Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Book 3)
By Marie Brennan
“Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Lady Trent embarks on her most ambitious expedition voyage yet: a two-year trip around the world aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, to study all manner of dragons. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilisation to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is her young son and 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.”
If you saw/read Book Haul (March 2016) then you would know that I had Voyage of the Basilisk ready for when I finished The Tropic of Serpents. I started it straight away, it took me a little bit longer to read it, as I decided to write down what happened during the book and I had quite a bit going on, I am onto another book now, so this should have been up sooner and it has not taken me 10 days to read it!
In Voyage of the Basilisk six years have passed since we left Isabella Camherst, and she had decided to go on a round the world trip, which ends up going round the top of the continent of Anthiope, to the continents of Otholé and Dajin and the Broken Sea between the two. She is travelling with Tom Wilker, her son Jake and his governess Abby Carew, Natalie Oscott is staying at home to look after the house and the Flying University that has been created in the past six years. They see sea serpents, axohuilli, tê lêng, komodo dragons and fire lizards during their travels, while having to do work for the people who have helped pay for their passage. Voyage of the Basilisk is the third in ‘A Memoir of Lady Trent’ series, you do not need to have read the previous two volumes, but you may find it helpful.
My favourite part of the book would have to be…………………..all of it. I cannot pick out a single bit that is my favourite, there are so many parts to it, and so many of them are so different it is incredible, just like a round the world voyage. I wrote an A4 page of bullet points of what happened during the book so that I would not forget what had happened at the beginning, there is so much crammed into one book! That kept me moving through the book at quite a fast pace when I could, also I laughed, was shocked, tense and scared in all the right places. Every type of scene was spot on, whether action or slow paced, on the sea or on land.
I think Isabella is still my favourite character, but Tom Wilker is now a close second, he has developed so much since A Natural History of Dragons. Suhail, who is a new character, is interesting and I like the relationship issues that are thrown up because of his appearance in Voyage of the Basilisk, I hope that he is seen again in further books. Aekinitos, the captain of Basilisk, is a very interesting character, he makes me think of sailors that would have been around 100 or so years ago (and those kind of sailors that are portrayed in films like Pirates of the Caribbean). All the sailors and the inhabitants of the different places Isabella visits are extremely realistic, and obviously take on characteristics of different cultures from around the world.
Voyage of the Basilisk kept me guessing, I had no idea what was going happen next, but I am quite glad I wrote down what happened during the book as it took me a while to get through it, if I had read it in a couple of days I think it would have been okay, but a lot happens in 365 pages!
Voyage of the Basilisk does end on a cliff-hanger, this is because Lady Trent will continue her story with book four (In the Labyrinth of Drakes).
I thought that Voyage of the Basilisk was amazing, the first half explored so much, and then the second half went deeper. A fantastic continuation and I cannot wait until In the Labyrinth of Drakes is released on April 4th. I cannot find any fault with it and would recommend it to anyone. 5 out of 5.