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The Voyage of the Basilisk Alternate Cover Edition For This ASIN Can Be Found HereDevoted 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 PersonalScience 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

  • Kindle Edition
  • 352 pages
  • The Voyage of the Basilisk
  • Marie Brennan
  • English
  • 05 December 2017

About the Author: Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of the Doppelganger, Onyx Court, Wilders, and Memoirs of Lady Trent series of fantasy novels Sign up for her newsletter here



10 thoughts on “The Voyage of the Basilisk

  1. says:

    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 happenandwith 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 YolenThe Waking Fire Anthony RyanDragon Weather Lawrence Watt EvansDragon Champion E.E KnightThe Book of Jhereg Stephen BrustVia The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com

  2. says:

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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 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, andAside 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,science, and of coursedragons

  3. says:

    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. says:

    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. says:

    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 toadventures of Isabella already a favourite lady character of mine and also made me start to love her son I think he may becomeimportant 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. says:

    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 reasonDragons 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 reasonDragons 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. says:

    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 stravelogue 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 tonof 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 rathergrown 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, thegeneral 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 oneto 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 wantIsabella Originally posted here

  8. says:

    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. says:

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

  10. says:

    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

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