Characters from A Memoir of Lady Trent
Isabella Lady Trent
- Action Survivor: Isabella is far from an Action Girl, but finds herself in many dangerous situations. Book five even has Suhail note her knack for survival.
- All Girls Like Ponies: When forbidden from studying natural history (including dragons) as a teenager, she turns to horses since they're an acceptable pastime for young ladies.
- Brutal Honesty: Isabella has very little in the way of a brain-to-mouth filter, which causes her trouble more than a few times.
- Career Versus Man: Why she avoids marriage after Jacob's death. Eventually fully averted with her marriage to Suhail, in whom she finds a kindred spirit and whose contributions actively help her career.
- Cartwright Curse: She spends most of one book fearing that she's a carrier.
- Lady of Adventure: An intrepid adventurer-scientist in a similar vein to real-life examples such as Gertrude Bell.
- Maternally Challenged: Although Isabella loves her son, she freely admits that parenting isn't her best skill. She more or less leaves young Jake to his nursemaid until he's old enough to carry a conversation, though in the third book she takes him on the eponymous voyage around the world to make up for it.
- Missing Mom: to Jake in one book when she goes adventuring, and it comes back to haunt them briefly during the next book.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Played with in Isabella and her childhood friend Amanda Lewis - Isabella is sometimes dismissive of the more romantic and fashionable Amanda, but Amanda is also supportive of her friend's tomboy scheme to join a hunt.
- Traumatic Haircut: She's mortified when her hair is cut during an illness, although the resulting Boyish Short Hair helps save her later.
- Disappeared Dad: He's gone long before his son is born.
- The Lost Lenore: To Isabella, who never stops mourning him even after she remarries.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Understood and encouraged his wife's love of dragons, and brought her on her first expedition.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He and Isabella didn't get along at first, but eventually become best friends through their mutual love of dragons.
- The Not-Love Interest: Isabella's friend and scientific partner. Since it's in the Victorian era, however, everyone assumes they're sleeping together and slut shames Isabella for it whenever she shows too much affection or goes anywhere unchaperoned with him.
- Penny Among Diamonds: Much is made of him being of, as Isabella states it, less than gentle birth, which makes advancement in his field difficult.
Suhail ibn Ramiz ibn Khalis al-Aritati
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Suhail researches Draconean ruins, and his first scene has him diving off a cliff. Short time after, he reveals that he's conducting his research in ruins occupied by a quetzalcoatl.
- Cunning Linguist: He speaks so many languages that when asked how many, he has to stop and think about it before answering.
- Patronymic: standard for Akhian names.
- Shirtless Scene: He's introduced this way in Voyage of the Basilisk, and gets a few more as the book goes on.
- Dead Guy Junior: Jake is named after his deceased father
- Follow in My Footsteps: Averted, despite Isabella's hope that Jake will take up hers and Jacob's passion for dragons, he turns out to be in love with the sea instead.
- Like Parent, Like Child: That said, he becomes a scientist himself when he's old enough, though an oceanographer rather than a dragon naturalist.
- Plucky Middie: He gains a love for the sea during the world voyage in the third book and serves as one of these to the captain as practice.
- Asexual: implied to be this in the second book. Confirmed by the author in a blog post.
- Out of Focus: Her role is reduced in importance after the second book.
- Wrench Wench: An atypical older version, but nonetheless a great engineer who creates and maintains her own circle of lady inventors.
- Cool Big Bro: Isabella's older brother Andrew is the only one she has a close relationship with, and he's always been supportive of her and her chosen profession - in fact, him stealing Natural History of Dragons for her from their father is how she got into dragon naturalism in the first place. Isabella, in turn, seems to adore him.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He sabotages his own caeliger to keep his commanding officer from colonizing the Draconeans, something that could get him court-martialed at the very least.
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- Cool Old Guy: Financed Isabella's expedition even though she's a woman.