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Published by Harper Voyager on January 17th 2017
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and 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.
Heartstone led to some interesting conversations between those who love Pride and Prejudice and those who really don’t like the classic. Interestingly, both sides of the conversation enjoyed Heartstone, for a variety of reasons.
Some felt it started a little slow, but they really liked it when it got going. They all agreed it was like a Medieval Historical Romance, but with dragons. Everyone loved the dragons and the action. Those who didn’t like Pride and Prejudice really loved the characters; those who love Pride and Prejudice felt the efforts to reinvent the characters didn’t work out that well and it kind of nagged. But not enough to make it a book they didn’t enjoy, and they felt the fantasy worked surprisingly well with the classic plot.