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Alternate cover edition for this ASIN can be found here Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been Alternate cover edition for this ASIN can be found here Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal. Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.


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Alternate cover edition for this ASIN can be found here Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been Alternate cover edition for this ASIN can be found here Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal. Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

30 review for The Voyage of the Basilisk

  1. 5 out of 5

    Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

    I’m happy to say that Voyage of the Basilisk was a combination of everything I’ve been hoping to see since the beginning of the series. The foremost of which being the heavy focus on dragons (and not all the other crap she included in the first book… although a lot of that is now becoming relevant, so I’m kind of eating my words). I especially appreciated the infusion of fantasy, naturalism, and archaeology into this adventure. I feel like I’m living vicariously through the main character, and am I’m happy to say that Voyage of the Basilisk was a combination of everything I’ve been hoping to see since the beginning of the series. The foremost of which being the heavy focus on dragons (and not all the other crap she included in the first book… although a lot of that is now becoming relevant, so I’m kind of eating my words). I especially appreciated the infusion of fantasy, naturalism, and archaeology into this adventure. I feel like I’m living vicariously through the main character, and am loving the chance to explore new territories, study dragons, and come up with new theories on how they impact the world. If I could have any fantasy job, dragon naturalism would be near the top of the list. Part of the reason this was my favorite installment to date is because it let me appreciate the breadth of Brennan’s dragon creation. I think she did an excellent job of incorporating a wide variety of species while keeping in mind what’s biologically feasible for each territory. VotB also hinted at a cool mystery involving ancient dragons (which just might be the overall arc of the story), which shows a depth of world building I also hadn’t truly appreciated. All the things have me super excited to pick up the next book. I still have a slight hold-up about the main character – I like so many things about her, but she still has a tendency to make hare-brained decisions. Even though Brennan did an excellent job addressing it in this volume, it still required a bit of that eye-rolling acceptance near the end. At least the character is consistent, I guess. The best advice I can give is: just go with it. Overall, there are moments in this series I’ll love forever, and those memorable moments seem to happen more and more with each book. If you are as obsessed with dragons as I am (and are patient enough to wait for the payoff), this is an excellent series for you. I highly recommend the audio – Kate Reading is the queen of narration. Other books you might like: Dragon's Blood - Jane Yolen The Waking Fire - Anthony Ryan Dragon Weather - Lawrence Watt-Evans Dragon Champion - E.E. Knight The Book of Jhereg - Stephen Brust Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/03/24/b... In the interest of full disclosure, I majored in Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology so these books are like super-strength catnip to me. Written in the form of a memoir by the venerable Lady Trent, these novels are adventurous tales about our protagonist when she was a younger woman, but just as importantly they also explore her lifetime of scientific study and research. As such, I find this series extremely hard to res 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/03/24/b... In the interest of full disclosure, I majored in Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology so these books are like super-strength catnip to me. Written in the form of a memoir by the venerable Lady Trent, these novels are adventurous tales about our protagonist when she was a younger woman, but just as importantly they also explore her lifetime of scientific study and research. As such, I find this series extremely hard to resist. Ethnographic narratives? My heart goes all a-flutter. Taxonomy and biodiversity? Help, I swoon! Throw in dragons to complete the trifecta, and stick a fork in me, I’m done. Voyage of the Basilisk picks up a few years after the events of the last book, and once again Isabella is making preparations to leave Scirland in order to continue her scientific study of dragons. There will be several major differences about this particular expedition, however. Isabella will be leading it, for one; no longer accompanied by her old associate and benefactor Lord Hilford, the majority of all decisions will be falling on her shoulders. Isabella has also decided to bring along her son Jake, who is now old enough to travel. And finally, this upcoming expedition will be her longest and most ambitious one yet: two years aboard the Basilisk, a royal survey ship hired to sail her and her party around the world in order to study all manner of dragonkin. Dragons are of course what Isabella desires to see the most. But as we’ve already seen in the previous two installments, everywhere Isabella travels, her adventures also put her in contact with the local population. In many cases, she ends up living with them and immersed in their culture. These books are as much about dragons as they are about the world Isabella lives in, which I find is one of the most unique aspects about this series. Unlike a lot of other books featuring dragons, the ones in here are not intrinsically magical or preternatural. They, along with the native flora, fauna, and even native peoples in their habitat are all part of the natural living system. For that reason, I’ve told people before not to read this series solely for the dragons, and instead read it for the whole package. As much as I enjoyed this book, it was not what I’d expected at all. From the description and cover, I immediately thought “Maritime/Nautical Fantasy”. In truth, though Isabella does spend the majority of this book traveling on the high seas, the main story doesn’t really start until halfway when the Basilisk gets shipwrecked in the tropics and the characters find themselves as guests of the local islanders. In contrast, the first half is decidedly lighter on plot as Isabella flits from one place to next, searching for dragons to observe. The overall pacing follows a similar pattern of the first two books, where the beginning was mostly made up of a series of short anecdotes, with the meat of story coming much later. Fans of the previous novels therefore should find Voyage of the Basilisk familiar and to their liking. Just as Isabella’s dragons evolve, so does her character development. As her confidence in her knowledge and skills increases, she starts taking on greater challenges. Leading the expedition is the first step. This book also sees her having the courage to formulate her own scientific hypotheses, as well as the courage to admit when they’re wrong. For the first time in this series, Isabella’s son Jake is also a major character. Isabella knows her maternal instincts have never been strong, not something easy for her to admit. But as Jake grows, her feelings toward motherhood begin changing and she starts to see her son as a young man with his own hopes and dreams, and not just a reminder of her late husband. This side plot really touched me, recalling Isabella’s guilt over putting her research ahead of her family in previous book, and comparing that to her relationship with Jake now. I like how amidst the adventure and the science in these books, there’s always an emotional side to the story. This novel builds significantly on the previous books. First of all, Isabella’s voyage on the Basilisk expanded the scope of the world tremendously, from the luscious jungles of Coyahuac to the volcanic islands of Keonga. We encounter many new species of dragons, including sea serpents, fire lizards, feathered drakes, and more. Aside from Jake, new characters include Aekinitos, the eccentric captain of the Basilisk, and Suhail, an archaeologist specializing in ancient draconic ruins. Isabella befriends the latter and then becomes quite taken with him, and their dynamic is so wonderful that I really hope we’ll see him again someday. I really love this series, and my fondness only grows with every new adventure. I rarely make such a deep connection to a main character, but three books later, “Lady Trent” feels incredibly real for me. There’s so much about her past that has yet to be revealed, and I can’t wait for the next installment of this series. More expeditions, more science, and of course more dragons!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sanaa

    [4 Stars] Decided to give this a 4 afterall. It isn't as strong as the others but still fascinating. I loved the intriguing exploration of gender, sexuality, and gender norms in this in particular. This series is definitely for those who love anthropology, archaeology, and dragons!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    These Lady Trent novels are consistently interesting. I admit I was becoming slightly afraid that the political intrigues might overwhelm the otherwise cool archeological or evolutionary science bits, but this book turned it around for me. A voyage on the high seas! Spending a lot of time with Pacific Islanders! Getting married? lol, well, that was a blast. And let's not forget the dragon spirit! Lite fun, it's very much in the spirit of tweed adventurers around the world! Academic fury! Dragons!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    As always another fabulous book here from Marie Brennan. I think this one wasn't quite on par with the previous two as there was a little less of a plot until the second half, but there is still so much that is truly wonderful and heartwarming with this series that I can't give it less than a 4*s. This instalment of the series was really interesting to me becuase we follow Isabella as she and her son (now 9!!) and good friends go on a voyage around the world to study dragons. We see the ship (Th As always another fabulous book here from Marie Brennan. I think this one wasn't quite on par with the previous two as there was a little less of a plot until the second half, but there is still so much that is truly wonderful and heartwarming with this series that I can't give it less than a 4*s. This instalment of the series was really interesting to me becuase we follow Isabella as she and her son (now 9!!) and good friends go on a voyage around the world to study dragons. We see the ship (The Basilisk) leave port to travel to some very exotic places where serpents and dragons alike may exist. I really loved the exploration of gender roles and sexes within this as we have transvestite characters and that's something I hadn't seen in a fantasy before. I really loved the commentary that Brennan manages to make via her characters, and I think she does a solid job of showing that acceptance can be key to unity. As a whole, this book introduced me to more adventures of Isabella (already a favourite lady character of mine) and also made me start to love her son. I think he may become more important as the series goes on (as I believe will the Draconians) and I am very eager to dive into book #4 super soon! As always I would HIGHLY recommend this series if you like anthropology, science, wonderful lady characters and dragons :) 4*s overall!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Another month, another tierlist! While you probably know where this one ranks, check out the BookTube Video to see the rest! The Written Review: 4.5 stars Good manners warred with curiosity, and lost. Freshly back from her journey to the Tropic of Serpents, Lady Trent finds herself tempted by a two-year trip around the world. The reason? Dragons. And while many a person would object to a lady (gasp) wanting to further the field of science (double gasp), Lady Trent refuses to back d Another month, another tierlist! While you probably know where this one ranks, check out the BookTube Video to see the rest! The Written Review: 4.5 stars Good manners warred with curiosity, and lost. Freshly back from her journey to the Tropic of Serpents, Lady Trent finds herself tempted by a two-year trip around the world. The reason? Dragons. And while many a person would object to a lady (gasp) wanting to further the field of science (double gasp), Lady Trent refuses to back down. I find that respectability grows wearisome after a time, when one is accustomed to being a disgrace. This time, she brings her child on this rare and wondrous adventure. While the scientific discoveries about dragons prove to be great, that only begins to scratch the surface of Lady Trent's life. I have never attempted to hide that I have had two husbands in my life. I have, however, neglected to mention that in between them, I had a wife. The second book was a bit of a lull to me - it focused quite heavily on the politics and the struggle of being a woman scientist - but this one brought the energy back! I loved being on the ship with Lady Trent and watching all the wild discoveries she made. I'm really impressed by the way Brennan is able to breath life into an entire world of dragons - the way she creates so many species and subspecies of dragons - each perfectly adapted to their environment. It made the experience truly immersive and a joy to read. I also really enjoyed Lady Trent's personality. I always quite liked her, but now I'm able to see her growth from the last two books and I am loving the direction she's going. All in all, I'm ready for the next one!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I think, the first time I read this, I may have observed that it’s beginning to push the bounds of credulity that Isabella (and dragons) should get tangled up in so much politics. I can’t say I actually noticed that, this time — it seems natural, when you just read the books straight through like this, because Isabella is willing to go anywhere and do just about anything for dragons. And of course, that means she’s in the least appropriate places for someone of her background (at least as far as I think, the first time I read this, I may have observed that it’s beginning to push the bounds of credulity that Isabella (and dragons) should get tangled up in so much politics. I can’t say I actually noticed that, this time — it seems natural, when you just read the books straight through like this, because Isabella is willing to go anywhere and do just about anything for dragons. And of course, that means she’s in the least appropriate places for someone of her background (at least as far as her peers are concerned), and so of course she stumbles into things. Besides, it’s Isabella. You’d be disappointed if you didn’t see her blundering into a plot or intrigue. The story of Isabella’s time on the Basilisk is a lot of fun; the first half of the book is lighter, since it’s more travelogue-ish, until the point where the Basilisk is nearly wrecked and they have to go ashore. That opens up the world of the villagers they have to interact with, and involves a rather neat plot with a sort of third gender concept — on this island, those who are “dragon-spirited” have different social rules, and Isabella has to “marry” an island woman to calm down their fears about what she might do. Heal’li, the woman who helps her and guides her, is a pretty awesome character, and honestly I could do with a ton more of her. (And some note on whether “she” is indeed her preferred pronoun, or if, like Isabella, she’s bowed to necessity and allowed herself to be treated as female when she does in fact identify as male. I suspect not, given the way she embraces femininity, but it’s awkward to tell from Isabella’s point of view.) And of course, Basilisk introduces new characters like Aekinitos (the “mad” captain, whose similarities to Isabella could have been used to good effect, though he was mostly in the background), Suhail the archaeologist, and even a rather more grown-up Jake (who immediately decides to become a ship’s boy, of course). I do feel the lack of Natalie, in this book; Abby isn’t much of a replacement, since she’s mostly there to keep an eye on Jake, both for Isabella’s sake and the sake of the plot. I could probably go on for hours about all the things I love about this series — the societies, the natural history, the more general science, Tom Wilker, the enthusiasms of Suhail and Isabella — their sheer joy in what they do — the different dragons, the theories… the way that Isabella’s academic career unfolds: with some success, but by stages, as she makes a way for herself in a path barred for most women, and brings other women with her. Don’t take my word for it, if you haven’t tried these books yet. There’s only one more to come after Labyrinth of Drakes (the fourth book), so it’s not going to be an epic series — and in fact, it reads all too quickly. I want more Isabella! Originally posted here.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Not as strong as the first two but it's getting 4 stars instead of three mostly for its exploration of gender and indigenous culture

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    This series is basically dragons x Jane from Tarzan; in short = g r e a t n e s s

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Lady Trent! What shocking shenanigans you do get into! I loved that that this one was a take on "Darwin on the Beagle" as it were, but I do wish the politics were a bit easier to follow. I almost need a primer and full maps of the entire world at the beginning of each of these, in order to keep up! She's got such a lot going on in these books, with both the dragons and the humans! Nevertheless, it was a joy to follow Isabella, her stoic colleague Tom (if these two don't end up in each other's arm Lady Trent! What shocking shenanigans you do get into! I loved that that this one was a take on "Darwin on the Beagle" as it were, but I do wish the politics were a bit easier to follow. I almost need a primer and full maps of the entire world at the beginning of each of these, in order to keep up! She's got such a lot going on in these books, with both the dragons and the humans! Nevertheless, it was a joy to follow Isabella, her stoic colleague Tom (if these two don't end up in each other's arms by book 5 Imma flip a table), her son, and his governess as they sailed around the world in search of dragons!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Moonlight Reader

    I had been awaiting this one with enthusiasm because Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle has always enthralled me. I’m not particularly a ship/boat person, but the idea of a scientist travelling ’round the world studying the natural world is extremely appealing to me. So, this book would be, I hoped, the opportunity to read of such a fictional voyage. A cross-section view of the hold of The Beagle It was quite a satisfying tale, although there wasn’t quite as much travelling as I had hope I had been awaiting this one with enthusiasm because Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle has always enthralled me. I’m not particularly a ship/boat person, but the idea of a scientist travelling ’round the world studying the natural world is extremely appealing to me. So, this book would be, I hoped, the opportunity to read of such a fictional voyage. A cross-section view of the hold of The Beagle It was quite a satisfying tale, although there wasn’t quite as much travelling as I had hoped. Natalie doesn’t join her on this trip, although her son, now nine-years-old, does, and becomes entirely obsessed with ships. Lady Trent has the opportunity to swim with the dragon turtles! But I did not need to be a champion swimmer to see the dragon turtles, for they are both huge and relatively fearless of human company. In shape they are more like enormous turtles than anything else. Their shell alone is often two meters or more in length, and when they extend their flippers, a swimmer feels positively tiny in comparison. The name “dragon turtle,” however, derives from the shape of the head, which is indeed like that of a Dajin dragon: a thrusting, squarish muzzle; flaps of skin depending from the jaw; long whiskers which dance in the current as the turtle swims. And she visits an island where she ends up becoming embroiled in a political scandal, after scaring the natives who are convinced that she is “dragon-spirited” because her refusal to behave in a traditionally feminine manner. There’s a rather amusing part of the book where she ends up “married” to a local woman because that’s the only way to satisfy the native population that she’s safe to keep around. “Do you believe you are neither male nor female?” I almost gave a malapert answer, but caught myself in time. We had an established habit of intellectual debate, and I valued it; I would not discard it now. “So long as my society refuses to admit of a concept of femininity that allows for such things,” I said, “then one could indeed say that I stand between.” Finally, Lady Trent rides a dragon. Well, a sea serpent who is a dragon, but still. Whereupon I realized that we were, indeed, riding a dragon. I cannot honestly recommend the practice to my readers. Apart from the number of Keongans who have been killed attempting this very feat, it is not very comfortable. The ragged cuts on my knees and elbows stung unmercifully. Every time the serpent dove, I was buffeted by the water until it realized the error of its ways and surfaced once more. Again and again it drew in water and expelled it in a blast, for that was its defense against what troubled it, and the beast’s mind could not encompass the fact that this annoyance could not be disposed of in such fashion; but it came near to working regardless, for the shuddering of the serpent’s body whenever this happened threatened to dislodge us. There was no moment of the entire experience that was not a precarious struggle to stay aboard. And yet for all of that, it was one of the grandest experiences of my life. At this point in the book, she becomes embroiled – once again – in a royal Scirling government scandal, and is basically sent home subject to the official secrets act after saving the life of a grateful Princess. I should probably also mention Suhail, a foreign archaeologist from a vaguely middle eastern country, with whom Isabella is quite taken, and from whom she is abruptly separated at the end of this book when his father, the Sheikh, dies unexpectedly and he is called home. All in all, this was an incredibly satisfying outing in the series, and I’m looking forward to the fourth book, In The Labyrinth of Drakes.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I originally received this as an ARC, but then bought it anyway because I wanted a print copy so I could look at the illustrations better. I ate this up in a couple of hours. If you’ve enjoyed the previous books, this will give you more of the same: adventures, a female main character with a bright and scientific mind, interesting problems of taxonomy when it comes to dragons, politics, encounters with other cultures… It very much mimics the style of memoirs written in the analogous time period i I originally received this as an ARC, but then bought it anyway because I wanted a print copy so I could look at the illustrations better. I ate this up in a couple of hours. If you’ve enjoyed the previous books, this will give you more of the same: adventures, a female main character with a bright and scientific mind, interesting problems of taxonomy when it comes to dragons, politics, encounters with other cultures… It very much mimics the style of memoirs written in the analogous time period in Britain, so I think you have to excuse what other people have read as a colonial tone. Scirland (Britain) is still an empire, here, and Isabella works under those assumptions as much as she assumes she can breathe air. She does meet other cultures, and treat them with respect, but sometimes with an air of private condescension that (to me) just works as part of her character, her driven nature, and the world she lives in. Your mileage may vary, but I don’t think it’s invisible to Brennan; I think it’s part of the character and world she’s building. I’m enjoying the matter of fact inclusion of queerness in the story, too. As is Isabella’s wont, she doesn’t pry into people’s personal lives much, and the idea of queer people is essentially shrugged off as one of those things that happens, and not really her business. Even where it’s story-relevant, there’s only one moment where she does anything that one might call prying — and it’s understandable in the situation. I’m afraid that despite Isabella’s best efforts, I do wish she’d up and marry Tom Wilker. I love the evolution of his character, too: the belligerent way he started out, the way he’s come to respect her and drop some of his barriers around her, the way they rely on each other, and of course society’s slow acceptance of the working class lad who has worked his way up. I was less taken with Suhail, because I just like the adversarial, sparring relationship between Tom and Isabella. Oh, and you’ve got to enjoy the evolution of her relationship with her son. I love that he’s become “Jake” instead of Jacob, love that she’s found a way to relate to him, spend time with him, and be a mother to him, despite her initial rejection of the traditional mother-son relationship. One thing that is getting hard to swallow: Isabella’s way of getting entangled in politics wherever she goes. Not just local politics, but politics with deep relevance to the crown. But it wouldn’t be such an interesting read without those complications. Originally posted here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    Even though there were parts that I still really loved, I think this was my least favorite so far. Brennan does a great job of building this world and the dragons seem so real, but in this installment there were several moments that were rushed and others that dragged. But I still think this is a great series for those trying to get more into fantasy!

  14. 5 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    THE VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK is Lady Trent's most thrilling adventure to date. With little of grinding misogyny that peppered earlier books, here Isabella takes to the seas with her research fellow Tom, her son Jake, and a stalwart captain mad enough to hunt sea serpents in their natural habitat. Once again, Brennan offers the daily realities of biology at the turn of the century, as much hunting and politics and anthropology as it is studying natural phenomena. Those Machiavellian obstacles don't THE VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK is Lady Trent's most thrilling adventure to date. With little of grinding misogyny that peppered earlier books, here Isabella takes to the seas with her research fellow Tom, her son Jake, and a stalwart captain mad enough to hunt sea serpents in their natural habitat. Once again, Brennan offers the daily realities of biology at the turn of the century, as much hunting and politics and anthropology as it is studying natural phenomena. Those Machiavellian obstacles don't seem as frustrating when she can sail away on her ship, encountering fascinating (and romantic) people in her search for answers. Over the course of this book tantalizing hints collect about Lady Trent's future relationships, the political upheavals that would shape her future , and the biological nature of the dragons she so loves. While I've enjoyed this series all along, THE VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK may be the first that I finished and was desperate for the next installment. Isabella is at the cusp of so many changes, both personal and professional, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Sexual Content: None.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marielle

    I write down my thoughts later... I'm picking up the next one immediately!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brown

    The continued adventures of Lady Isabella Trent, Victorian explorer and DRAGON NATURALIST. In this volume, Isabella sails around the world on the appropriately named Basilisk, accompanied by her young son Jake, an underwater archaeologist named Suhail, and other companions. I enjoyed this the most of the series so far. It strikes a perfect balance between action and exploration. Isabella has matured enough to be interesting in a different way from the monomaniac of the first book: still obsessiv The continued adventures of Lady Isabella Trent, Victorian explorer and DRAGON NATURALIST. In this volume, Isabella sails around the world on the appropriately named Basilisk, accompanied by her young son Jake, an underwater archaeologist named Suhail, and other companions. I enjoyed this the most of the series so far. It strikes a perfect balance between action and exploration. Isabella has matured enough to be interesting in a different way from the monomaniac of the first book: still obsessive and headstrong, but more introspective, thoughtful, and interested in people in addition to dragons. The dragons are great, and there are lots of them. I thoroughly enjoyed the interconnected mysteries of taxonomy, biology, and history. Some mysteries are solved, but others are deepened. I feel confident that the final explanation will be satisfying. (I’m assuming it’s not going to be Isabella discovering evolution, because that seems to already have been discovered – she mentions the concept of different species having a common ancestor as if that’s an ordinary idea to consider.) The supporting characters in are more vivid and interesting than in the previous installments. Jake comes to life as a personality, both like and unlike his mother, obsessive but on a different topic. Their relationship neatly steers between the obvious clichés of “I hate you for loving dragons more than me” and “Who cares about dragons now that I’m a mommy.” Suhail is a satisfying possible love interest, both sexy and geeky. To Isabella, he’s mostly sexy because he’s geeky, though she does appreciate the multiple occasions when his underwater explorations require him to remove his shirt. I also liked the adrenaline junkie ship’s captain, Aekinitos. But my favorite supporting character was Heali’i. I loved everything about the part of the book she's involved in. The culture clash between the islanders and the voyagers felt very real, sometimes tense, sometimes funny, neatly showing how frustrated they sometimes got with each other without making either culture look inferior. And that leads neatly into spoilers. (view spoiler)[ The issues of gender were fascinating. Isabella’s marriage to a woman made perfect sense within the social context, and her wry acknowledgment of the gap between the actual event and the giant scandal it would have been in her own culture was hilarious. But my favorite part about that, and also about Heali’i and her relationship with Isabella, was that it went several steps beyond the obvious. Isabella is seen as a liminal figure, between man and woman, by the standards of a culture other than her own… but she’s also seen that way by her own culture. It’s just expressed differently. Her realization of that shifts the perspective both of Isabella and, perhaps, of the reader of the book. Apart from Heali’i being a cool character, I liked that her gender identity was as personal yet socially expressed as Isabella’s, and how everything that seemed completely normal and natural to them kept banging up against the other’s expectations, like, “Soooo, you’re married to a man? In my own society some men prefer the company of men.” “Yes, duh… NO I don’t have sex with him, I can’t believe you’d think that!” (hide spoiler)] A tremendously fun and unexpectedly thought-provoking installment of the series, with all the dragons one could desire. I read an ARC that was missing the illustrations, but based on the stellar quality of the illustrations in the first two books and the extremely tempting captions, I will have to buy the actual book to get them. I would also pay for a book of more illustrations plus Isabella’s field notes on dragons, and I bet I’m not the only one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    YouKneeK

    Voyage of the Basilisk is the third book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Similar to the second book, there were some slow spots. However, the author makes up for them with the “fast spots”. I think she writes adventure and action scenes very well. These are fun, light, and quick reads. Unlike the impression one might get from the title of the first book, A Natural History of Dragons, there isn’t much science. Or fantasy for that matter. There are some descriptions of the dragons, and of cou Voyage of the Basilisk is the third book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Similar to the second book, there were some slow spots. However, the author makes up for them with the “fast spots”. I think she writes adventure and action scenes very well. These are fun, light, and quick reads. Unlike the impression one might get from the title of the first book, A Natural History of Dragons, there isn’t much science. Or fantasy for that matter. There are some descriptions of the dragons, and of course we see her research process to some extent, but for any nitty-gritty details she usually refers the reader to other imaginary books or articles. That’s fine with me, because learning a lot of scientific detail about creatures that don’t exist isn’t that high on my to-do list. :) As far as the fantasy goes, the only fantastical thing is that dragons exist. Aside from their “extraordinary breath” ability, which for the most part isn’t too terribly dramatic, there isn’t much that sets them apart from a real-world exotic and dangerous animal. The books focus far more on the people than the dragons, really.

  18. 5 out of 5

    imyril

    This is my favourite Lady Trent to date, shamelessly pandering to me with archaeologists, diving bells, monolithic statues, and things I can't mention without even bigger spoilers. It's a thrill ride of adventures at sea with a grumpy sea captain and charming new companions - and we get to meet young Jake to boot. All the feelings, lots of fun and excellent new mysteries. Full review to follow. 4.5 stars. I think. Just so much fun!

  19. 5 out of 5

    A Reader in Time

    This series is just a comfort read for me that I just love. The characters are amazing, the plot is so fun and adventurous and I LOVE the amount of dragons in this, it is SO fun!! Highly recommend and I can't wait to read the next in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This series keeps getting better and better. Here we are in book 3 of Marie Brennan’s Lady Trent Memoirs with VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK and our heroine, Isabella Camherst, is sent on an expedition to research dragons on sea and on land. Along for the ride is her young son Jacob; Jacob’s nanny Abigail; and Tom, Isabella’s research partner. With Isabella on board, they are bound for an adventure. The voyage starts out as scheduled, they find their first sea dragon, and observe the beast…more close-up th This series keeps getting better and better. Here we are in book 3 of Marie Brennan’s Lady Trent Memoirs with VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK and our heroine, Isabella Camherst, is sent on an expedition to research dragons on sea and on land. Along for the ride is her young son Jacob; Jacob’s nanny Abigail; and Tom, Isabella’s research partner. With Isabella on board, they are bound for an adventure. The voyage starts out as scheduled, they find their first sea dragon, and observe the beast…more close-up than planned. Fortunately everyone survives. As they carry on in their travels and stop at a port town conquered by the Yelang, Isabella discovers that her reputation has preceded her, and that the dragon bone preservation solution stolen in book 2 has resulted in the very thing she feared: governments hunting dragons for their bones. Powerless to recover the stolen solution or protect the dragons, she must move on in her studies. But when they sail for the open sea, a storm throws them off course and the ensuing discoveries forever changes Isabella’s understanding of dragons and herself. The best part of this series is Isabella. She is a heroine in every sense of the word. Her PoV narration is filled with self discovery, an appreciation for the world around her, and observations about her companions. She meets so many new people along the way, such as the mysterious Suhail, whose passion for Draconic archeology rivals her own for dragon naturalism; Isabella’s son Jacob, now nine, takes a bigger role in the story and it’s fun to see him become his own person while inspiring his mother in the process; the cross-dressing native who understands Isabella’s obsession with dragons and how it flavors her personality; and even the island where they are stranded for several months has its own personality with its proximity to the very answers Isabella is looking for. The progression of events worked much better for me than in book 2, THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS, with information building in such a way that despite the crazy sequence of events in the climax that I believed every word. And the result was a book I loved even more than the first two. Sure it takes nearly half the book for the story to really get going, but that’s the pitfall of a ‘memoir’ style of storytelling. Despite this limitation, Isabella’s narration of events, however mundane, are never boring. There is the usual strange cultures, crazy events, dragon science, and colorful characters–only here this is so much more. I’m not sure how Brennan can do better with IN THE LABYRINTH OF DRAKES due out in April, but I’m super excited to find out. Recommended Age: 14+ more for comprehension than content Language: None Violence: A battle with a sea serpent references blood and gore, which is more gruesome than an actual battle with enemies Sex: Vague references Find this and other reviews at Elitistbookreviews.com

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Strider

    Pros: excellent world-building, fun protagonist, quick read Cons: ending felt rushed This is the third volume of Isabella, Lady Trent’s memoirs and deals with the 2 year research voyage she took on the RSS Basilik. With her she brings Tom, who accompanied her on previous journeys, her nine year old son, Jake, and his governess, Abby. As with the other books in this series, this is a character driven fantasy novel, following the extraordinary adventures of a female dragon researcher from Scirland. W Pros: excellent world-building, fun protagonist, quick read Cons: ending felt rushed This is the third volume of Isabella, Lady Trent’s memoirs and deals with the 2 year research voyage she took on the RSS Basilik. With her she brings Tom, who accompanied her on previous journeys, her nine year old son, Jake, and his governess, Abby. As with the other books in this series, this is a character driven fantasy novel, following the extraordinary adventures of a female dragon researcher from Scirland. While the previous books focused on one area for her excursions, this one covers several locations where she researches various types of dragons in an effort to create a proper taxonomy for the species. I love the degree of detail Brennan adds to these book, particularly the background tidbits that don’t strictly need to be there but show the amount of behind the scenes thought that goes into the stories. For example, it doesn’t really matter to the story that this trip took 2 years or more to plan (besides aging the characters), but it acknowledges that such travel in the past was not only expensive but also difficult to arrange. I also appreciated the occasional bureaucratic, medical, and cultural problems they encountered. The world expands greatly as the ship stops at numerous ports, sometimes leaving Isabella’s group behind for a month or more to do research, sometimes carrying on immediately to the next location. Once again the world-building is excellent. It’s possible at times to see what real world cultures she’s adapting for her book, but each society is very different from the others and there’s a wide variety of characters and customs that show up. I’m not generally a fan of character driven fantasy but Isabella is such an interesting person that I race through these volumes. Part way through this book they encounter another researcher, who helps them out. Suhail was just as fun and interesting as Isabella, and I have my suspicions about his hidden last name. While it’s possible to read this volume on its own, there are several allusions to the events of the previous books, and a few spoilerish conversations. The ending feels a little rushed. There’s a climactic event, after which events are narrated rather quickly through the denouement. It works for the structure of a novel but would be somewhat unusual for the memoir this purports to be. These are lighthearted books that don’t take long to read and are accompanied by gorgeous illustrations by Todd Lockwood. It’s a series I highly recommend.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Derpa

    I give up. This series is deteriorating very fast and I can't be arsed to go on. This is a year when I just don't have the energy and time to go on with things like this, so I have quite a few DNF books and I think it's fine. My issue with the series is the protagonist. As much as she was fine in the first book, she is becoming more and more of a person I can't stand. Isabella is spoilt. Of course now people will say nope, she isn't, she goes out to the jungles and oceans and mountains to study I give up. This series is deteriorating very fast and I can't be arsed to go on. This is a year when I just don't have the energy and time to go on with things like this, so I have quite a few DNF books and I think it's fine. My issue with the series is the protagonist. As much as she was fine in the first book, she is becoming more and more of a person I can't stand. Isabella is spoilt. Of course now people will say nope, she isn't, she goes out to the jungles and oceans and mountains to study dragons, without any luxuries. But what I am talking about is responsibilities. She keeps talking about how hard life is for a woman. How she is limited in everything, how it's such a sad life, but we see nothing of that. What, as a kid she was told to not do certain things? She still did them and nothing happened. As an adult she is even worse, she just has no regard for anyone other than herself and what is the most convenient for her obsession. Which is fine. But Isabella is portrayed as this wonderful woman who is such a heroine and all. Nope. She is a womanchild who cries about things not being how she wants them when they are. The son character... I have no idea why he is there, other than for Isabella to be spiteful about someone she produced not being like her and annoying her with being a boy who supposedly could do whaaaatever he wanted, so he does that, does whatever he likes and not what his mother does. Jacob is more of a mildly annoying roommate than her child. I don't care about fantasy place names and tribe names being repeated over and over again while we get nowhere. It's ridiculous. I want to hear more about dragons, to elaborate more on the damn creatures on the cover of the books, not tribal issues and every man being interested in Isabella, while she is just doing whatever. I'm quitting this series. Bye.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Heilman

    Another fantastic volume in the memoirs of Lady Trent! I am just on a streak of fantasy books lately that involve ships and sailing and the like, so this was great. I can say now with this third book that each one in this series is pretty self-contained and episodic. I wouldn’t recommend reading them out of order though, because there are references to previous events and people. I just love Brennan’s writing style and Isabella Camherst as a character. This really reads like a memoir. I think it Another fantastic volume in the memoirs of Lady Trent! I am just on a streak of fantasy books lately that involve ships and sailing and the like, so this was great. I can say now with this third book that each one in this series is pretty self-contained and episodic. I wouldn’t recommend reading them out of order though, because there are references to previous events and people. I just love Brennan’s writing style and Isabella Camherst as a character. This really reads like a memoir. I think it was interesting to see her son in this book, and the fact that he was just another character on the expedition and not really the focus at all. He’s a given in her life, and she is so passionate about dragon naturalism, so of course the book will be focused on the latter. I enjoyed the Polynesian-inspired culture that was the main setting, and just love all the diversity to be found in this world. Lots of places to see. This series continues to be about people, even though dragons are the driving force. Brennan does a good job giving you just enough of an idea of the political or cultural tensions that are relevant at the start of the book, pepper them in throughout, and then bring it all together by the end. Beautiful artwork by Todd Lockwood brings the world to life, as with the first two. I’m looking forward to seeing Suhail again! ;) I wonder what role he will inevitably play in her life in the future. Really enjoyed this book, can’t wait to read the next installment!

  24. 5 out of 5

    DJ

    3.5/5 Rating: Originally posted at https://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpre... I want to ride a dragon-turtle! For some reason (unknown to me) I love and are instantly drawn to books that involve any type of wooden ship sea-voyages, or explorations in exotic/foreign lands that involve interactions with the natives. Naturally, it is out of my power that I would be attracted to this series. The third installment of Lady Trent's memoirs takes us on an exciting voyage across the seas and to isolated lands 3.5/5 Rating: Originally posted at https://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpre... I want to ride a dragon-turtle! For some reason (unknown to me) I love and are instantly drawn to books that involve any type of wooden ship sea-voyages, or explorations in exotic/foreign lands that involve interactions with the natives. Naturally, it is out of my power that I would be attracted to this series. The third installment of Lady Trent's memoirs takes us on an exciting voyage across the seas and to isolated lands. We will meet numerous new dragons (of both land and sea), and Isabella will explore these foreign lands and have a run in with the locals (which always go so well for her). The origins of dragons will the examined, their relationship with the Draceons explored, and Isabella will fight to keep the secret of dragon bone a hidden secret. My one and only problem with this story was the pacing. Though this is only a single point of issue, I found it a big let down for me. These novels generally start off with a lack of action and focus more on Isaballe's life (being a women and the political set-backs involved with that) or delve into the biology of dragons. Then things go a long, and the story sucks me; Usualy Isabella manages to get to herself in some situation, and that drama and the actions that comes with it it was hooks me in for good, while sill giving a nice balance on the scientific study of dragons thrown in between. This time, I just kept waiting and waiting for that drama and action to come to the front, and have the story just sweep me away. But it never it came until very late - for me, at least. There are little bits here and there, but they would die down quickly, and we would be back to the academics. I have read the previous two novels, so I understand not to expect there to be giant, fire breathing dragons every page simply because the book has dragons in it. I know that this series is focused on Isabella, a naturalist, anthropologically studying and exploring the origins and mysteries of dragons. I very much like that about these novels. These are very realistic fantasy to me, in the sense that they only thing that makes them fantasy genre, is that Isabella is studying dragons instead of monkeys. I love that twist of the genre! All the theories of evolutions for dragons, the explanations of their anatomies, and study of their environments and habits - I eat all the stuff up! The actual studying and explaining of the dragons in favorite part! However, I am here read to fantasy fiction, not fantasy non-fiction. By that, I mean story first, academics second. Aside from the pacing though, I was into this story. I said I loved the academics of this series and I mean it! This story heavily focuses on dragon evolution. Trying to figure out why there are different types of dragons; are all dragons related or just certain types? How far back can we trace them? Are they more closely related to birds or lizards or fish.? What even defines a dragon? Unfortunately I only ever learnt linguistic anthropology, not much vertebrae. However, I do have a background in biology and in it, learned a bit of evolution... just enough for me to try to solve all these question right along with Isabella! Anways, we get two new characters time worth of mention. Suhail is an archeologist that Isabella meets along her travels. He is a serious academic like her self, but having a man in her company is always bound to start rumors for poor Isabella. The one man who did not bring any rumors was Jake - her son. For this trip, she decided to bring the young boy along. I like Jake, but man, I am so jealous! It would be incredibly awesome to be him, having Isabella as my mom and have her take me on this voyage. Jake is also very much like his mother. Remember how Isabelle was for her parents? KARMA A major theme in this series is Isabella trying to overcome the social restrictions placed on her because she is a women. I don't think it plays as major a role (by that, I mean hinderance to academics pursuits) as the previous novel, but it is still there. There are a few moments that get me a little heated with how she was being treated or taken advantage of, but thank god these are memoirs. (I know for a fact that all these issues get resolved, because she notes it does.) I can rest easy knowing she gets to stick it to the man. (Just have to wait and see how she is going to do it.) A reason I also think that her being a women didn't hinder her as much as it had in the past, is due to the fact that she is slowly overcoming it. We get little glimpses here and there that she is making changes and strides. Obviously, any man with half the career of hers would have been basically knighted by a princess by the now; but because of her persistnace to not let that stand in her way of her academics, she will win. Granted these are fantasy stories, but I still have certain sense of what is real and believable in this world. With that in mind, there is what I would call a "fisherman's tale", at the end of the book. Isabella says it happened, but I call torus excrimentum. Pics or it didn't happen :P This was a good book, but I'd have to say it's the weakest of the series. We make great headways in the dragon research, but the story didn't quite hook me in as with the past books. The action was few, late coming, and the drama wasn't nearly as stressful as before. However, that is relative the previous two books, not other works. Still love this series, one of my favorites, and if you are looking to continue this series or deciding to pick it up - I say YES to both. )Can't forget the artwork of Todd Lockwood! Sketches in this books are amazing again!) This is a series unlike any others I am currently reading, and are eager to see what kind of trouble Isabelle gets herself into next time! I get slightly scared only thinking about trying to swim with dolphins, but I would jump at at a chance to get in the water with a dragon turtle... or some else ;) 3.5/5 Rating -DJ

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    Second Reading Review: The Voyage of the Basilisk is the third book in the Memoir by Lady Trent series, the first of which is The Natural History of Dragons. The book is a little slow to start as the characters - Isabella, Tom, and this time her son Jack, and his nanny Abby, set off on an adventure around the world. They meet new characters and make new friends, including Suhail. And while I was glad for Suhail's appearance, he unfortunately rendered Tom to an almost secondary character. However, Second Reading Review: The Voyage of the Basilisk is the third book in the Memoir by Lady Trent series, the first of which is The Natural History of Dragons. The book is a little slow to start as the characters - Isabella, Tom, and this time her son Jack, and his nanny Abby, set off on an adventure around the world. They meet new characters and make new friends, including Suhail. And while I was glad for Suhail's appearance, he unfortunately rendered Tom to an almost secondary character. However, one the adventure gets going, the pace picks up and we get to see new sights and new dragons!! This book improved vastly on the first two, by focusing more on the dragons and the culture, with politics beings somewhat at the background until absolutely necessary. This time around we get to read about Sea Serpents and Fire Drakes. Plus the various dangers and constant changes in scenery that come with traveling while via a ship helps, really helped keep things fresh, until of course they come to the islands of Keonga. Isabella's days as a danger magnet don't end no matter how hard she tries to avoid them, and she still has the curiosity of a cat that more often gets her into dangerous situations, and in trouble with foreign governments. In this one, she's actually forced to marry another woman in order to avoid offending her host who believe she's dragon-spirited and is neither man and woman. Since she is female who dresses and acts more like a man, she is then perceived as a man, and therefore must marry a woman to anchor her to this world. This was of course endlessly amusing. I actually wish she went a little more into this, but alas, there was none. There was some really cool dragon riding, escaping hostile army men via balloons, and diving into a heat of battle. Since the book takes place a few years after The Tropic of Serpents, we get to see just how far Isabella had come as a dragon naturalist. As a leading researcher in the field, she is even grudgingly afforded some respect and even began to pass on her knowledge to other women. Because Isabella laughs in the face of sexist Victorian attitudes that attempt to limit women's fields based on their sex. It was also sweet to see Isabella spend time with her son Jake, as they rebuild and strengthen their relationship, and get to know each other. The reader also gets to watch - along with Isabella - Jake growing up. And of course, their Suhail, who is a real thirst trap for Isabella, and the first person that Isabella shows interest in now after the pain of losing Jacob has healed a bit. I think I've lost count how many times Suhail was half undressed or taking off his shirt for one reason or another. But since Isabella still has to at least make a show of propriety we don't really get to see the thirst in the narration (as these are her memoirs as told by her older self). Though her attraction and affection for him still shows in how often she thinks of him, seeks him out, and the fact that he basically supplants Tom. Overall however, this was a really fun, adventure filled book, that really improved on the first two and if you weren't sure about continuing the series after the first two, I'd definitely give this a chance. Reading my first review, I'm surprised how differently I feel, and I wonder if it has to do with the fact that this time I was reading a physical copy, instead of an e-book. I generally have trouble paying attention to ebooks for longer stretches of time and so I wonder if that's why the book seemed slow to me: because I couldn't read it for long stretches. Having read this already though, I knew not to pay too much attention to the naming conventions since they confused me last time, and just went with the flow. But this time, I was even more certain that the Yungalise are supposed to be Japanese and Keonga are the Pacific Islanders. First Reading Review: I received a free arc-e-book of The Voyage of the Basilisk from Tor on NetGalley. The Voyage of the Basilisk is the third book in the Memoir by Lady Trent series, the first of which is The Natural History of Dragons. I was happy to find out that it was not the last and that there are two more in the series after this. The VofB starts off slowly, the pacing was a tad too slow for my liking and mired in parts by the naming of all the fictional geography--which instead of clearing things up for me, actually confused and irritated me. It was somewhat unnecessarily especially since I couldn't make the connections to the countries/languages she was referring to and their real world counterparts. I'm guessing this one takes place somewhere in the Pacific Islands and the aggressor is Japan. The book would have been a letdown for me except thankfully the pacing picks up in the second half of the book and some exciting action finally starts to happen. Isabella really is an amazing character. She's a scientist with a curiosity of a cat that more often gets her into dangerous situations, and in trouble with foreign governments. In this one, she's actually forced to marry another woman in order to avoid offending her host who believe she's dragon-spirited and is neither man and woman. Since she is female who dresses and acts more like a man, she is then perceived as a man, and therefore must marry a woman to anchor her to this world. This to me, really hilarious. I actually wish she went a little more into this, but alas, there was none. There was some really cool dragon riding, escaping hostile army men via balloons, and diving into a heat of battle. I'm also dying to find out who Isabella married. I hope it's Suhail! This book comes out March 31st.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Small Review

    Originally posted on Small Review The series in general (no spoilers) Ah, there's something so satisfying about a consistent series. I always know what to expect with the Lady Trent books, and thankfully, Voyage of the Basilisk stuck with the same tried and true formula. Fans of the first two books can rest assured that this third installment is more of the same, and I mean that in a good way. Isabella embarks on another journey to another excitingly untamed part of the world to continue her study Originally posted on Small Review The series in general (no spoilers) Ah, there's something so satisfying about a consistent series. I always know what to expect with the Lady Trent books, and thankfully, Voyage of the Basilisk stuck with the same tried and true formula. Fans of the first two books can rest assured that this third installment is more of the same, and I mean that in a good way. Isabella embarks on another journey to another excitingly untamed part of the world to continue her study of dragons. The first half follows a series of mini adventures and the second half focuses on a local group of people, exposing Isabella to another novel culture. That may sound formulaic, especially since that same pattern is followed in each book. It is the uniqueness of the adventures that keep this series from feeling stale. Even more enamoring, for me, is the sense of exploration. I'm so fired up following Isabella as she makes new discoveries in her quest to understand dragons. I thrive on that indescribably invigorating feeling of forming theories, testing them out, finding their flaws, delighting when they're proved right, and, almost even more exciting, turning over the new questions that arise and chasing their answers. These books wouldn't be half as good if Isabella wasn't narrating them. Her voice is so perfect (though she is certainly not) and I have found a true kindred spirit in her character. I like how she stays true to herself, embracing her passions and quirks, even if they do not conform to the accepted or the norm. She has learned that she can choose to either be happy in life, or unhappy, and she has chosen to be happy. This voyage in particular As you've probably gathered, this book sees Isabella on the high seas and the first half of the book takes place almost entirely on board the ship. Even though I like a lot of books that take place on ships, I don't actually like being on fictional ships very much. It's claustrophobic and I hate the feeling of being trapped on a relatively fragile ship with nothing around but a vast ocean holding all manner of dangerous sea creatures. Plus, the food. Barf. So, I've knocked off a star for that completely personal reason. Fans of Tom and Natalie will be disappointed because they are not very notable in this book. Natalie especially, since she doesn't even accompany Isabella on her journey. Instead, a new character comes to the forefront and I can't say I'm upset about this new development (though I DO miss Tom. I really liked his growing relationship with Isabella in Tropic of Serpents and I was hoping to spend more time on that in this book). But, this new character is a diverting consolation prize. Other things I liked (without giving things away): The supremely excellent scene of Isabella and the Great Nostril Grab (and the even greater description of the fictional artistic portrayals of said event), Isabella's on going relationship and her exploration of her feelings with the Jacobs, adding in an archeological exploration (that surprisingly ties back in with the prior books), treasure (!), the wife (what a fun way to address those rumors), and the incorrect theory (because we've all kicked ourselves at some point, and Isabella described all the emotions perfectly). Bottom line Upon finishing the book I had two thoughts: 1. Gosh, I read that quickly! 2. When is the next book coming out? I wish I had savored this book more because now it's finished and I have to wait at least a year (I'm guessing, gah, Goodreads doesn't even have the next book up!) and I really just want to keep reading in this world and with these characters. I didn't mean to read it so fast. I just, I just couldn't stop reading! So, when is the next book coming out?? Originally posted on

  27. 4 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    We're at that point in the series where it's hard not to spoil previous books but I shall endeavor to not do so. Voyage of the Basilisk picks up a little while after the previous book,  The Tropic of Serpents , and continues the memoirs of Lady Isabella Trent as she recounts her adventures across Scirland. If you enjoyed the previous two books, then you'll find the same honest, detailed narrative I've come to love. Isabella is now older but her view of the world has been somewhat limited until We're at that point in the series where it's hard not to spoil previous books but I shall endeavor to not do so. Voyage of the Basilisk picks up a little while after the previous book,  The Tropic of Serpents , and continues the memoirs of Lady Isabella Trent as she recounts her adventures across Scirland. If you enjoyed the previous two books, then you'll find the same honest, detailed narrative I've come to love. Isabella is now older but her view of the world has been somewhat limited until now. This book takes the intricate world Brennan began building back in  A Natural History of Dragons and expands it tenfold. The scientist in me was very happy with this particular development as it meant a whole score of new creatures of the scaly variety. I loved that Isabella finally got a shot at her own research, making the calls (and the mistakes that go along with research). She's the kind of character that, in her "current" days reminds me of that grandmother with all the interesting stories from her youth. And as the younger version of herself, as portrayed through the story, she's a woman who challenges the world, taking on roles that women didn't tend to hold, showing strength without having to be a warrior. So often I feel like strong female leads are associated with physical strength and willpower but I don't think that's only one representation. Isabella Trent is strong. She's already been through a lot but she also has the strength to know when she has messed up, as well as when she's right. I want more books with characters like her. I'm also glad that her son became a bigger player in this book. I hoped to see more of him as their relationship was lacking, at best, and I was curious how Brennan would take that. But just like the voice of the story, the world-building stole the show. I think one of the biggest points of these books, for me, are the way that the author explores all the different cultures of this world, bringing them to life through vivid description and thought-provoking encounters. I'm a lover of science, but also history, and the way the two are combined with the different groups of people Isabella meets made me a very happy reader. I'd also say that the pace of this one was, while similar to the first two at a glance, moved a bit quicker due to nature of the plot. Which was great. The narrative style can sometimes drag a bit but all the action kept things moving quick. These books have honestly gotten better and better. I think the first two were good but Voyage of the Basilisk brought a bit more action, a bit more adventure, and definitely more fantastical creatures to explore. If Brennan ever writes up a guide "created" by Isabella Trent from these travels I would buy it in a heartbeat!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    I don't know why this book seems deserved the 5 stars I gave while the previous two books only 4. They're not that different with their multiple conflicts and resolutions. Maybe because of Suhail. Maybe because the plot thickens. Maybe just because I love the plot twist more. I imagined the voyage of the Basilisk is not much different with how Charles Darwin sailed around the world and building his theory of evolution, only that the passengers were more interesting. You have Isabella: a woman--a I don't know why this book seems deserved the 5 stars I gave while the previous two books only 4. They're not that different with their multiple conflicts and resolutions. Maybe because of Suhail. Maybe because the plot thickens. Maybe just because I love the plot twist more. I imagined the voyage of the Basilisk is not much different with how Charles Darwin sailed around the world and building his theory of evolution, only that the passengers were more interesting. You have Isabella: a woman--a widow with a young son, trying to fight the sexism of the society and coincidentally trapped in a delicate political situation and got herself (and her company) in an adventure where she almost lost her life (several times) but she just. keep. going. The part where she had to marry a villager, for a marriage of convenience, is just one of the easiest part in her life. Then you have old and loyal friends, Tom Wilker, which they stated very clearly in previous book, will have no romantic relationship whatsoever with Isabelle. They're partners and equals in work, in crimes, and in fighting classism in Scrilings society. Also joined them in this period road trip : her little kid, Jacob, and his governess, Abby, both were just lovable. The last person on their small team is Suhail. A diligent archeolog whom I suspect also a prince from the land of 1001 Nights story. The number one person you will want to be stranded on the island with. The future husband (I hope! For Isabella of course). *please read the paragraph below with Honest Trailer narrator's voice* Featuring: Sea serpents! A rebellious lady scientist! Loyal friends! A proud ship captain! A boy who fell in love with the sea! Indigenous people! Many languages other than MC's native languages! A forgotten culture! Fictional countries and locations based on actual countries and locations to ensure you that it took place in a fictional world! Fictional dates and months names just to confused you more! And, of course, dragons!

  29. 4 out of 5

    BellaGBear

    Really I love practical Lady Trent and her quest for the knowledge of dragons. This book tells about another exiting part of her life. This one tells about sea dragons. Really love to know more about the dragons with every part of this series. Also loving what Marie Brennan does with feminism and the question of gender in this series, and particulary in this book (I am not going to say more, because it would spoil the story). And that action scene towards the ending was also simply brilliant! This Really I love practical Lady Trent and her quest for the knowledge of dragons. This book tells about another exiting part of her life. This one tells about sea dragons. Really love to know more about the dragons with every part of this series. Also loving what Marie Brennan does with feminism and the question of gender in this series, and particulary in this book (I am not going to say more, because it would spoil the story). And that action scene towards the ending was also simply brilliant! This book is the perfect mix of restraint social contacts and exhiliration action scenes, which to me feels similar to classical victorian adventure novels (however, I am not sure if this is actually true). This book really feels like a tribute to the classical adventure novels to me anyway. Only I have one question: why is the ending of a book in this series always so sad... I loved the ending, but so bittersweet.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    This is the third book in a series. The books are the fictional memoirs of Isabella, a dragon naturalist, when it was scandalous for women to study dragons. What I love about this series is the great writing, the understated magic, the great wit, all of which I usually find in novels of manner. I almost left out my favorite characteristic in that they are reminiscent of Jane Austen's books. (without the dragon's, of course) While this was an ebook, I read book one and 2 in paper format and in al This is the third book in a series. The books are the fictional memoirs of Isabella, a dragon naturalist, when it was scandalous for women to study dragons. What I love about this series is the great writing, the understated magic, the great wit, all of which I usually find in novels of manner. I almost left out my favorite characteristic in that they are reminiscent of Jane Austen's books. (without the dragon's, of course) While this was an ebook, I read book one and 2 in paper format and in all of them the drawings of the dragons are beautiful. I received this book from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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