Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #5)” as Want to Read:
Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Within the Sanctuary of Wings

(The Memoirs of Lady Trent #5)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  4,142 ratings  ·  631 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, 333 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Tor Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Within the Sanctuary of Wings, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
George An apparently unauthorized reproduction of the text--which has the effrontery to include the copyright notice--at…moreAn apparently unauthorized reproduction of the text--which has the effrontery to include the copyright notice--at includes the maps from the hardcover. If the audiobook people were bright enough to include a supplement, this sort of jiggery-pokery would be unnecessary.(less)
This question contains spoilers... (view spoiler)
Janell She has! Turning Darkness Into Light, featuring Lady Trent's granddaughter, was just released (2019).…moreShe has! Turning Darkness Into Light, featuring Lady Trent's granddaughter, was just released (2019).(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.40  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,142 ratings  ·  631 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Within the Sanctuary of Wings (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #5)
Miranda Reads
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook

"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 with Suhail and back on the trails with Tom, Lady Trent is ready to make waves and discover some amazing dragonish things.

But when a freak accident lea
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.
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 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
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. ...more
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
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
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
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)
Read This Review & More Like It @ Ageless Pages Reviews!

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
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!
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
* * * * *
5 / 5

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
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favourite light-hearted swashbuckling-adventure series. It's just so *fun*. Wonderful conclusion. I'm sorry to say goodbye to Isabella, but I can't wait to see her granddaughter in the next one :) ...more
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
J.A. Ironside
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What more can Lady Trent possibly have to discover on the matter of dragons? You may well ask and the answer is a far bigger one than you probably expect. No spoilers but this was a very satisfying conclusion to the series. In her late thirties now, Isabella takes an exploratory trip with her husband over what seems to be fantasy Tibet. They are about to discover a hell of a lot more than any one bargained for and the cost will be high. This series has been brilliant. A refreshing take on fantas ...more
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites
A fantastic finale of one of my favourite series! Isabella's struggle to get the recognition as a scientist she deserves, the tensions between the different nations she travels between, the dragons and the legends of the Draconeans, everything comes together. I loved it! ...more
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: grownup, fantasy, 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. ...more
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
Fantasy Literature
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Bill and Jana.

Plotting and pace have always been the sticking points for me in the MEMOIRS OF LADY TRENT series by Marie Brennan, the reasons why the individual books have never climbed above a four-star rating for me and have at times dipped to three and a half. But what has never flagged for me has been my appreciation of that wonderful narrative voice, that of Lady Trent herself. Voice is the reason I kept reading these novels, and voice is what has finally led me here to the fif
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Soulstar (The Kingston Cycle, #3)
  • Drowned Country (The Greenhollow Duology, #2)
  • When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain (The Singing Hills Cycle, #2)
  • A Deadly Education (The Scholomance, #1)
  • Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (Dead Djinn, #0.7)
  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle, #1)
  • A Dead Djinn in Cairo (Dead Djinn, #0.5)
  • Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)
  • Paladin's Strength (The Saint of Steel, #2)
  • Crucible of Gold (Temeraire, #7)
  • Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)
  • Fireheart Tiger
  • A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan, #2)
  • How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge
  • The Mask of Mirrors (Rook & Rose, #1)
  • The Wonder Engine (Clocktaur War #2)
See similar books…
Marie Brennan a.k.a. M.A. Carrick

Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. As half of M.A. Carrick, she is also the author of The Mask of Mirrors, first in the Rook and Rose

Other books in the series

The Memoirs of Lady Trent (6 books)
  • A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #1)
  • The Tropic of Serpents (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #2)
  • The Voyage of the Basilisk (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #3)
  • In the Labyrinth of Drakes (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #4)
  • Turning Darkness Into Light (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #6)

Related Articles

If you love the fantasy genre, this is the season for you! Some of the biggest books out this fall promise to be epics full of magic, adventure,...
196 likes · 50 comments
“some of whom did not know declensions from décolletage. It” 0 likes
More quotes…