Dragons are fascinating in the fact that though there has never been any evidence of their existence: they appear in various cultures throughout history. Their symbolism pretty much runs the entire gamut of meanings. The entire fantasy genre is heavily influenced by or centers on dragons. But what if dragons were real? As in really real and not some magical based nonsense. That would be an awesome field of study.
Lady Trent is the most respected expert on dragons. She begins to look back at her lifelong study, beginning as a young girl—at the time she went by her given name, Isobella—who fascinated with the tiny sparklings, dresses as a boy so she can join a dragon hunt. Her interest doesn’t wane as she grows into adulthood but luckily she finds a man, Jacob, who not only indulges her in her study of dragons, he encourages it (even though it wasn’t thought to be a lady-like pursuit at the time). The couple befriends Lord Hilford and thus begins her academic study into dragons. It’s here where the novel departs from its metafictional approach and takes on more a straight up narrative tone. It’s a pity, because Brennan shows real talent for metafiction writing...more