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January 29, 2017

Loved It: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Fantasy

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 by Elle Katharine White is (or was) on my January reading list. It has a curious premise, to say the least, and a little risky too IMO. For a book to suggest that it's based on a beloved classic like Pride and Prejudice is asking for immediate comparisons from the get-go. 

Now I have to dig around my head for what little recollection I have of Austen's classic just so I can tell you how it fared. HEARTSTONE has enough elements to elicit feelings of fondness for the characters due to their familiarity. EKWhite managed to retain the spirit of Pride and Prejudice from the tense romances down to the notoriety of the Bennet sisters and their mother while managing to add a unique twist to make it her own. So if you're an Austen fan, take comfort in knowing that the author is a true blue fan as well, this adaptation is inspired and a successful one at that.

HEARTSONE has a lot of great things going on for it. Aside from having magnificent dragons as part of the cast, the world building is rich and straightforward. For a fantasy, this isn't bogged down with flowery narrative interludes and wordy descriptions, EKWhite cleverly wove the myth in the dialogue and managed to be very succinct about it. 

For me, the highlight of HEARTSTONE lies on the action. These dragons and their riders do not play, they will give you goosebumps when they go into battle. And remember Elizabeth Bennet's sharp tongue? Well, Aliza Bentaine translated Ms. Bennett's keen intelligence by adding some pretty impressive wicked maneuvers which had her outwitting lamias, facing off dragons, and taking shots at some giant mythical worm, while saving her own Mr. Darcy in the form of Alastaire Daired. 

HEARSTONE is such a delightful weekend read. I was expecting it to be heavy, but it turned into a total page-turner for me and it being a standalone is an added perk. I'm very satisfied with this debut fantasy novel by EKWhite and I'm hoping this isn't the last of its kind.











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37 comments:

  1. oh a fantasy retelling? wow that's a change that's for sure and just for that I would be curious

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    1. It's really good, I hope you can give it a try one of these days

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  2. Great review! I've wanted to read it, but your review has me excited to get my hands on it.

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  3. never seen a fantasy retelling of P&P. Interesting. I never read P&P but I love dragons, so I can see myself being curious about this one

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    1. There's another fantasy one albeit of a different kind. The one with the zombies?

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  4. Heck of a great review Braine. This is definitely going on my wish list! Thanks for putting it on my radar

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    1. I feel you, it got me at dragons too lol

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  6. I'm intrigued, I would have thought for sure the author wouldn't be able to give a good enough nod at P&P in this. Yay for having a good time with it :)

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    1. I had my doubts too, she did awesome. She understood P&P well, managed to keep the classic's integrity and swirled it with her magnificent dragons

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    2. I had my doubts too, she did awesome. She understood P&P well, managed to keep the classic's integrity and swirled it with her magnificent dragons

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    1. I actually had you in mind whilst reading this

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  8. Hello my pretty....this sounds delightful and well the dragons combined with Austen made me squee!

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    1. Squee away! You'll be doing a lot of that lol

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  9. To be honest, I've never read Pride and Prejudice. I'm glad this was a nice, action-packed "version" though!

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  10. Ooooh. I'm in love with that cover! And it sounds like a great read. :D Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome, I hope you can read it sometime soon :)

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  11. EEEEP!!! I have this and haven't read it yet!!!! I must read soon!!!! Oh what a awesome review!!!!! I don't know if I put enough exclamation points but you've made me very excited to get to this... ;)

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    1. Yes! Do make time for it, I had a blast with it. Hahaha, EXCLAIM AWAY!!!!!

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  12. Alyssa loved this one, too, and of course I'm going to read it. Dragons and P&P, just have to. :)

    Enjoyed your review, Braine!

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    1. Fantastic, I hope you get around to it soon, Sophia :)

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  13. Okay, this actually sounds pretty cool.

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    1. Very. I almost wish there's a sequel

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  14. Fantasy retelling that does sound really neat :)

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    1. And tricky to pull off too. She did it well :)

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  15. LOL well that's unexpected. I never would have even considered P&P off the cover.

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  16. I always love those books that you don't expect to be such a page turner. Makes for a delightful experience. And I always enjoy a good fantasy with dragons involved.

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    1. Yes! Not only that, it whets your appetite for more stories in the same vein.

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  17. Pride & Prejudice AND dragons?!?! Sign me up!!! I'm thrilled that the author kept true to the spirit of P&P while also putting her own spin on it. Great review, Braine!! <3

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    1. Yes, she did an amazing job with this one. The Dragons won me over completely

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  18. Whew! This sounds like there is a lot going on and I like it. Who doesn't love a good fantasy re-telling with dragons? Great review! Hugs...

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  19. Girl, Dragons! I love the sound of that!

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