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    4.5 5 stars Marie Brennan delivers again Although the first Memoirs of Lady Trent book garnered mixed emotions from me, the series quickly developed into one of the most personally meaningful ones I ve ever read It spoke to me on so many levels, foremost of which was Lady Trent s passion for understanding dragons The whole caboodle was summarized beautifully with this quote It s the way we find the things we re passionate about and then chase them with everything we ve got. It s precisel 4.5 5 stars Marie Brennan delivers again Although the first Memoirs of Lady Trent book garnered mixed emotions from me, the series quickly developed into one of the most personally meaningful ones I ve ever read It spoke to me on so many levels, foremost of which was Lady Trent s passion for understanding dragons The whole caboodle was summarized beautifully with this quote It s the way we find the things we re passionate about and then chase them with everything we ve got. It s precisely what I love about the series because it focuses on highly skilled people with a relentless determination for following their passions, having grand adventures, and making epic discoveries The specific focus for Turning Darkness Into Light was on transcribing ancient Draconian texts, and I have to say I ate up every detail The only downside to this spinoff is that if had absolutely nothing to do with dragons, which was a bummer, but I frankly was so absorbed that I didn t notice their absence until well into the book.The characters were great I love that they felt relatable because they all had prominent flaws Flaws that risked making them unlikable at times which for me always makes them farinteresting to read about Robin Hobb s Elderling series comes to mind as a prime example of this aspect But they were also focused and impassioned, and the magic of the book was experiencing the highs and lows of their discovery journey.The format was also a positive aspect Told using an epistolary technique, it broke up the same old story presentations and was done cleverly enough that I didn t feel anything lacked because she didn t utilizetraditional layouts It addedpersonality to an already effervescent read.If I had any one complaint about the story, it was that I didn t find the content of the text they were translating very interesting The whole book kind of revolved around it, and I appreciate what it added to the story, but I would ve preferred something different I have a specific in mind but I don t want to give any spoilers The discovery is half the fun of this read As far as objections go, that one s pretty minor.Overall, If I could have one job, dragon naturalist would be at the very top of the list Lady Trent allowed me to live vicariously through the characters, and will always have a special place in my heart I m so glad the storyline continued, even if it had a new focus with the next generation of researchers It appealed to my highly organized and detail oriented bookseller self on another level Brennan seems to get what makes me tick I think we d get along.Recommendations this would be a rather difficult book to fully appreciate if you haven t read Memoirs of Lady Trent first It s a next generation continuation focused on the development of Lady Trent s most famous discoveries I d recommend reading that series first, and please give it a bit to get going I had a love hate relationship with A Natural History of Dragons, but eventually came to adore the series as a whole It s dragon tastic and completely endearing to obsessed souls like myself Dragons rock Even though this continuation wasn t about dragons, it still had all the same appeal as the first series channeled into evenof an academic focus So this one was kind of book tastic instead, and I didn t hate it.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.comOther books you might like


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    This book is one of the ones I read for the O.W.Ls readathon and I m so glad I have been meaning to pick this up since I bought it when it came out as I so loved the Lady Trent books and this did not disappoint at all It s another series which is great escapism and so fun to read as it s all about science and archaeology andAlso there s always a lady who s amazing as the lead, which I love, and it s set in a time period which is both an age of discovery and an age of magical beings in S This book is one of the ones I read for the O.W.Ls readathon and I m so glad I have been meaning to pick this up since I bought it when it came out as I so loved the Lady Trent books and this did not disappoint at all It s another series which is great escapism and so fun to read as it s all about science and archaeology andAlso there s always a lady who s amazing as the lead, which I love, and it s set in a time period which is both an age of discovery and an age of magical beings in Scirland, an alternative version of here with dragons andThis book follows the granddaughter of Lady Trent, Audrey She s a scholar in the making and she s determined to do something that will make her name and live up to her family s reputation When she is approached to translate a new set of Draconian tablets which were found at a recent excavation, she can t resist despite the weird caveats of the owner The book is a mystery for many reasons, we re told the story through a variety of reports, diary entries, translations andThere s a few other characters like Kudyashen a Draconian and Cara niece of the tablet owner who also feature and who are fascinating too Ultimately, the tale is a discovery of the past and a look to the future This could easily stay as a standalone, but I have to say I hope we seeof Audrey and her companions as her story seems like just the beginning and the nostalgia I had for the Lady Trent series was also super If you re looking for escapism I d highly recommend Lady Trent and this as they re both exactly what I felt in the mood for 4.5 s overall


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    And here I am, continuing my tradition of reading series out of order I mean, it was fine when I did that with the Xuya series, and I also believe that while sequels don t have to stand on their own, spin offs absolutely should, so why not try and read something when there are five books of worldbuilding before that one This kind of thing obviously can t go wrong.You don t need to have read the Memoirs of Lady Trent series to understand Turning Darkness Into Light However, I think it could And here I am, continuing my tradition of reading series out of order I mean, it was fine when I did that with the Xuya series, and I also believe that while sequels don t have to stand on their own, spin offs absolutely should, so why not try and read something when there are five books of worldbuilding before that one This kind of thing obviously can t go wrong.You don t need to have read the Memoirs of Lady Trent series to understand Turning Darkness Into Light However, I think it could be muchmeaningful to you if you had, as some of the characters from that series are often mentioned, and as this novel is told entirely through letters, lists, journal entries and translations of ancient tablets This is a really interesting choice, and I loved this somewhat mixed media aspect, but this format isn t really suited to descriptions that don t feel like awkward infodumps, which is probably the reason I still have no idea how a Draconian looks like.This is the story of Audrey Camherst Lady Trent s granddaughter as she translates ancient tablets from a long lost Draconean civilization in a place where anti Draconean sentiment seems to be on the rise, and betrayal could be lurking on every corner It s also the story of the Four who hatched from a single shell yes, this novel has a story within a story, which is an aspect I loved.More than anything, Turning Darkness Into Light is about the importance of narratives, of the stories we choose to tell, and how they shape our understanding of ourselves as much as of the other , and how nothing is ever just a story Writing fiction is, and has always been, inherently political.It also makes some really good points about how bigotry isn t something in which only extremists engage, and the subtle, non violent kind is just as dangerous as the unsubtle, violent one, as the two are tied together One can t exist without the other.The positives end there I don t have much else to say Audrey as a character didn t stand out that much to me, and neither did most characters, Cora being the only exception I appreciated that the portrayal of an antagonistic relationship between a man and a woman that had an undercurrent of attraction but didn t turn into a romance, as an idea, but I didn t really believe it as much as I d hoped The format didn t help with that, as I felt it added a lot of distance between me and the characters.This is a solid novel, if not a really memorable one, and the Memoirs of Lady Trent is one of the series that I m considering and will maybe start this year narrator it was not fine She struggled for half of the first novella she tried narrator keep telling yourself that


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    For those unfamiliar with Brennan s books, she previously authored The Memoirs of Lady Trent Series, a completed five book series Turning Darkness Into Light is a standalone book set in the same world, starring Lady Trent s granddaughter This is your warning that if you haven t completed the Lady Trent series, there are massive spoilers for the series in this book, so please read the full series first I binged the entire Lady Trent series on audiobook earlier this summer, so despite my absol For those unfamiliar with Brennan s books, she previously authored The Memoirs of Lady Trent Series, a completed five book series Turning Darkness Into Light is a standalone book set in the same world, starring Lady Trent s granddaughter This is your warning that if you haven t completed the Lady Trent series, there are massive spoilers for the series in this book, so please read the full series first I binged the entire Lady Trent series on audiobook earlier this summer, so despite my absolutely atrocious book memory, I actually remember the events of that series I feel the need to mention that and a few other things, because they really inform my experience with this book First, as this was an e ARC, it was jarring for me switching formats Kate Redding did a fantastic job narrating the Lady Trent series and I missed hearing her voice in this book Secondly, with Isabella MC from the series fresh in my memory, it was a little hard for me to separate my love for her from this reading experience I cravedof Isabella and she is in the book, but she s not the focus, and it took some time for me to accept that.With that out of the way, let s talk about TDIL Audrey was an interesting character that felt very true to her age and place in the world She has the burden of famous relatives that she feels the need to live up to but she s very much her own person as well, with her own interests and desires Brennan is excellent at writing distinct, fascinating, smart, and imperfect characters, and Audrey fits all of those descriptions.There were so many things to love about the characters Audrey and the others as well as the story and yet it was really, really hard for me to get into this book I believe this would be considered an epistolary novel And while the Lady Trent books are written as a a memoir, they were still almost entirely Isabella s thoughts and words, if I recall correctly TDIL, on the other hand, is a mix of Audrey s diary entries, letters back and forth between her and her sister, diary entries from other characters, letters by other characters to off screen characters, news articles, etc There were some new interesting things that came up because of this format the footnote banter on the translation was fun to read BUT there is a LOT going on with the format and it was confusing to track at times.In addition, where Isabella was always off on an adventure, Audrey is sitting in a room for most of the book, translating tablets Let me put it in HP house terms Isabella s story was Ravenclaw x Gryffindor, but Audrey is pretty much entirely Ravenclaw It was a little too much Ravenclaw for me Sure, she does get out of the house and do a few headstrong type things, but she s still not out in the field studying dragons I neededadventure,action,things happening I know it s not quite fair to compare it to Lady Trent which I keep doing , because this is an entirely separate story, but again, having read them so close together, it was virtually impossible for me to avoid comparisons.Weirdly, though, my love for the Lady Trent series is also what carried me through the first part of TDIL I honestly might have DNF d it by halfway through if I didn t love Brennan s storytelling from Lady Trent so much and trust her to deliver.Thankfully, I stuck with the book and then it got good It got really, really good I won t spoil anything, but Brennan s brilliance with nuanced characters, plot twists, and interesting character arcs really shone through By the end I was smiling so hard I love where the story went, love how Audrey grew and handled everything, love so so much about the ending And the last part of the book made me really appreciate the building blocks sprinkled in earlier in the story.So here are my main takeaways for you 1 Read The Memoirs of Lady Trent first 2 Audrey is not Isabella and that s okay, because she s interesting in her own right.3 Keep in mind that the formatting is very different from the Lady Trent series 3 If you re not feeling the beginning, it s worth sticking with the story Hopefully the ending will deliver for you, the way it did for me.Looking forward to the next thing Brennan writes ARC provided by Tor Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own


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    I received a copy of this one from the published in exchange for a review This book is a standalone story set in the same world as the Lady Trent series but I was assured I could read this book without having read the Lady Trent books and that is what I did I think people who have read the previous series will be at a bit of an advantage and, after having read some other reviews, apparently there are some spoilers in this book for the other series but I don t mind that and I really enjoyed thi I received a copy of this one from the published in exchange for a review This book is a standalone story set in the same world as the Lady Trent series but I was assured I could read this book without having read the Lady Trent books and that is what I did I think people who have read the previous series will be at a bit of an advantage and, after having read some other reviews, apparently there are some spoilers in this book for the other series but I don t mind that and I really enjoyed this one I often see Marie Brennan s books described as a fantasy of manners and I love that term I think it describes this book perfectly I loved the writing style, it s quaint, not action packed but there s still enough happening to keep you interested throughout I also loved the way this story was structured using diary entries and letters I enjoyed piecing the story together in this way As I said, I think readers of the Lady Trent series will be at a bit of an advantage when reading this as they will have asolid understanding of the world and the cultures These weren t really explored in detail in this book as, I assume, the author thinks you will already have this information from her previous books however, this didn t hinder my enjoyment of the story whatsoever I loved Audrey as a character too She was vivacious and passionate about both her life and her work but she still had some recklessness in her Enough to make her fun to read about but not so much that you spent the time rolling your eyes at her actions I liked how she challenged ideals in this world by becoming a scholar and not joining society and finding a husband etc and I also really loved that this isn t constantly looked down upon as it is in some books I loved reading her diary entries as she had a witty nature and her narrative kept the story driving forwards I wish I knew a little bitabout the Draconeans though but I do plan to rectify this by reading the Lady Trent series hopefully very soon Overall I thought this was a really fun and enjoyable read with some really great characters I definitely believe this can be read as a standalone story and be enjoyed as such however, if you are the type of person who likes to know all of the details about the setting and cultures then I would probably pick up Marie Brennan s previous series first


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    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was heartbreaking for me when the original Memoirs of Lady Trent series, even knowing all good things must come to an end And so, when I found out that Marie Brennan would be returning to the world with Turning Darkness into Light, to say I was thrilled is an understatement And that s not all I was evenexcited when I learned that the new book would follow Audrey Camherst, the granddaughter of Isabella the Lady 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was heartbreaking for me when the original Memoirs of Lady Trent series, even knowing all good things must come to an end And so, when I found out that Marie Brennan would be returning to the world with Turning Darkness into Light, to say I was thrilled is an understatement And that s not all I was evenexcited when I learned that the new book would follow Audrey Camherst, the granddaughter of Isabella the Lady Trent, who has followed in the footsteps of her famous grandmother into the field of Draconean studies.However, presented in a series of letters, journal entries, articles, and study notes, the novel offers quite a change from Memoirs of Lady Trent beyond just the change in protagonist Also, while Turning Darkness into Light is a standalone and can be read without any prerequisites, be aware that this book contains MASSIVE spoilers for the previous series You have been warned The story opens as Lord Gleinheigh, an avid collector of antiquities but a third rate scholar, capitulates to demands for a suitable translator to decipher his collection of ancient clay tablets believed to hold the secrets of the Draconean civilization Naturally, given her distinguished academic family as well as her own achievements in linguistics, Audrey Camhurst was one of the first names to come to mind Her appointment would also have the added benefit of not being a threat to the insufferable and blustering Lord Gleinheigh, who won t trust any of his male peers But as it turns out, Gleinheigh is evenparanoid and protective of his treasures than anyone thought, sending his niece Cora to spy and report on Audrey s findings, under the pretense of being her assistant.Meanwhile, believing that no translation would be proper or complete without the presence of an actual Draconean on the team, Audrey recruits her friend Kudshayn, a fellow archaeologist to help her with the project Together, they begin to painstakingly piece together the story of the ancient tablets, revealing a breathtaking creation myth about the four dragon siblings who hatched from a single egg But even as their work is taking place, a conspiracy is brewing behind the scenes, unknown to our protagonists With anti Draconean sentiment is still rampant in the society, there are certain factions who don t wish for Audrey and her team to succeed, and they are willing to go to great lengths to sabotage their work.Let me first say I was very impressed with the way Brennan was able to convey so much information in epistolary format, to say nothing of the incredible story she was able to tell She has managed to expand upon the world of Memoirs of Lady Trent and , and it s safe to say fans of the series who wantedabout the mysterious Draconean civilization will be very happy with this novel For me, one of the main highlights was the as the draconic mythology, as well as the character of Kudshayn who provided readers with so much new insight into his people s history, culture, and way of life right down to the unique ways Draconeans communicate It is no wonder they are so misunderstood in the society, leading to clashes in public opinion.If I have one criticism though, it would be the limitations of the novel s structure That said, I know how tough it is to write an epistolary novel As much as I loved what Brennan has done here, because so much of the story is conveyed in the form of letters, I missed the immediacy of the narrative Granted, this is considered a fantasy of manners, so to be sure there is an air of formality to the prose This did make Audrey s voice sound a little stiff compared to the Memoirs of Lady Trent in which Isabella s attitude was that of an accomplished old woman who was beyond giving a fig what readers thought of her any and made it a little harder to connect with the characters.Still, I have to say I really enjoyed Turning Darkness into Light Like the previous series, I believe it will appeal greatly to readers who love science and the simple pleasures of discovery and learning It was a joy to follow the story, especially at the beginning, when my attention was fully captivated by the mystery of the tablets and wondering what ancient secrets they might reveal.All in all, Marie Brennan has written another winner, building upon the brilliance of her Lady Trent series Once , she has changed the way we think about dragons with her unique perspective on these fantastical creatures, greatly expanding on her world building, making this fan very happy


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    At the halfway point of this book I was thinking that it was fine, and very enjoyable, but slight I still think it s slight, but in a really powerful, interesting way it s a book about how three people working in a library for six months, and their evolving friendships, can have as much impact on history and society and power as any manner ofexciting goings on It s particularly interesting when viewed against the other books in the series which are muchtraditional adventure storie At the halfway point of this book I was thinking that it was fine, and very enjoyable, but slight I still think it s slight, but in a really powerful, interesting way it s a book about how three people working in a library for six months, and their evolving friendships, can have as much impact on history and society and power as any manner ofexciting goings on It s particularly interesting when viewed against the other books in the series which are muchtraditional adventure stories I liked so much about this the worldbuilding, the characters, the style but ultimately I really appreciated what it was trying to say, amidst the not insignificant charm


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    2.5 3 stars.Do you like dragons, mystery and ancient antiquities with a bit of an Indiana Jones feeling If the answer is yes then TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT might be the book for you It is marketed as a standalone fantasy and it can standalone, however I do believe that readers of Marie Brennan s Lady Trent series will have a great advantage when reading this.This book has a feminist tone all the way through and the main protagonist, Audrey is commissioned to study and translate some rare t 2.5 3 stars.Do you like dragons, mystery and ancient antiquities with a bit of an Indiana Jones feeling If the answer is yes then TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT might be the book for you It is marketed as a standalone fantasy and it can standalone, however I do believe that readers of Marie Brennan s Lady Trent series will have a great advantage when reading this.This book has a feminist tone all the way through and the main protagonist, Audrey is commissioned to study and translate some rare tablets recently found Audrey is a young but accomplished academic type, from a family of similar types Audrey was likeable, she took risks and she knew that she needed help That help came in the shape of Kudshayn, another archeologist.With Kudshayn, my confusion about the world only grew and I have to say I struggled with being in the dark through most of the book There is little world building and assumptions are made that the reader can just go with what s happening and accept the odd, vague reveal about the world and species existing The Draconean species and culture was not explained adequately and I do believe that to standalone,world building was needed.The book is told in a variety of styles, the contemporary, many letters and some newspaper articles I enjoyed the variety of storytelling styles Audrey s POV is occasionally interspersed by Kudshayn and another POV The story builds and builds around this translation of tablets to a great crescendo, involving a variety of characters and criminal activity.This was an interesting but sometimes frustrating read for me I loved the cover, the idea of the story and Marie Brennan s writing was enjoyable in the main I would consider going back and reading the Lady Trent series.Thank you to Titan Books for the review copy.This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog here


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    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan is a fun historical fantasy featuring dragons It s part of the Lady Trent universe, but you don t need to be familiar with that series to understand this novel I haven t read that series yet and I m looking forward to it, but I m sure I would have gotten muchenjoyment out of this if I was already familiar with that series I have to admit that I did feel out of the loop from tim I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan is a fun historical fantasy featuring dragons It s part of the Lady Trent universe, but you don t need to be familiar with that series to understand this novel I haven t read that series yet and I m looking forward to it, but I m sure I would have gotten muchenjoyment out of this if I was already familiar with that series I have to admit that I did feel out of the loop from time to time Otherwise I particularly enjoyed the mixed media epistolary format of the novel Unfortunately I wasn t very interested one way or another in the cast of characters Perhaps if I werefamiliar with the author s style and the previous novels set in this world I m definitely going to have to tryfrom Brennan in the future


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    When Audrey Camherst is offered a chance to translate a unique cache of Draconean literature, she leaps at the opportunity But a political storm is brewing Her work may shatter her dreams and destroy her grandmother s legacy This was pure joy from start to finish The characters are a delight, the political plot is thrilling, there s plenty of ill advised but highly entertaining Camherst escapades along the way and Marie Brennan gets to go to town with her myth making and political commentary When Audrey Camherst is offered a chance to translate a unique cache of Draconean literature, she leaps at the opportunity But a political storm is brewing Her work may shatter her dreams and destroy her grandmother s legacy This was pure joy from start to finish The characters are a delight, the political plot is thrilling, there s plenty of ill advised but highly entertaining Camherst escapades along the way and Marie Brennan gets to go to town with her myth making and political commentary I got pretty much all my favourite things in one book complete with footnotes.4.5 starsFull review I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewTurning Darkness Into Light is set a couple of decades after Within the Sanctuary of Wings, and as such contains spoilers for the Memoirs of Lady Trent While this novel theoretically stands alone, you ll get farout of it and out of the Memoirs by reading them in chronological order


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Turning Darkness Into Light 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 StudyWhen 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 It S Too LateTURNING 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