Heartstone by Elle Katherine White
Summary from Goodreads:
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & 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.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite classic books, and I just love the Masterpiece Theater version, the one with Colin Firth that is like 6 hours long. I also liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I found it quite amusing even though I am sure Jane was twirling in her grave. But as much as I love the original I always thought it was lacking something like dragons, and apparently so did Ms White.
This is a delightful reimagining of the classic with dragons and other mythical creatures. All of the major characters from the original are here, although their names have been changed. Daired (Darcy) is a dragon rider and his dragon Akkara was a delight, and I really want her for my own dragon. The bare bones of the original plot is also in place. Daired is rich and socially ackward and Aliza is very modern in her thinking and manners. Because the plot follows the original in most ways, there were times that the story lost its momentum and it dragged. The final battle was quite thrilling though and even though there were a few times when I thought perhaps that Aliza and Daired were not going to ever get together, they do just like in the original.
All in all a delightful read. This was a debut novel by this author and I am looking forward to others by her.