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Review: The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

I received this book for free from the publisher. This did not affect my opinion or the content of this review.

Summary

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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Top Ten Novelettes

Top Ten Tuesday

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Flash Fiction, Short stories, Novelettes, Novellas… there was a long time when I didn’t really appreciate them. I mostly associated them with those short extra stories for series which most often seemed redundant because they rarely gave new information and weren’t actually any good, at least not the ones I used to read a few years back. Then Tor.com started publishing short stories and novelettes, and suddenly I discovered a whole new world of fiction to fall in love with.

For someone who usually prefers bigger books of 500+ pages it was quite the surprise that I also love the very short kind now. They are perfect for when you lack time and want to read a whole story in just one day though. And I certainly won’t complain about there being a shit ton of stories available for free (Tor.com and Uncanny Magazine being my favorites of many sources).

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Top Ten Audiobooks

Top Ten Tuesday

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Making a list of favorite audiobooks is probably the easiest Top Ten Tuesday topic I could ever do. I only started listening to audiobooks this year so I was very slowly easing into it and then also had a massive (listening?) slump during the summer, so there really isn’t much to choose from, lucky me. Most of the ones I did listen to were amazing though and definitely recommended.

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Review: Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan

I received this book for free via Netgalley. This did not affect my opinion or the content of this review.
Cover of The Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan

Cold-Forged Flame

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Summary

At the beginning—no—at the end—she appears, full of fury and bound by chains of prophecy.

Setting off on an unexplained quest from which she is compelled to complete, and facing unnatural challenges in a land that doesn’t seem to exist, she will discover the secrets of herself, or die trying. But along the way, the obstacles will grow to a seemingly insurmountable point, and the final choice will be the biggest sacrifice yet.

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