Heartstone

Heartstone

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen's beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay--and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she's already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn't expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It's a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she's never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen's beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

Publisher: New York, New York : Harper Voyager, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062451941
Branch Call Number: FIC White
Characteristics: 337 pages : map ; 21 cm

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that the only thing possibly greater than Pride and Prejudice is a book that takes Pride and Prejudice and adds dragons. Elle Katharine White is the genius behind this concept, and she makes you wonder why no one had thought of it before. Full of romance, wit, and derring-do, this is an enormously fun homage—I'd like to think Ms. Austen would have approved.

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phumigator
Aug 22, 2017

I have read a few fanfiction novels and to by far is one of the best. I have not ventured to try the zombie one yet because I hate zombies. This one is like Harry Potter meets P&P. Even makes you like all the characters. Very fresh take on a fantasy P&P, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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jac523
Jun 11, 2017

Loved this reimagining of Pride and Prejudice! It had me at dragons. And no, it's not at all like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Heartstone is similar enough to the source material to appeal to fans of retellings, but unique enough to stand on its own. Highly recommended.

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SilverIlix
Feb 18, 2017

I really enjoyed this. The bones of the inspiration are visible, but the changes and interesting twists in the world created are a great read.
Looking forward to another installment, or more in this universe if the author is so inclined.

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Feb 18, 2017

SilverIlix thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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