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Fiction Friday – Heartstone by Elle Katherine White

ISBN- 9780062451941

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.

The Characters:

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.

The Judgement:

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.

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