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Turning Darkness Into Light
Turning Darkness Into Light | Marie Brennan
12 posts | 4 read | 7 to read
"Overwhelmingly fun."io9 on The Tropic of Serpents As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs) Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study. When Lord Gleinheigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archeologist Kudshayn, must find proof of the conspiracy before its too late. TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT is a delightful fantasy of manners, the heir to the award-winning Natural History of Dragons series, a perfect stepping stone into an alternate Victorian-esque fantasy landscape.
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imyril
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I adored this book. Audrey is distinct from the grandmother who overshadows her, and a delightful companion. Her adventures in linguistics fighting the politicisation of research are just as gripping as Isabella‘s journeys and feel very timely with their central questions of how the stories we tell about ourselves and others change our attitudes. Wonderful stuff, side by side with marvellous myth making.

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KtheBookwyrm
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This book was so so good. I had to get used to the format—it‘s told predominantly through diary entries—but honestly I forgot about it most of the time. Most books written through letters, newspaper articles, etc. aren‘t enjoyable for me, but she wrote the letters in such a way that they read like a narrative. Love this continuation of the story and am so glad it lived up to my expectations.

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shanaqui
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Lovely. Maybe my only criticism is that Audrey is *very* like Isabella in many ways.

Not sure quite how long I read today -- maybe an hour? But I finished this finally, yay! #SummersEndReadathon @Clwojick

Clwojick Way to go! ♥️🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
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shanaqui
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1. First of all, to finish this book! Then I have a whole TBR for this month to attend to, and I've read less than half so far... oops: https://breathesbooks.com/2019/08/01/an-august-tbr/
2. This one! I really want to finish it.
3. I'm fairly flexible. Right now all I want is chicken satay skewers. Gaaaah, I want them.
4. I'm pretty easy about where and when I read.
5. Always!
6. Hmm, not sure who'd be interested.

@Clwojick #SummersEndReadathon

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shanaqui

One of the lovely things about this series (for me) is that there are academics of all sorts of fields doing research (some more legitimately than others). I relate to Isabella and the biological research a lot, of course, but my BA and MA were heavily language focused and involved a healthy introduction to translation, so I'm really feeling Audrey, too!

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shanaqui
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SHE KNEW ME!!!!!!!!!

#worldcon2019

Megabooks Totally awesome moment!! 3mo
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shanaqui

Oops, I started reading and suddenly I was 62 pages in. Eeee.

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imyril

“I‘m not very good at friends. But I suppose it doesn‘t matter anymore”

😭💔😭💔😭

Oh, Cora

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imyril
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I love love love that the conflict is academic and reputational, not romantic or sexual. And by the time Audrey says this, it‘s an absolutely stinging rebuke.

Just wonderful.

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imyril

“I didn‘t mean to start a riot”

...once a Camherst, always a Camherst

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imyril
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Is it wrong that my immediate thought was ‘...when you took it off her‘?

Apparently I have instant ship for Audrey and Cora.

shanaqui I bet my sister will join you in that. 3mo
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shanaqui
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What's that thing the kids say?

YAAAAAAAAAAAS QUEEN.