Turning Darkness Into Light

Turning Darkness Into Light

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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 idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archeologist Kudshayn, Audrey must find proof of the conspiracy before it's too late."--Publisher description.
Publisher: 2019/08/20
New York : Tor, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765377616
0765377616
Call Number: BRENN
SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY
Characteristics: 413 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Dragons -- Fiction.
Conspiracies -- Fiction.
Women archaeologists -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Est. publishing date: 2019/08/20

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Jan 16, 2021

Loved this sequel to the Lady Trent books! This one takes place 30 years afterwards and features her granddaughter, Audrey Camherst.

It was so good to be back in this world and I need more! I don't know when I've been so interested in a fictional world's history and philology and archaeology and anthropology and geography and mythology and

Please give me more Audrey.

JCLJuliaV Nov 06, 2020

Fans of Lady Trent will love this continuation of the pursuit of dragon knowledge. Audrey Camherst is just as brilliant as her grandmother, though with a bit more temper. And as a mixed-race woman in a world of scholarly men, her difficulties in proving her worth are doubled. Audrey is tasked with uncovering the truth of Draconean history through the study of their language and mythology. With the help of her childhood Draconean friend, they must unlock the secrets of the past to ensure a peaceful future.
Cleverly told in a series of journal entries, letters, translated notes, and a police report, Marie Brennan once again takes readers on a masterful journey of discovery. Here there be Dragons!

JCLCharlesH Sep 28, 2020

A markedly different volume to the Lady Trent memoirs, this novel jumps ahead in time to tell the story of Isabella's granddaughter Audrey Camherst. An scholar of the ancient draconic language, she quickly finds herself embedded in a historical mystery with modern implications, and asking herself, "What would grandma do?"

forbesrachel Nov 04, 2019

Isabella Camherst, aka Lady Trent, set her world on fire with her discoveries, not to mention her "scandalous" behaviour within a Victorian style society. Brennan's memoir series were quite unlike anything the Fantasy genre had to offer too. Now she is following up with a new story, a new generation, and a similarly inspired style. Audrey Camherst has a lot to live up to. Her grandparents and parents have all made names for themselves, and she feels especially pressured because she has taken up a scholarly pursuit related to the Draconeans as well...philology. When a tempting, but suspicious offer comes to translate a set of ancient Draconean tablets, she decides to accept. But there is more at stake than an accurate translation. Her, and her Draconean associate Kudshayn find that politics will wrap itself around even the most innocent of pursuits.
Turning Darkness into Light is about how stories we tell influence our understanding of ourselves, whether as individuals, families, or societies. Myths, history, memories, lies, and even expectations shape out future. Stories can be used for both good and bad because the "truth" is subjective; the beliefs of the Calademites, the reason for rival translator Aaron's lies, the legacy that Audrey wants to live up to, are all stories formed around their own version of the truth. Kudshayn most overtly has a crisis of faith when different versions clash.
Brennan deftly ties her other themes through multiple layers as well. The myth, narrative, the journeys of the characters, and the act of uncovering the past all present themselves as walking from darkness into light. That, by confronting our flawed "truths" we inevitably can move towards a better one.
While the previous series was told in a memoir, this one uses the diary of Audrey, letters, newspapers clippings, and even a police report to convey a linear tale, and cleverly set up information. Stylistically the two are slightly different, but Brennan still happily depicts some realities of the scholarly pursuit. As Audrey and Kudshayn translate a dead language, they have to use their understanding of the cultural context, confer on possible meanings (footnotes are a nice touch for this), consult other research, use fragments of other text to fill in holes, struggle with declensions, and in the most frustrating moments, guess or leave it blank.
Turning Darkness into Light is just brilliant. Audrey may not have as active an adventure as her grandmother, but it is no less thrilling or important. She, and Brennan have lived up to their respective legacies.

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