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Within the Sanctuary of Wings

(The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  3,444 ratings  ·  545 reviews
The conclusion to the thrilling memoirs of Lady Isabella Trent and her legacy of dragon evolutionary research and anthropological adventures.

After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent--dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of
Hardcover, First Edition, 352 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Tor Books
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It is with a heavy heart that I bid adieu to another one of my favorite series, but I am also glad that at long last I got to see all the ideas come to fruition in this fifth and final novel of Marie Brennan’s wholly unique Memoirs of Lady Trent. After all, Within the Sanctuary of Wings is everything a fan could want in a finale—a book that ends on a high note of hope and happiness while also deftly tying all the overall s
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I admit, my main reaction was "oh, so that's what we've been building up to!"
Now I want to reread the series with the knowledge of where it's going. It's really clever and well done and now I want a BBC miniseries with Maggie Smith playing Lady Trent as the narrator.

Update: reread the series in two weeks. It’s one of those stories that’s even better on reread.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
[4 Stars] Fantastic end to one of my all time favorite fantasy series. I will miss Lady Trent's stories.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2020-shelf
A solid end to a solid series.

Who knew that a lady of *ahem* advancing years should be so handy in the heights of those daunting, deserted mountains!

No spoilers, but there is a somewhat sensationalist and predictable twist in the core of this book. It reminds me fondly of ... just about any big-name adventure book to come out of the late Victorian time period.

But that's a GOOD thing. The spirit that's evoked in these novels is meant to conjure the ghosts of many tweed adventurers. It succeeds
Miranda Reads
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook

Another month, another tierlist! While you probably know where this one ranks, check out the BookTube Video to see the rest.
The Written Review:

"Oh, I am skeptical," I assured him. "But also curious."
Lady Trent, the world's foremost dragon naturalist, is penning another book - one that hints at why she became so world-renowned.

But first, she needs to go on one last adventure.
My heart stuttered in its beat. Perhaps you think it was a foolish reaction
After being reunited wit
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
First, I want to say that I haven't read any of the previous books in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series. However, it has been one that I have been curious about for some time. As a fantasy fan can't I help but find the books in this series very appealing. The covers for the books are fabulous and I found the idea of an alternative world set in the early 20th century with dragons intriguing. Now, since the book didn't have many maps can't I say for sure how similar the world in this series is to o ...more
Austine (NovelKnight)
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't believe the series is over. Though we had a rough start together I grew to love and adore these books and Lady Isabella Trent's stories. I finally got the answers to questions asked throughout the series but at the cost of finishing a riveting tale of a very talented woman.

Much as has been the pattern with these books, it's a bit of a slow start in Within the Sanctuary of Wings but that doesn't last long. I was so excited to set off on this final adventure with Lady Trent and, let me tel
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-own
Perfect ending to a lovely series of books. Questions answered and a new country to explore. I thought the books got better and better and this one made a very satisfying ending...
Lady Trent and her memoirs now hold a very special place in my heart. I'm sure I'll revisit her tale someday.
April Sarah
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
I kind of procrastinated on reading this book, or at least finishing it, because I didn’t want the adventures to be over. This is the concluding volume of Lady Trent’s memoirs, and I already miss her ‘deranged practicality’, her curiosity and drive, and the people around her. Still, it’s a worthy end to her story, concluding her major scientific studies with — well, I’d better be careful not to say too much. The series has been building up to this point, and I wouldn’t want to spoil the moment o ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Within the Sanctuary of Wings is the fifth and final book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series that began with A Natural History of Dragons. I’ve enjoyed this entire series. As I’ve said in my previous reviews, the books are fairly light, with lots of adventure and fun. Although there were slow spots here and there, they held my interest consistently and felt like fast reads.

This final book started off in the same vein as the previous books, but there was a twist around the middle that really suc
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Within the Sanctuary of Wings is the fifth and final novel in Marie Brennan's anthropological fantasy series about a (usually scandalous, never boring) female dragon naturalist. It's Isabella's most daring adventure and biggest discovery yet -- and that's saying something if you know any of the details of Lady Trent's first four books. Even this far into the series, Brennan has creativity and imagination to keep her stories and characters f
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS is the rare, magical beast that manages to be both a fitting series finale as well as a complete and utter surprise. From start to finish this series draws much of it's emotional power from the constraints of its imaginary, historical world. The series finale uses those same constraints, carefully nurtured in the readers' minds, to deliver a surprise that made me gasp out loud.

In the interest of avoiding spoilers, this rev
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not review the end of this series better than Isabella herself does at the end of the book (no spoiler)

"If there is any conclusion to my tale (apart from my death, which I hope is yet a good way off), it is that the heart of it will never truly end. Altough my memories are of course the story of my life and career, they are also a story of discovery: of curiosity, and investigation, and learning, not only regarding dragons but many other topics. I take comfort in knowing that others will
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook

The perfect end to an incredible series! Can’t wait to start the new series set in this world that’s coming out soon!
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Mini Review!

Lady Trent is back at nearly forty years of age to put the final touches on her memoirs (I love the pictures in the back - she looks like Dame Maggie Smith, so distinguished!), chronicling the final discovery as regards the Draconeans. It features most of the prominent characters from the previous books - Tom, Suhail, and her son - plus a new character Thu. It follows in the same vein as the other books in the Lady Trent series: a expedition is planned to find some new
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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I'm so overwhelmed with the amount of information and feelings this last book of the series gave me. I want to talk about stuff that will spoil anyone who has yet to read it, but I'll refrain from doing that and just go ahead and say YES EVERYTHING I WANTED TO HAPPEN HAPPENED AND THIS IS BEAUTIFUL AND GOT ME TEARFUL AND EXCITED ABOUT MY OWN DREAMS WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT EVERY GOOD BOOK SHOULD DO. I normally suffer from post-book depression but this little piece of a marvel is so well accomplished ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fantasy
I feel kind of sad saying goodbye to Lady Trent... I've grown quite fond of her. She was a kick-ass woman who refused to accept the sexism of her time and worked relentlessly to pursue her passion and fight for her rights. By all accounts she's pretty awesome, though she has the kind of luck that you have to wonder if it's maybe a little unrealistic... even for a fantasy series.

This last adventure wasn't the most exciting, but it was certainly the biggest discovery and it had it's moments. It ha
Blodeuedd Finland
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The end.
I am sad to see this series end but as Isabella herself says in her memoirs, the truly interesting parts has already happened. And I will take her word for it.

In this one she braves the highest mountains in the world in search of new dragons. And...oh I can't say but there are secrets, revelations and things I did not see coming! Exciting stuff.

I like Isabella, she so wants to explore and learn new things and here she feels she needs to get out in the field again. Her husband is trying t
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever been more exited for the conclusion of a series... and sad that it's concluding! I don't ever recommend these books, because I can't think of who else would like them, but man these are right up my nerdy feminist alley!

Update now that I've read it: what a great series! After the final revalations which were, looking back, alluded to so many times before by Lady Trent, I have to read the whole series again. And I'm delighted!

Ultimately this series answers a question I'd n
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars
Within the Sanctuary of Wings is the final book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, and I am sad I've reached the end. While the first two books weren't riveting, I stuck with the series and it was worth it. The final two books were excellent, as was the audiobook narrator.

These were such a different type of fantasy read for me. Almost clinical at times, which makes sense given that they are supposed to be a memoir written by a very practical, scientific woman. But her friendships, ro
Goran Lowie
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Feels like entire series has slowly/indirectly been building up to what happened in this one. Great book!
Dana Stabenow
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A satisfying conclusion to this five-book series set in an alternate Victorian England, with dragons. Recommended.
Stephen Richter
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Memoirs of Lady Trent, in which Marie Brennan has created a Victorian style naturalist who specializes in dragons, is a fun ride. In book five the Lady Trent is giving information of a possible new undiscovered dragon. And the adventure begins. The audio is narrated by the great Kate Reading, so the story flows effortlessly. If this is the end of the series a nice way to wrap it up, but I hope it is not the last. ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, grownup, 2017
2.5 stars. I love the dragon naturalist part of these books. I do. But when that's all there is, it can be rather dry. I missed the human interaction and the story of Isabella herself we got the last book. And I really, really missed Tom in this book.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A great end to a great series though to my mind it wasn't as strong as In the Labyrinth of Drakes but perhaps that was because I read it in print form rather than listening to the audiobook.
Wai Kok
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I forgot when I first embarked on the Memoirs of Lady Trent series but at the time, there were only two books out (so it was probably pre-2015). Today, I closed the cover on the 5th and final book. What I recently discovered was that the series was honoured with a nomination for a Hugo for Best Series in 2018, the 2nd year the award was created. In the award's 1st year, Naomi Novik's 9-book Temeraire series was nominated. Both would lose the award to Lois McMaster Bujold, but that is beside the ...more
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
"Although my memoirs are of course the story of my life and career, they are also a story of discovery: of curiosity, and investigation, and learning, not only regarding dragons but many other topics."

This series ended on a pitch-perfect note, though I am very sad to see it completed at last. The memoirs of Isabella Trent are really unlike any other fantasy book series out there that I know of: a perfect blend of Victorian-inspired fantasy, discovery and dragon naturalism. It is detailed on a le
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