Publisher- Harper Voyager
I have a confession to make. I LOVE retellings and cover songs. There is just something about hearing a familiar story retold and take new twists that just delights my soul, so when I saw an ad for Heartstone in Library Journal I knew I needed to possess it.
Jane Austen + Dragons= AWESOME. So Heartstone is a loose retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, except set in a world of magical creatures where men ride dragons and fight gryphons. This is not a word for word retelling ala Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. More a loose interpretation. The Lord of Merybourne Manor has called in Dragon Riders following the death of the youngest Bentaine girl at the claws of a Gryphon. Misunderstandings and romance follows. Along with monster slaying.
Aliza Bentaine- second child and artist. First to meet the handsome Dragon Riders but left with a less than favorable impression. Headstrong and stubborn, she’s not too stubborn to admit she might have been wrong.
Alastair Daired- Scion of the house that tamed Dragons Daired has a big ol’ stick up his butt. He makes a prat of himself in front of Aliza, insults her family, and in general looks like an ass. But he is loyal and brave and true.
Tobble- A hobgoblin that lives in the Bentaine’s yard and a friend of Aliza. He is the impetus to make Daired look like an ass. Because Hobgoblins are typically considered garden pests and a nuisance Daired sees no reason to be polite, showing what Aliza believes to be his true colors. I liked him.
4 out of 5 stars
This is a heck of debut novel by author Ella Katherine White. My only complaint is that there isn’t another. I mean it ends and it ends well, but I like this world. Even if we leave the trappings of Jane Austen behind I liked the characters and setting enough that I would love to read more.