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.
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Pride and Prejudice meets dragons
Actually, yeah, probably. I've re-read Pride and Prejudice countless times so I could see myself coming back to this, too.
I really liked that this story was SO SIMILAR to P&P as far as the storyline and how it made me feel, but it was also totally it's own book, introducing new elements without tarnishing the original.
The narrator sounded like she was having a lot of fun with it. She made me think of the movies. Great accent--not too over the top!
Well, I guess it'd be in a similar vein as Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (which I didn't really like, btw). I think the "All's fair in love and dragonfire" is pretty good.
I was unsure whether I'd like this...I LOVE Jane Austen and I read some fantasy but I don't usually like retellings of her work. I'm so glad I gave it a listen anyways. Totally worth it!
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