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A Natural History of Dragons
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent | Marie Brennan
Marie Brennan begins a thrilling new fantasy series in A Natural History of Dragons, combining adventure with the inquisitive spirit of the Victorian Age.You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heartno more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of momentseven at the risk of one's lifeis a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever."Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity."Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on A Natural History of DragonsAn NPR Best Book of 2013
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hissingpotatoes
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But my desire for knowledge was stronger than my religious sensibilities, which after all were more a matter of unthinking habit than real conviction.

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hissingpotatoes
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“We stared at each other for a moment, then burst into laughter that must have scared off every nonhuman animal for half a mile around.“

A perfect, heart-filling moment in the story, built up to from several equally perfect moments. Isabella and Jacob are one of my favorite literary couples. Such a wonderful meeting of minds.

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hissingpotatoes
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It‘s—it‘s as if there is a dragon inside me. I don‘t know how big she is; she may still be growing. But she has wings, and strength, and—and I can‘t keep her in a cage. She‘ll die. I‘ll die. [...] It‘s all right for women to study theology, or literature, but nothing so rough and ready as this. And yet this is what I want. Even if it‘s hard, even if it‘s dangerous. I don‘t care. I need to see where my wings can carry me.

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hissingpotatoes
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Normally “but you haven't heard the REAL/full story“ lines fall flat, but the build-up to it in this intro, combined with the signature from Isabella to make it feel more real, sent shivers of anticipation through me.

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hissingpotatoes
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One benefit of being an old woman now, and moreover one who has been called a “national treasure,“ is that there are very few who can tell me what I may and may not write.

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Meaw_catlady
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Got a very large semi book related tattoo yesterday. The dragon is based on the Gringotts Dragon from Harry Potter. She is protecting her egg which is also the moon which is inspired from Doctor Who. I love the way it turned out and can‘t wait for it to heal so I can get some better pics.

DaveGreen7777 That tattoo is glorious! 🐉 I love it! 😍 1w
Melissa_J Is that your back? How long did that take to tattoo? 1w
Meaw_catlady @DaveGreen7777 thanks so much!! I love it ! Me and the artist came up with something great! 1w
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Meaw_catlady @Melissa_J it‘s on my thigh . It took about 4 hours . 1w
Melissa_J Wow! I love the incorporation of the moon/egg. 1w
Meaw_catlady @Melissa_J thanks so much! (edited) 1w
cobwebmoth That's amazing! 1w
LiteraryinLititz I love it!! 1w
LauraJ Beautiful! 1w
BookwormAHN Fantastic 🖤 1w
GypsyKat Wow!!!🤩 1w
SamanthaMarie Wow I love that!! And love the mashup of Harry Potter and Dr. Who ♡♡♡ 1w
Tianarose Amazing! I completely agree with @SamanthaMarie 1w
sudi It looks so cool!!! Love it ❤ 1w
litenthusiast That is stunning! I love it! 1w
Ddzmini I like it 🙌🏽 1w
Branwen OMG SHE IS SO GORGEOUS! 🐉💕😍 1w
Meaw_catlady @branwen thanks!!!! I have named her Molly Weasley cuz she Protec! 💕 1w
Branwen @Meaw_catlady Hahahaha! Omg I love it! That's perfect! 😂🤣 1w
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hissingpotatoes
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4/5⭐ At 1st I only lukewarm toward the book, but then there's nothing like [spoiler] to make you realize how invested you are in the story.

This book was so fun, with a good balance of serious to make it more complex. The memoir-style, with the narrator adding tidbits from the future & lessons learned, added a brilliant layer that prevented the story from falling flat & just took the whole thing to the next level. Can't wait to read book 2.

Crazeedi I have had this on my shelf for a long time. I think my daughter loaned it to me, still havent picked it up 3w
hissingpotatoes @Crazeedi It flows well so it feels like a fast read! 3w
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I knew I would love this book the minute I bought it. It seems like a boring memoir about a fictional world and characters while they discover dragonkind, but it was fascinating, emotional, and smart. And includes pictures. It reminds me of a historical nonfiction, very informative, but also has a storyline. I will be reading the next book in the series.

ChasingOm I can‘t decide if I want this in physical copy or on audio... 🤔 2mo
HistoricallyAccurate I actually liked the voice actress for this, I listened to the sample on Amazon but I‘m not an audiobook reader so it‘s up to you 🙂 2mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2mo
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RaimeyGallant Welcome! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💟📚💟 2mo
Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 💙📖📚 2mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 2mo
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Jen_Reads
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I‘m not very far in, but so far I‘m enjoying and I also want a dragon 🐉

JazzFeathers I've heard lots of good things about this series. 3mo
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Jen_Reads
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Working on my July calendar before I start the tagged book. I‘m in a dragon mood. July starts my month of fun things between a concer and seeing AC Milan play for the first time since I think 2009 (Honestly not sure how I feel about not seeing my guys from ten years ago), and I may get to see my mom and dad!

AkashaVampie Love ur calendar. I've tried to do something like that in the past but can never stick with it. I'll have to try it again. Do u have any suggestions? 3mo
LapReader Where is your calendar from? 3mo
Jen_Reads @LapReader it‘s by Little Inklings Design. She is on Instagram. It‘s cute and helps keep track of books read and bought. 3mo
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shanaqui
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Reread this today in one joyful splurge. I can't believe I didn't like it much the first time I read it. I really love Isabella and her deranged practicality -- and this time I especially appreciated her asides about how good science is done.

Can't wait for the new book in this world, coming out on my birthday!

#WyrdandWonder

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KtheBookwyrm
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Got one of the book sleeves I ordered in the mail today! Isn‘t it beautiful?!

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Deifio
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Take care people! 😄🐲🐉🐉

@julesG

julesG 😂😂😂 Yeah, this is going viral. 5mo
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Insightsintobooks
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julesG
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Today I'm grateful for

🎈 Sore muscles
🎈 Helping hands from friends
🎈 Cake (which I'm about to share with my helping hands)

#grateful21 @Eggs

Tanisha_A Looks yum! 5mo
Eggs Beautiful 5mo
RachelO I‘m grateful for the reminder to be grateful for sore muscles! 5mo
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julesG
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RachelO Yay! 6mo
Schnoebs I swear I‘m going to get back into this book 😣 it‘ll happen, eventually. Hopefully this month though because I think I might be able to use it for one of the OWL prompts I don‘t have already have something designated to 6mo
julesG @Schnoebs I'm not making much progress. I'm very tired right now. 6mo
Cathythoughts 😀😀😀 6mo
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KtheBookwyrm
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I made myself some book review sheets to see if it would help me do better with taking the time to write notes as I read and write up full reviews when I‘m done. Spent way too long on my logo, but I want to start up a blog and am going to need one anyway so I figured I‘d go ahead and get it done. A cute little feathered amphithere dragon :)

CouronneDhiver Looks cool 😎 6mo
rretzler I like it. 6mo
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julesG
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Resting. I was very active.

Managed to deliver paperwork with a deadline, return a pair of trousers, get a new sweater, buy coffee, and send off a small package to @Cathythoughts. Also, got a strange tea, tip from my physiotherapist, which might help my throat and voice. Did I mention that I still sound like I had a great time at the pub?

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@kaye

Reecaspieces You go chick! 6mo
Kaye Great job ! That‘s a lot of steps. 6mo
AlaMich You know, that “spent a long evening at the pub” voice can be very sexy...😉 6mo
julesG @AlaMich But it gets old after two weeks. 6mo
Wife 🌹 6mo
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julesG
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#Frideas @SailorMoon

1) Germany🇩🇪
2) the coast, no specific country, but I'd prefer somewhere in Europe
3) fictional world
4) meaty dishes, most people know Sauerkraut and Sausages, in this area kale and special sausages is very famous. Or some sort of potato based pancake that's eaten with molasses and or a special liver paté like sausage
5) @Sarah83, @MinDea, @Mitch, @LibrarianRyan,... 😘😘😘

JazzFeathers I want to taste every food you mentioned! 6mo
catsuit_mango Leberkase... Never liked it. But you forgot all the wonderful bread things bretzel and Semmeln, and suisse Senf :) that's the food things i miss form my time in Germany ;) 6mo
julesG @catsuit_mango Leberkäse is the solid stuff. I was referring to Leberwurst. 😉 I totally forgot about all the bread we have. You are right. Leberkäse reminds me of Weißwurst and sweet (coarse ground) mustard. Bavaria has a lot of interesting food. 6mo
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catsuit_mango I like liver in its natural form, but Leberkase or Wurst are too weird for me. A weiß Wurst once in a while is OK ;) but my coworkers had it every Friday at work... Somehow croissants in the office I. France is less offensive ;) 6mo
julesG @catsuit_mango Yikes! Every Friday?! I'm glad to live in Westfalia. 6mo
catsuit_mango That's Bavaria to you ;) 6mo
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julesG
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Waiting at the kids' dentist. Around me lots of small children with teeth that need more fillings than the kids are years old. I'm really shocked.

The cool thing, there's a bumper car in the waiting room.

@Schnoebs, as you can see, I've started chapter 11.

RachelO 👋 from a Devon dentist‘s waiting room! 6mo
julesG @RachelO Already finished and on our #LitsyWalk home. 6mo
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Schnoebs
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You would think having started spring break I would get a lot of reading done. Lies. All lies. I maybe got an hour in on my audiobook but no physical copy reading for me. So tired from everything that‘s been going on. Hopefully I can make better progress tomorrow 😴

#audiobook #harrypotter #wizardingworld #library #sfftbrchallenge #52booksin52 #mpls #twincities

julesG Sleep! Rest! Then come back to the books. 6mo
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mellissimo
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Pickpick

This book was so much fun to read! The story was thrilling and still told in a light and funny way. Lady Trent is a bold and interesting character and I had a great time reading about her adventures. Also those wonderful illustrations add a lot to it. I can't wait to read the rest of this series! ❤🐉

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Pickpick

This was such a delightful and cozy read. Isabella is the Jane Porter (Disney Tarzan version) of the dragon universe and I love her and want to be her. If you like costume dramas or dragons, this is the book for you. It starts off slow but pick up halfway through. Can't wait to continue Lady Trent's adventures!

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mellissimo
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I love books with creepy illustrations! 😍

kspenmoll Tooo creepy! 7mo
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LaLecture
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Pickpick

Such a fun and unusual read! Isabella is a great and authentic protagonist who knows what she wants and always follows her urge to learn new things, even if she endangers herself and others by that. The older Isabella also has a dry sense of humour and a rather honest way of telling her story that I really enjoyed. I like the sort of fantasy - crime story combination and the way dragons are portrayed. Looking forward to book 2!

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Moony
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Little #bookhaul ;) All this I got new in october #newin #books #films #deadpool #blackpanther #manga #comic

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LaLecture
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I bought some books at Frankfurt Book Fair and curiously three of them are in English 🤔. That is because German publishers are obliged to sell books to fixed prices but foreign punishers were allowed to give discounts 😍.
I was also surprised that 4 out of 5 books I bought were non-fiction even though I don‘t read non-fiction very often. I‘m planning to do a non-fiction month in November though 😊.

Oh, and I met @Maike which was really nice 😊.

Sarah83 Yes I remember my bookhaul last year looked quite similar. 🤗 11mo
LaLecture @Sarah83 I saw some bookstagrammers who took 10-15 books home 😳. Compared to that my little pile is rather cute 😁. 11mo
Sarah83 I think I bought six books last year. 😉 11mo
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slightlyfoxed
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Armed with the largest, strongest cup of tea, I‘m ready for this #readathon to begin! (Mostly.)

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ralexist
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Pickpick

This one checked a few boxes for me. Not only was it a new-to-me series that I've wanted to start, because Hi...who doesn't want to read about the exploits of an eminent dragon expert, it also was my #LetterN for my #LitsyAtoZ challenge. AND it ended up being the final book in my yearly Goodreads challenge...book 125 for the year. Oh, and I finished it during our annual state library conference. Nice little confluence of events there 🙂

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Moony
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Today first I went to the bookstore and then to the comic book store. 😂🤣 #comic #dragon #bookhaul #bookstore

Linsy Sounds like a great day! 🐉 11mo
Moony @Linsy yes it makes the day better. :) Sometimes only books can made the day. 😉 11mo
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slightlyfoxed
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Wow!!! Thanks so much @Ddzmini for the incredibly generous #FallingForFallSwap!!! There was so much stuff in there, I couldn‘t possibly fit it all in one picture. I love it all, especially the Lady Trent books - I was going to check them out at work, but now I have my very own set!!!

Ddzmini I‘m so glad you like the there the ones with special ink 😋😍 so fun to read those ones I have a set like them there great 12mo
Avanders ❤️🧡💛🎃🍁🍂😍 12mo
monalyisha Those socks look so cozy! 12mo
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marineko
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I loved this book when I first read it a few years back. Trying it on audio for the first time, I ended up loving it even more. Can't wait to catch up on Lady Trent's adventures in the next book, but I'll have to wait for next month's audible credit 😁

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Shallwehaveteanow
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My current read.

Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy! Hope you love it here! 13mo
JoScho Welcome to Litsy! I hope you love it here as much as we do! Happy Reading 💖😊 13mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 13mo
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Johanna414
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Anyone else fall prey to the Audible sale on sci-fi and fantasy books?! It was hard to stop at just 3! #audible #audibledeals

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sparrowssavvy
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Pickpick

Such a fun read! I loved the gorgeous illustrations in the book and the wonderful details of this mythology of various dragons. Definitely going to read the rest of this series!

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sparrowssavvy
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I am loving this book so far. And the illustrations of dragons are just gorgeous!

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TN_Lane
Mehso-so

Oddly, despite being underwhelmed by this book, I still want to read the next in the series.

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tracy_anne8
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I really don't need to start yet another book when I have 3 that are unfinished but I grabbed this one on a whim on the way out the door as we were leaving for San Francisco.

So far I'm enjoying this a lot! #dragons #fantasy

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SleepyDragon
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1 Right now? Wallykazam! (Bobgoblin!)
2. Dragons
3. Uh ... light//white/good magic?
4. Hobbit/LOTR
5. Writing or anything creative
#magicalmonday @Seekingtardis

Seekingtardis Dragons are a girls best friend!! 😍😂🐉 1y
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bookwrm526
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I really enjoyed this one!! The main character gave me a lot of the same feels as the early Amelia Peabody books - no nonsense, take-no-prisoners, but still managing to get herself into scrapes, some of which she gets out of herself and others of which require the help of her companions. Instead of archaeology there are dragons, and I wish there had been a bit more dragon lore. The narrator was great!

Eggs Lovely photo 1y
bookwrm526 @Eggs thank you! There are lots of these trees across campus, I love when they bloom 1y
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rmaclean4
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Pickpick

What a fun romp of a book. I think this will be a delightful series to listen to. 3.5 🌟

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rmaclean4
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Started this today and am loving it so far. Another escape read while the world feels like too much to handle.

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kaysworld1
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These are my new book marks and postcards I got today at megacon, Carlisle.
Oh and their holler graphic bookmarks.
#awesome #reading #bookmarks #naturalreader

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book802dragon
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mjdowens I am about 1/2 way through this one. I want them all just for the covers 2y
book802dragon @mjdowens Me too! The covers are beautiful (edited) 2y
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jenlbean
Pickpick

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Adventure, intellectual heroine, and dragons come together in a delightful story. I could relate to the main character and enjoyed the chronological flow of this book.

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Somasis
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🗺 #thisremindsmeof A fantasy world I recently spent a lot of time in ❤

@JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

abbsinwonderland 😍😍😍 2y
Ddzmini I know I‘m waiting for the next book in the series 😝📖 2y
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jenlbean
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Good day reading all bundled up at the beach while my son plays

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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee
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So far this audiobook is fantastic. I‘ve been listening to this on and off for weeks but really enjoying the character.

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