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Author Interview: Marie Brennan

Today I am interviewing Marie Brennan, author of the new fantasy novel, Within the Sanctuary of Wings, the fifth and final book of The Memoirs of Lady Trent series.

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DJ: Hey Marie! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with the series, what is Within the Sanctuary of Wings and then the Memoirs of Lady Trent about?

Marie Brennan: The series as a whole is about a lady adventurer and dragon naturalist in a setting based on our own world in the nineteenth century. Each book describes a particular expedition she went on to study dragons in different regions, eventually building up to an explanation for why she’s one of the most famous people in the world. The foreword to the very first book mentioned a great discovery; this is the book where that discovery happens!

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Memoirs of Lady Trent?

Marie: I’d read a fair bit about the Victorian period for With Fate Conspire, the final book of my previous series (the Onyx Court), so I very much had that in mind. In particular, there’s a tremendous number of fascinating women intellectuals and adventurers who fed into my conception of Lady Trent — Mary Kingsley, Freya Stark, Gertrude Bell, Isabella Bird, and more. I suspect some of Elizabeth Peters’ heroine Amelia Peabody crept in there, too, though I haven’t read any of those books in years.

DJ: Lady Trent is easily one of my all-time favorite female protagonists! Could you briefly tell us a little about her and your other main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?

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Author Interview: Marie Brennan


Today I am interviewing Marie Brenna author of the new fantasy novella, Cold-Forged Flame.

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DJ: Hey Marie! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Marie Brennan: I’ve been a professional novelist for a little over ten years, writing full-time for eight of those. It’s almost all fantasy, though a couple of things veer over toward science fiction or horror. Other than that, I’m a thorough-going RPG nerd, a black belt in karate, an amateur photographer . . . I keep busy in a variety of ways.

DJ: What is Cold-Forged Flame about?

Marie: You know how some stories lend themselves to an “elevator pitch,” a single-sentence summary of what they’re about?

This isn’t one of those stories.

Or rather, the elevator pitch makes it sound terrible. “A pessimistic amnesiac is sent on a quest she doesn’t understand across an uninhabited island!” The real story is about what’s going on inside that character’s head. She’s been magically bound to do as she’s told — or at least try to — and remembering nothing makes it more difficult for her to succeed at her task . . . but she’s also been warned that the more she remembers, the more she might lose. The tension between those two impulses, memory and ignorance, is the engine at the heart of the story. Continue reading

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Top 9 Published Books in 2015!

Throughout the month of January (more like February now, I guess), I will posting various “best of” lists, ranging from the best books I read that were published in 2015, to my top 5 and 4 stars reads of 2015, to the best short fiction of 2015, and to my favorite foodie quotes!

Today, I am happy to announce my…

Top 9 Published Books in 2015!

9. Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan


About the Book:

Devoted 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 personal.

Science 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.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Why You Should Read It: If you’re looking for a series with a strong female protagonist – look no further! This series is for you! Plus, DRAGONS.

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Book Review: Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan

Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan

Publisher: Tor

Publication Date: March 31, 2015 (first published March 1, 2015)

Edition: Hardcover, 352 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.5/5

I want to ride a dragon-turtle!
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Book Collecting: Update #8


This month my books came from a few different sources. I won a couple giveaways, actually went out and bought a new release, and of course, hit up my local book outlet sore.
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