Heartstone [electronic resource]. Elle Katharine White.
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- ISBN: 9780062451958 (electronic bk)
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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.
Electronic reproduction. New York : Harper Voyager, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1438 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 December #1
Pride and prejudice and dragons, oh my! The residents of Merybourne Manor, undergoing constant attacks from ferocious gryphons, hire Riders to rid them of the monstrous creatures. Aliza Bentaine, suffering from the loss of a sister, is glad that her family, friends, and neighbors will be safe once the elite warriors arrive. When she meets dragon-rider Alastair Daired, she is not so sureâalthough quite handsome and obviously brave, he is insufferable and disdainful of lowly nakla such as herself. Alastair, having only come along to accompany his friends Cedric and Charis Brysney, finds himself reluctantly attracted to this spirited young woman. He is further surprised to learn his dragon companion-in-arms Akarra is quite taken with the girl, regardless of her status as a nonrider. White's fast-paced debut transports the social differences and romantic misunderstandings of Austen's classics to an imaginative new setting where danger is ever-present and hidden tensions build toward an even bigger threat that could destroy any hope for Aliza and Alastair. Offer this to fantasy-romance fans who enjoy an Austen twist. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.
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