Within the Sanctuary of Wings: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Book 5)
by Marie Brennan
“After nearly five decades – and, indeed, the same number of volumes – one might think they were well acquainted with Isabella, Lady Trent, dragon naturalist and scandalous explorer…
Lady Trent is perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries and additions to the scientific field. And yet, from her initial adventures in the mountains of Vystrana to her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga to the high seas aboard the Basilisk and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia, the Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds.
This concluding volume will finally reveal the truth behind her most notorious adventure-braving the highest mountains in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland’s enemies – and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.”
After reading the Memoirs of Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons, The Tropic of Serpents, Voyage of the Basilisk and In the Labyrinth of Drakes) I knew I had to see out the series. You definitely need to have read the rest of the series, there are mentions of what has happened before but you are kind of expected to have read them and it is like a gentle reminder about certains situations in previous encounters.
A few years after the events of In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Suhail is giving a lecture about what is happening with the decoding of the draconic language, when a Yelangese gentleman appears to tell Isabella about a dragon carcass he found.
Wow, this is such an incredible book, what a way to end the series! I really do not want to go into too much detail, but I loved meeting the girls and everything wrapping up.
My favourite characters are Isabella, Suhail, Ruzt, Kahhe and Zam. I have loved Isabella from the beginning, and it was lovely to see more of Suhail and Isabella’s relationship. I also loved meeting Ruzt, Kahhe and Zam and the others (eventually).
My favourite part has to be all of it, I cannot pick out one bit I preferred over the rest. I went through a jumble of emotions and was on a rollercoaster to the end, thinking that everything was sorted and then something else happened. I love the illustrations within the book
Within the Sanctuary of Wings ends quite nicely with an epilogue. As it is written by Lady Trent, she wraps up her story, but you know that a lot of other things have happened since what is contained within the book.
While reading this book, I described it as a female dragon naturalist finding the biggest discovery of her career. I would recommend it to teenagers and adults. 5 out of 5.