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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 secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no
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Paperback, 421 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Titan Books
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Courtney Stand alone. She did an askreddit thread a few months ago and this question was asked.…moreStand alone. She did an askreddit thread a few months ago and this question was asked. (less)
Liz Busby I think having read the whole series beforehand would be helpful. You could probably catch on to the basic gist of how this world works without it,…moreI think having read the whole series beforehand would be helpful. You could probably catch on to the basic gist of how this world works without it, but many of the countries have be previously visited in the other series and aren't explained here. The main character's background would also make more sense having read the series. Lady Trent herself plays a cameo role at the end. And of course, this book involves massive spoilers for the final volume of the Lady Trent series.

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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5/5 stars] Marie Brennan delivers again! Although the first Memoirs of Lady Trent book garnered mixed emotions from me, the series quickly developed into one of the most personally meaningful ones I’ve ever read. It spoke to me on so many levels, foremost of which was Lady Trent’s passion for understanding dragons. The whole caboodle was summarized beautifully with this quote:
It’s the way we find the things we’re passionate about and then chase them with everything we’ve got.
It’s precisely
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Acqua
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
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Kelsea
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ravenclaws, anyone who loved Brennan's lady trent series
Shelves: reviewed, arc
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
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Gemma
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this one from the published in exchange for a review.

This book is a standalone story set in the same world as the Lady Trent series but I was assured I could read this book without having read the Lady Trent books and that is what I did. I think people who have read the previous series will be at a bit of an advantage and, after having read some other reviews, apparently there are some spoilers in this book for the other series but I don't mind that and I really enjoyed
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/08/22/...

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
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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
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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
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imyril
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Audrey Camherst is offered a chance to translate a unique cache of Draconean literature, she leaps at the opportunity. But a political storm is brewing. Her work may shatter her dreams and destroy her grandmother’s legacy…

This was pure joy from start to finish. The characters are a delight, the political plot is thrilling, there’s plenty of ill-advised but highly entertaining Camherst escapades along the way and Marie Brennan gets to go to town with her myth-making and political
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Runalong
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a delight - a fantasy tale that praises research in archeology and makes you understand the power of myth on culture

Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
Kendra
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a joy and a delight. I love this world and I was VERY happy to revisit it. It has not gotten any less fascinating or beautiful or dangerous. Audrey is amazing, Cora is perfect, and Kudshayn must be protected AT ALL COSTS.
Ten out of ten, would read many many more.

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KJ
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lady Trent novels has been one of my very favorite series of the last few years, so I was eager to dive back into her world via the adventures of her granddaughter, Audrey Camhearst. Audrey has followed in her grandfather's footsteps as a philologist, so when she is asked to translate the archaeological find of the century -- a series of tablets that appear to be an epic of the ancient Draconians -- she jumps at the chance, despite a number of red flags on the situation. The story of what ...more
Hedwig
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS SO GOOD. SO VERY GOOD. I need to read more of this series and very much hope there are more of Audrey's adventures on the way
Brandon St Mark
I absolutely LOVED this book! It was amazing, and such a great continuation of the original series. Audrey was a great character to follow, and I loved her personality (she was reading those bitches to filth!!). Definitely one of the best books I've read in a while.
Heather
This was a joy to read - I understand this is a standalone sequel to Brennan's Lady Trent series and features Lady Trent's granddaughter as the main character who is trying to translate an ancient Draconean text. There are all kinds of mysteries, adventures and intrigues surrounding this task but I was surprised to find I was as interested in the translation (which turns out to be an ancient Draconean creation myth and which Brennan includes in the novel) as I was in the intrigues. Perhaps ...more
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
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Blodeuedd Finland
I would not say it felt like the previous series. That one was about exploring, and it had this other feel to it. This one is even more scholarly as most of it takes place when Audrey is translating clay tablets.

Audrey is Lady Trent's granddaughter (read the books to find out who Trent is.) She wants to prove her worth as her grand parents are famous, her parents are famous and she has not had her turn yet. So she spends month translating.

Helping her she has Kudshayn, a well I will just say
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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 ...more
Rachel Bridgeman
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2019
My thanks to the team atTitan Booksfor 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 and
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Kam Yung Soh
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
An excellent stand-alone follow-up to her "Lady Trent" series, this book involves the grand-daughter of the original Lady Trent and largely depends on information revealed in the original series. As such, it is best to read this only after reading the original series first.

The book is written mainly as a series of entries from the private dairies of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent's grand-daughter), along with written entries from other supporting characters and occasional newspaper snippets. As
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Museofnyxmares
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
*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 make one feel like they’re missing a few brain
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Kevin Potter
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite starting with two strikes against it (not only being written largely in first person, but also in the epistolary form, both of which I typically abhor), this is a wonderful story that makes an excellent successor to the absolutely fantastic Lady Trent series.

Although I was disappointed to find Kate Reading didn't return for this book, both narrators were fantastic. Each has a wide array of voices that were excellently crafted. Both have near perfect control of vocal inflection and their
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Victoria
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I heard there was going to be a new Marie Brennan book I knew that I was going to get it, devour it and probably love it. And sure enough all of those things happened

The style of this took some getting used to, being that it was told in the form of diary entries, letters and notes from all sorts of characters. This had the effect of conveying a lot of information quickly so I always felt I had to keep my wits about me

I loved Audrey. Her desire to step out of her grandmothers shadow
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André
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so good. This whole series is so good.
Christine
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As book 5 of the Memoirs of Lady Trent came to an end, I was thrilled to learn that we would get to follow her granddaughter's adventures. I was even happier when the book wasn't just reading Isabella Camherst part 2. Audrey is her own person with her own story and personality.
Felicia
It was nice, just not as good as the rest of them.
Lyn *NomadicWorlds
Oct 24, 2019 marked it as x-dropped-dnf  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book but the writing was tiresome and the story just didn't seem to go anywhere.
This book wasn't for me but maybe others will like it more.
Rebecca
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Tor, be aware that I love these books, I love this world, and Marie Brennan is fucking great. Please publish more.
Lisa
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t think it was possible for me to love a book more than I did any of the Lady Trent books, but this one may have topped those for me. Frankly, I loved everything about this book–from the style in which it’s written, to the characters, and the hopefulness of the story itself–these are all things that resonated with me as a reader.

Let me start out with the style. The story is revealed through a series of documents left by various characters–everything from letters, journal entries, written
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Louise
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I read A Natural History of Dragons, the first book in Mary Brennan’s The Memoirs of Lady Trent series just a couple of days before I was contacted in regards to reviewing Turning Darkness Into Light.

This book is a stand-alone, set in the same universe, but centred around the granddaughter of the original series’ protagonist.

As a heads up, although this is a stand-alone and you don’t have to have read the original series to follow along, I did find a few places where, although I didn’t need to
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Crini
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*

Update Nov 5, 2018: OMG WE HAVE A COVER AND IT'S THE BEST EVER
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“This edition will also carry a new title. Formerly known as The Draconeia (a name assigned to it by Lord Gleinleigh), it will now be issued under the title Turning Darkness Into Light. It will be available for sale on 13 Nebulis, only one week after the original intended date.” 0 likes
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