In the Labyrinth of Drakes is the fourth book in the five part Lady Trent Memoirs. Marie Brennan takes her personal knowledge of anthropology, archaeology, and folklore and creates a wonderful world full of dragons and fantasy. Lady Trent is the protagonist and she seeks to learn more about dragons as an anthropologist in a world that is masochistic.
In this book we see Lady Trent set off for a dry arid land (very much out of her comfort zone) in an attempt to develop a method of breeding dragons that can be used for scientific and military purposes. If you’ve read other books in the series, the latter part of her purpose may surprise you, but I can assure you it is done in a way very consistent with her character. While in the desert country, she makes a landmark discovery about dragons and their breeding habits. This part of the book was so fascinating, that I won’t spoil it here. The creative genius of this discovery is something I haven’t seen in a novel before, but expect will be used by many writers going forward.
Lady Trent also goes on a harrowing adventure into the desolate desert regions and learns much of dragons, an ancient civilization, and herself. This book is full of good character development, action, and plot twists you won’t see coming.
In my last book review for this series, Review: Voyage of the Basilisk, I gave this book 5 stars. I also give this book 5 stars, but for different reasons. The last book was full of action and adventure, and this one was too, but in a very different way.
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