Within the Sanctuary of Wings

Marie Brennan

The long-awaited finale of the Lady Trent memoirs was as wonderfully personal and charming as the previous four novels. Isabella Trent continues to feel like a close friend retelling the adventures that resulted in the successful career she has now. She inspires today’s female scientists, engineers, and mathematicians despite the small fact that she is not actually real. But, Sherlock Holmes is fictional as well and has undoubtedly shaped and inspired readers. Marie Brennan is an incredible author with the ability to build a world, society, and character that is both believable (given it feels like an alternative version of 19th Century England, the world building is not as impressive as the descriptions and character-building).

Marie Brennan is an incredible author with the ability to build a world, society, and character that is both believable (given it feels like an alternative version of 19th Century England, the world building is not as impressive as the descriptions and character-building). The practical-insanity that gets our heroine into and out of trouble is beyond relatable to anyone who has followed his or her curiosity to its inevitable end. The growth in the main character from the start to end of the series (and even in the time covered in a single book) is easy to identify with as struggles, accomplishments, and failures occur throughout her memoir. As with any mentor or inspiring figure, once you hear her story, you admire her more. Real or fictional.

After finishing the series, I began listening to the audiobooks. (Thankfully, my library has Hoopla, and they are available on Hoopla.) The narrator of the audiobooks resulted in me falling in love again with the series. I do love this series and shall read them, listen to them, and share them as often as possible with anyone who will listen to me.

-A Bookish Girl

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