Heartstone

Heartstone

Book - 2016
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"A debut novel that retells Pride and Prejudice in a world where creatures are dragons, hobgoblins, lamias, and gryphons are commonplace, HEARTSTONE takes Austen's classic tale and turns it into something new, engaging, and imaginative"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062451941
Characteristics: 337 pages : map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Austen, Jane 1775-1817
Alternative Title: Heart stone

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Chapel_Hill_MaiaJ Jul 05, 2019

This was the first book I've picked up in a while that I wanted to savor, not just find out what happened next. The best part about it is the world building. There's a whole religion, a map of the country of Arle, and a pack of non-human races like dragons and wyverns. It's all introduced naturally so there isn't a great deal of time spent explaining these things, they just are.

It's very fun and doesn't stay too rigidly within the structure of Pride and Prejudice, making for some nice surprises along the way. The characters are easily identified despite name changes (I see you Mr. Darcy/Lord Daired), but I liked how their personalities and motivations change slightly. For example Daired is less opaque and more endearingly awkward than Darcy, and the youngest sister pines to be a Ranger rather than a wife. With the introduction of a war with the anti-human creatures like gryphons, the stakes are higher and the drama more fast-paced.

My only complaint is that I wish it were a bit longer so that there could be a little more development of the plot. Like I said, I wanted to take my time and savor it. I wouldn't have minded an extra 50 pages of description and development to help fill out some of the details of why or how certain plot points happened.

Overall, highly recommended and I loved the ending especially. PLUS there's a sequel, so I will get to enjoy these characters for a whole second volume!

Tigard_LindsayD Jun 27, 2019

This book makes heavy use of tropes and pastiche, but it does so impeccably, which is what makes it a delight to read. It is just as much a fantasy dragon adventure as it is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Anticipating what will happen next is fun, but at some times futile, as the magical world subverts expectations. A fun romp across (mostly) familiar territory.

ArapahoeLaura Jan 09, 2018

A Pride and Prejudice retelling, but they ride dragons! And there are higher stakes! And beautiful settings! One of my favorite books of 2017!

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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nidofito
Jan 20, 2017

Was definitely expecting a lot more. More fighting, more intense conflicts, more romance. The three star rating is pretty generous, fyi.

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Feb 18, 2017

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