself does at the end of the book (no spoiler)"If there is any conclusion to my tale (apart from my death, which I hope is yet a good way off), it is that the heart of it will never truly end. Altough my memories are of course the story of my life and career, they are also a stroy of discovery: of curiosity, and investigation, and learning, not only regarding dragons but many other topics. I take comfort in knowing that others will carry this tale forward, continually unfolding new secrets of the world in which we live, and hopefully using that understanding more often for good than for ill. And so I leave it in your hands, gentle reader. Mind you carry it well." So go out and discover, go out and do science!

  • Atlas
    2019-04-19 19:54

    * * * * * 5 / 5Mini Review!Lady Trent is back at nearly forty years of age to put the final touches on her memoirs (I love the pictures in the back - she looks like Dame Maggie Smith, so distinguished!), chronicling the final discovery as regards the Draconeans. It features most of the prominent characters from the previous books - Tom, Suhail, and her son - plus a new character Thu. It follows in the same vein as the other books in the Lady Trent series: a expedition is planned to find some new species of dragon, this time they voyage into the Mrtyahaima mountains, a team is put together, they travel and begin to make discoveries, something goes wrong, there's some sort of forbidden or sacred site involved. Yes, it's a touch formulaic, but I have found every book to be charming and fresh and Within the Sanctuary of Wings was no different. It's got all the little touches that make these books feel authentic like details about mountaineering or interactions with local people.This book is the culmination of the discovery that has been building up throughout the series - the eggs, the sculptures, the Draconean script - all the clues and hints sprinkled throughout are brought together to what is a satisfying conclusion. Whilst this book is a little low on the action side in comparison to some of the others, there's no kidnapping or wars or such, I found I didn't particularly care. The writing is as lovely and engaging as ever, Isabella Trent is as wonderful a narrator, and the illustrations in the book are stunning. Whilst the cover isn't my favourite out of the five, it does still look good on my shelf.My only criticism might be that the end wraps up a little too fast; I felt the events probably deserved a little more detail, but it did keep the book from dragging - Brennan hasn't fallen into this recent trend of writing longer and longer sequels. Other than that, I enjoyed this book thoroughly and I would absolutely recommend that anyone reading this review who hasn't read the whole series: pick it up now!I'm planning to write a full series review some time soon, so keep your eyes out for that on my blog:http://atlasrisingbooks.blogspot.com

  • Vernice
    2019-03-25 18:32

    I feel kind of sad saying goodbye to Lady Trent... I've grown quite fond of her. She was a kick-ass woman who refused to accept the sexism of her time and worked relentlessly to pursue her passion and fight for her rights. By all accounts she's pretty awesome, though she has the kind of luck that you have to wonder if it's maybe a little unrealistic... even for a fantasy series.This last adventure wasn't the most exciting, but it was certainly the biggest discovery and it had it's moments. It had a little of the "running out of steam" feel most series get after a while, and even the drawings were only so-so. While I'd probably still read another one if it came to it, I'm glad Marie Brennan knew to end it when it was time. There's nothing quite as frustrating as dragging out a good series so much that it turns bad...That's not saying I didn't enjoy it though...It's difficult to review this one without giving too much away, and honestly I don't feel lus to try right now, so I'll just go with it was a good ending to a good series. Maybe nothing spectacular about it that'll have people talking about it for ever like Harry Potter. But it's definitely a series I'll recommend to other readers... and I might even reread it again in the future.

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2019-03-31 01:52

    The end.I am sad to see this series end but as Isabella herself says in her memoirs, the truly interesting parts has already happened. And I will take her word for it.In this one she braves the highest mountains in the world in search of new dragons. And...oh I can't say but there are secrets, revelations and things I did not see coming! Exciting stuff.I like Isabella, she so wants to explore and learn new things and here she feels she needs to get out in the field again. Her husband is trying to decipher the Draconian language and is all for a trip too. Aww he is so nice.I wish I could say more about the journey but trust me, it's a good one. And as always I love the way it is written. It feels so real you know, like this really is a memoir from back in the day.This is a great series. It is written as a memoir of an inspiring woman who studies dragons. The world is rich and interesting. And as it now has ended, I do recommend it to all and read them in order so you get all her adventures.

  • Jacqie
    2019-04-17 19:31

    There's not much way to talk about what I'm interested in regarding this books, so... spoilers! Be warned!This wraps up the Lady Trent memoirs, and I will miss her. A female naturalist who isn't great with people, who inadvertently gets involved in very political situations, and has a dry sense of humor. And dragons! In this book, we have our normal "how did we get all the way out here?" intro of about 70 pages. Isabella, Suhail, Tom and a few other hardy folk venture into this world version of the Himalayas. A partially preserved dragon remain has been found- could it be a new species?Thanks to past escapades, the Yelangese ("Chinese") aren't friendly to Lady Trent, plus they are at war with her country, so this has to be done covertly. So, now to the spoilery part: Isabella discovers living Draconeans. She is rescue/captured by them after an avalanche separates her from her party. She must spend the winter with them, negotiate if she will be allowed to leave, and ultimately perform as a liaison between two species. This is all very cool. However, I never really felt the Draconeans come alive as individual characters or as people. I suppose Lady Trent has been quite restrained with her observations on her human companions as well, but a new species would seem to beg for more description. That's why I rated the book a 4 instead of a 5.Also, I didn't feel a lot of tension because there was a foregone conclusion- of course Isabella survived, because she's writing her memoirs! I would have liked more of a look into her world as it currently stands, after Draconeans and humans have met. I never felt like I really knew how that all turned out.But I've certainly seen worse wrap ups of series! There's a happy ending, after all.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-06 21:35

    4.5 starsWithin the Sanctuary of Wings is the final book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, and I am sad I've reached the end. While the first two books weren't riveting, I stuck with the series and it was worth it. The final two books were excellent, as was the audiobook narrator. These were such a different type of fantasy read for me. Almost clinical at times, which makes sense given that they are supposed to be a memoir written by a very practical, scientific woman. But her friendships, romances and love for dragons were presented in a way that showed deep emotion which made it easier to relate to her. Overall, an excellent read for someone who enjoys a good fantasy with drama that isn't presented in an overly dramatic fashion.

  • Velzerat (Goran)
    2019-03-24 21:53

    Feels like entire series has slowly/indirectly been building up to what happened in this one. Great book!

  • Felicia
    2019-03-23 00:32

    This was a very good conclusion to the Lady Trent saga! It wasn't my favorite book of the five, but I am still left now with a desire to go back and read them all again.

  • Stephen Richter
    2019-04-09 00:30

    The Memoirs of Lady Trent, in which Marie Brennan has created a Victorian style naturalist who specializes in dragons, is a fun ride. In book five the Lady Trent is giving information of a possible new undiscovered dragon. And the adventure begins. The audio is narrated by the great Kate Reading, so the story flows effortlessly. If this is the end of the series a nice way to wrap it up, but I hope it is not the last.

  • Dana Stabenow
    2019-03-22 00:56

    A satisfying conclusion to this five-book series set in an alternate Victorian England, with dragons. Recommended.

  • Kate
    2019-04-08 20:53

    2.5 stars. I love the dragon naturalist part of these books. I do. But when that's all there is, it can be rather dry. I missed the human interaction and the story of Isabella herself we got the last book. And I really, really missed Tom in this book.

  • Katie
    2019-03-23 00:56

    A great end to a great series though to my mind it wasn't as strong as In the Labyrinth of Drakes but perhaps that was because I read it in print form rather than listening to the audiobook.

  • Fantasy Literature
    2019-04-13 00:57

    Reviewed by Bill and Jana. Plotting and pace have always been the sticking points for me in the MEMOIRS OF LADY TRENT series by Marie Brennan, the reasons why the individual books have never climbed above a four-star rating for me and have at times dipped to three and a half. But what has never flagged for me has been my appreciation of that wonderful narrative voice, that of Lady Trent herself. Voice is the reason I kept reading these novels, and voice is what has finally led me here to the fifth and supposedly final one, Within the Sanctuary of Wings (2017). And once again, I find that while issues of plot and pace raise their heads once more, I’m willing to (mostly) overlook them just to bask for perhaps the last time in that ... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

  • Lo
    2019-04-12 19:40

    I don't think I've ever been more exited for the conclusion of a series... and sad that it's concluding! I don't ever recommend these books, because I can't think of who else would like them, but man these are right up my nerdy feminist alley!Update now that I've read it: what a great series! After the final revalations which were, looking back, alluded to so many times before by Lady Trent, I have to read the whole series again. And I'm delighted! Ultimately this series answers a question I'd never thought to ask myself: what if Indiana Jones were actually good at his job? You know, followed archeological principles and kept office hours and stuff... also, as a nice bonus, he's a lady!

  • Kendra
    2019-03-25 22:54

    <3

  • Rachel Marie
    2019-03-27 20:30

    This was such a perfect conclusion to such an amazing series. I loved every bit of this story over all 5 books, and am so sad to say goodbye to these characters (and dragons).

  • Luana
    2019-04-18 18:43

    3,5Leggermente meno piacevole rispetto al volume precedente: qui la Brennan ci propone quella che è stata la scoperta (quella con la S maiuscola) che ha fatto di Isabella una delle naturaliste più famose e stimate al mondo, tanto da aprirle finalmente le porte del Philosophers' Colloquium.Stanca di fare del lavoro puramente accademico e di limitarsi a vedere i successi linguistici del marito, Isabella si fa coinvolgere in un'avventura che la porterà sui picchi del Mrtyahaima (che corrisponde ad occhio e croce alla nostra catena dell'Himalaya) alla ricerca dei resti di una razza di draghi che, a quanto pare, non si è mai vista. Peripezie varie la separeranno dai suoi soliti compagni di viaggio (i fidi Tom e Suhail) e sarà lei sola a fare la vera scoperta, mettendo finalmente piede nel Santuario delle Ali (Sanctuary of Wings) e rivelando la verità circa l'esistenza della razza draconiana e della loro lingua. Ovviamente il tutto si intreccia in maniera strettissima con le vicende politiche del tempo – i venti di guerra che spirano tra Scirland e Yelang (UK e Cina), i ribelli che cercano di minare l'autorità dell'imperatore sempre a Yelang, il proliferare di armi e macchinari costruiti con le ossa di drago ricostruite chimicamente.La parte centrale in cui di fatto si vede solo Isabella è stata un po' pesante da leggere (alla fine si è sentita la mancanza degli altri personaggi), ma la portata della scoperta finale vale davvero tutta l'attesa e la lettura anche dei volumi precedenti. Saga molto carina che potrebbe piacere anche a chi non è un grande amante del genere fantasy: è più una sorta di mix tra romanzo storico, d'avventura e di formazione. Da provare almeno il primo volume.

  • Raven
    2019-04-17 17:35

    4/5 stars for the memoirs that contains 40% dragons, 25% history, 35% politics and 200% lady scientists. I really admire Lady Trent, she's my idol, along with Natalie Oscott who revolutionized our flight industry. This memoir (which was written like a hundred years ago) shed some light into the details of her unbelievable life and adventures and how she and her companions changed the world into what we know today, not only how we treat dragons, but her contributions as a feminist and role model for younger generations. The original sketches also added the charm of this book (Has anyone pointed out that Dame Maggie Smith looks just like her? She should play in her biopic).In this last installment of the series, Lady Trent started another journey to find new dragons, this time she and her group went to the Himalayan mountain. That's not all that they found, tho.From the second half of this book, we said goodbye to the scientific explanation that dominated the majority of the series... Oh, I know sometimes reality is stranger than fiction, it just feels like this whole thing could be Lady Trent's fever dream!(view spoiler)[Not only she avoided death and found The Lost World, but The Draconeans were still exist? (tw: genocide) And the Firestones were their babies? Oh no...(hide spoiler)]You all know what happened next (if you don't, you should probably pay more attention in the history lesson), but what makes this book different from another history book is - like I said before- the details, how she went through the process of learning until she understood the reasons behind everything (that could be proven, anyway) and how she preserved against the hardship. Truly an inspiration.

  • Nyanko Yue
    2019-03-25 17:57

    I'm so overwhelmed with the amount of information and feelings this last book of the series gave me. I want to talk about stuff that will spoil anyone who has yet to read it, but I'll refrain from doing that and just go ahead and say YES EVERYTHING I WANTED TO HAPPEN HAPPENED AND THIS IS BEAUTIFUL AND GOT ME TEARFUL AND EXCITED ABOUT MY OWN DREAMS WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT EVERY GOOD BOOK SHOULD DO. I normally suffer from post-book depression but this little piece of a marvel is so well accomplished that I'm not feeling that in any way (at least for now). Before I finished this book I was concerned, thinking I didn't want it to end and worrying that I would never fall in love with another book series the same way. But then I realised I don't have to. What I feel for this series cannot be compared to what I feel for Harry Potter - and that's ok. Because they're different. Because I AM different. I read each of these at the right combination of age and mindset, and this is not so easy to achieve because you never know if you will suceed until you try it.Was this book perfect? No, of course not. I don't think I've ever read any perfect books, even if I may use the word as a manner of expressing myself. But oh goodness, was it amazing! Brennan had a story to tell. Isabella had her story to tell. And tell it they did. The bittersweet feeling of wanting to read more about Jake and Natalie will stay but it's greatly mitigated by how good I'm feeling right now. Because I'm glad to have read this series both because it's amazing and because the end was so perfectly soothing and exciting that I can't mourn it - if there's something I've learned with these books is that this story has come to an end and that is absolutely fine because now I'm looking forward to the next aventure!

  • Ceri
    2019-04-01 20:52

    Ending in a way that only Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent) could. Within the Labyrinth of Wings was as perfect as the series could end. There are all the pieces that make these novels so very enjoyable; stunning world building, interesting story and a passion of discovery from the characters that makes you want to go out and explore yourself. Most of all, these are books where you can read and put yourself perhaps a little more into the characters shoes than some other fantasy series. Isabella's feeling and thoughts on the trials that she put through are while not always 'on page' so to speak are still evident throughout. More so, the lack of much violence was heartwarming to see. With this series ending I will miss Isabella, Tom, Suhail, Andrew and Jake. (Though I really really hope for some sort of spinoff Jake side story.) For now though, this book and the others in the series have been a wonderful read and will be prominently placed on my bookshelf for rereading when I'm feeling sad. (Also, this does not mention the artwork, which was as always spectacular and makes me wish all novels were illustrated!)

  • Melinda Borie
    2019-03-22 19:31

    Well, Brennan certainly saved the best for last, didn't she? From the trajectory of the previous books, I thought I knew what I was getting: a comical lady-nerd fumbling her way through an action-adventure story to learn new things and meet new people. I anticipated the return of Wilker, Suhail, Andrew, and Jake; I anticipated going to Yelang; I anticipated that despite the narrator's protestations that she is not an anthropologist, the author's anthropology background would shine through and create another interesting society for my imagination to play in. I did not imagine so explosive a climax to the plot arc that had built by degrees from book one-- if someone had asked me to list the top 100 outcomes of this plot, I would not have produced the correct one. And yet what is in the page is better than anything I would have imagined. I am sad to see the series end, but delighted to end it on such a note. I'll be recommending this one for a long time.