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A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

larra's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

kel5190's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

mal_eficent's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional informative mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I really enjoyed this for two major reasons: first, the audiobook narration is fantastic, and I'd really recommend picking it up that way, and second it 100% embraces being an in universe document. 

These are a famous woman's memoirs, so there's random asides about publications and information you'll never get a full explanation of. This does mean that it assumes you already have some information about the dragons in the text and doesn't go into all the detail you might want, so be warned. Instead, expect a 19th century style adventure/travel/exploration story that's more character driven than detail orientated. 

If you enjoy books with fully realised world building, that don't info dump and expect you to make assumptions and fill in the blanks yourself from genre convention/historical comparisons, you'll love this! If you did enjoy this, I'd probably recommend the Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood – while not a comparable narrative, it has a similar tone and vibe.

rebecca_simard's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

oddly enough, had very few dragons. That aside, the main character is engaging, if a bit clueless at times but I assume this is meant to show her growth as a scientist throughout the series. The plot was good but rushed at times. Loved the illustrations and the feeling of the world. Could have used more time to connect with the central plot (and more dragons). Might pick up the sequels if I find myself thinking about the series, might let this be a standalone.

morganmxe's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional informative slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

emdriedl's review against another edition

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adventurous reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

Not as adventure/sci-fi as I was expecting but the narrator was done well. Where the novel lacks in excitement, mystery and social drama fill in. Will be reading the next in series.

jaime_217's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging funny informative medium-paced

3.75

latetocall's review against another edition

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adventurous lighthearted reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

akniram's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced

3.5

vireena's review against another edition

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5.0

I loved it, written in a memoir style by an old lady recollecting her younger years. But it certainly doesn't feel like it's told by the old lady. You get the insecurities and impulsiveness of a teenager finding her way in the world and in society where she's too eccentric.
To me it was a pick it up and keep reading kind of book and I never had a point where I struggled because it was slow