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Turning Darkness Into Light

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  35 reviews
"Overwhelmingly fun."--io9 on The Tropic of Serpents

As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs) Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study.

When Lord Gleinheigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the sec
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Titan Books
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
OMG!!! A future generation continuation to the Memoirs of Lady Trent??!! ::sobs:: I'm so excited! :D
And here I am, continuing my tradition of reading series out of order. I mean, it was fine when I did that with the Xuya series, and I also believe that while sequels don't have to stand on their own, spin-offs absolutely should, so why not try and read something when there are five books of worldbuilding before that one? This kind of thing obviously can't go wrong².

You don't need to have read the Memoirs of Lady Trent series to understand Turning Darkness Into Light. However, I think it could b
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ravenclaws, anyone who loved Brennan's lady trent series
For those unfamiliar with Brennan's books, she previously authored The Memoirs of Lady Trent Series, a completed five book series. Turning Darkness Into Light is a standalone book set in the same world, starring Lady Trent's granddaughter. (This is your warning that if you haven't completed the Lady Trent series, there are massive spoilers for the series in this book, so please read the full series first!)

I binged the entire Lady Trent series on audiobook earlier this summer, so despite my absol
Bookphenomena (Micky)
2.5 - 3 stars.

Do you like dragons, mystery and ancient antiquities with a bit of an Indiana Jones feeling? If the answer is yes then TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT might be the book for you. It is marketed as a standalone fantasy and it can standalone, however I do believe that readers of Marie Brennan’s Lady Trent series will have a great advantage when reading this.

This book has a feminist tone all the way through and the main protagonist, Audrey is commissioned to study and translate some rare t
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just wonderful. Coherent review to follow!
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan is a fun historical fantasy featuring dragons. It's part of the Lady Trent universe, but you don't need to be familiar with that series to understand this novel. I haven't read that series yet and I'm looking forward to it, but I'm sure I would have gotten much more enjoyment out of this if I was already familiar with that series. I have to admit that I did feel out of the loop from tim
Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
“There has been no such thing for my people within living memory, or even the middle past. We have been few in number, single in society. My own kindred find me strange when I visit the Sanctuary, because my behaviour has been shaped by my time outside of it; this, as much as my physical difficulties, is the sacrifice my mother made on my behalf when she chose to lay her clutch beyond the Sanctuary’s walls."

Marie Brennan is back once more in the world of Lady Trent with her newest novel, Turning
Rachel Bridgeman
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2019
My thanks to the team at Titan Books for my gifted paperback review copy which arrived along with dragon egg chocolates!! Best book post EVER! 'Turning Darkness Into Light' will be published in paperback on the 20th August 2019.

This is a great introductory novel to Marie's alternate fantasy universe-it acts a bridge, a stand alone set in the same universe but centering Lady Trent's granddaughter, Audrey. Through her, the reader gains an understanding of their world, the divisions, the politics a
Karyn Silverman
Loved it. I would read the Draconean tax records, frankly, if Brennan wrote them out, but this was much more enjoyable. A little more smoothly paced than the Lady Trent books (which tend to slingshot from travelogue to peril very fast), and I like Audrey Camherst a lot. She’s a scholar and clearly not a society girl, she’s good-hearted and smart but also good hearted enough to miss some clues, so that the reader has the fun of figuring things out just slightly ahead of the characters. The transl ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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*I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

I’m not really sure what I was expecting with this one and even after reading it, I’m still not sure what to make of it. This is a difficult one to review, because a lot of it didn’t make complete sense to me and I don’t think that those things benefited the story anyway, but then there were other things that I did like. I feel like books like this can m
Aug 30, 2018 marked it as get-on-my-shelf-already  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released-2019
I STILL haven't read the last Lady Trent book because I don't want the series to be over and now we're getting this *sobs*

I've only read one and a bit of the Lady Trent series, having bounced off the uneven pacing of the second book. But I knew the author to be very skilled, not only from reading some of her work but from interacting with her on a writers' forum we both belong to, so when I saw that this one had a new character in the same setting (a couple of generations later), and a premise that sounded promising in terms of a compelling story with strong stakes and sustained tension, I requested it from Netgall ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting with bated (albeit not baited) breath for the latter installments of the Lady Trent series to come in at my local bookstore, so I must admit at the outset that I am not yet fully "read in" on the series which is essentially the backstory to this new addition to the Lady Trent universe. Is it a direct sequel? I can't really ... tell you ... given that I don't know what I've missed. But for those wondering if they need to read all five books of Lady Trent's memoirs in order to ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It was heartbreaking for me when the original Memoirs of Lady Trent series, even knowing all good things must come to an end. And so, when I found out that Marie Brennan would be returning to the world with Turning Darkness into Light, to say I was thrilled is an understatement. And that’s not all; I was even more excited when I learned that the new book would follow Audrey Camherst, the granddaughter of Isabella the Lady
Tsana Dolichva
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan is a standalone book set in the world of The Memoirs of Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons and sequels). Rather than taking a naturalist view of dragons, like the earlier books, this one focusses on a significant translation of the Draconian language. I said it stands alone, but it does rather contain a spoiler for Within the Sanctuary of Wings, the fifth and final of the Memoirs of Lady Trent. So beware if you haven't read that book and want to ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of Turning Darkness Into Light through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Turning Darkness Into Light is the latest novel from Marie Brennan, and it’s set in the world of her other novel, Memoirs of Lady Trent. That being said, you honestly don’t have to have read the other one first in order to understand what is happening. I didn’t and was fine. Though I’m sure I missed out on plenty of references that fans would have loved.
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Bob (Beloved of Dee)
While I do wonder whether this might have more appeal for fans of A Natural History of Dragons, the cover blurb did advertise it as a “perfect stepping stone,” so I feel entirely comfortable reading it as a newcomer to Marie Brennan’s word.

I’ll be honest, I was lost a bit at first. And then I was okay for a while. And then . . . well, I was confused and curious at the same time. There’s a whole history and mythology behind these books, which basically boils down to this – once upon a time there
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I was initially totally drawn into by the cover of this book, I’m usually trash for anything with dragons and the 4 dragons hatching from the single egg is amazing, beautifully illustrated and totally on point with the story. Whilst this is a standalone in the Lady Trent universe, I have to be honest and say I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more if it had read the books that had come before. Having that already established understanding of the world and those that inhabit it would have be ...more
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Although I appreciated the amount of knowledge, good writing, and passion that must have gone into this book (and its world building/other novels), I often found myself either bored or disinterested. The conceit of solely using letters/notes/communiques is not new to me and I've read and enjoyed other books that have used similar story telling techniques. But all the same, the very dense science stuff isn't really intere
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A standalone sequel to the MEMOIRS OF LADY TRENT quintet, TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT is reliant on its predecessors to, if not make sense---I think there's enough info for even a newbie to understand the gist of what's going on, if not necessarily care about it too deeply---then to give the reader some reason to read on. The first half was oddly dry, and though the story picked up in the second half, I didn't think it did so well enough to bump
Em (Diversify Your Shelf)
*I chose this on Net Galley*

This book did what good fantasy is supposed to do: tell a story that is bigger than just the text itself. There are so many interlacing subplots and ideas within this book including: racism, sexism, friendship, prejudice, 'othering' groups you do not know well, plagiarism, colonisation, and the effects of isolationism. It did all this without seeming preachy or taking over the entire plot. The main character (Audrey) is a black biracial woman and the story navigates t
Yakira Goldsberry
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turning Darkness Into Light is written in a unique way, as journal entries, letters, and ancient texts, all woven together to tell the story of Audrey Camherst and her quest to translate a set of tablets that very well may change the world’s view of Draconeans, a humanoid-like dragon people.
Despite my aversion to reading anything similar to diaries, Turning Darkness Into Light held my interest all the way through. The quest to translate newly-discovered tablets of ancient lore piqued my curiosit
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's delightful to be back with the Camhersts again. I missed them. I love the Lady Trent series, because adventurous lady naturalist + dragons is delightful. So getting to meet her granddaughters, with their interests, and see how the world has evolved after Lady Trent's discoveries have had a chance to sink in, was great fun.

It was a gripping read, if nothing else because I could kind of see the awful plot twist coming and had to speed-read to get to it and get past it to get to the happier re
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Let me just start off this review but saying I love dragons. I think dragons and Daine and Tamora Pierce ignited my love for fantasy. Sure there was also Garth Nix and necromancy, but dragons made me fall head over heels in love with fantasy. That being said, Turning Darkness Into Light not only features dragon humanoid characters, but combines my love of mixed media books and arc
MAB  LongBeach
A follow-up to Brennan's Lady Trent series. Isabella's granddaughter, Audrey Canmore, is engaged to translate a number of Draconean tablets found by a dilettante lord. They prove to be an epic, the mythologized tale of the origins of the Draconean people. As such, they prove to be a challenge to the Draconeans' view of themselves, and they may also sway the upcoming vote on the fate of the living Draconeans and their land. Interspered by the translated epic, there are wheels within wheels, plots ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, fantasy
It's the first book I read from this author and won't surely be the last.
It's gripping and entertaining, well written and fascinating.
Even if it's sometimes hard to follow due to how the book is organised, I was fascinated by the world building and the character development.
I loved the style of writing and I loved the character development.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I missed a few books in this series, but was able to catch back up easily. Really thorough world building and anthropological detail. Smart, driven protagonist, with a diverse range of other characters. Manages the fantasy, historical, and thematic elements quite deftly, but a little more philosophy than I prefer.
Jerold Farver
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've missed a book or two in this series, but this book is set later in the history and is quite readable without the immediate predecessors. I am quite fond of books that have themes that provide a moral without being "preachy."
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, fantasy, arc
ARC provided by Edelweiss.

This was a wonderful addition/continuation of the Lady Trent series. I especially enjoyed the translations of the tablets. The twist was somewhat predictable, but not enough that it lessened my enjoyment. I look forward to more adventures with these characters.
Leslie Pinson
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
While it is a good story with interesting characters and clear world development I found the format of telling the story within the confines of individuals journals and letters a little hard to follow. It seems very broken up.
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