By: Elle Katharine White
A Pride and Prejudice retelling where Darcy and others are dragon riders. And there’s other things like hobgoblins, wyverns and giant worms but the most amazing thing of all…
A Pride and Prejudice where I didn’t want to murder “Lydia” a miracle!
I like the change ups in this story. Aliza meets Alastair Daired when he and the other riders come to the manor in order to take care of a deadly gryphon infestation. And he annoys her most perhaps when he accidentally attacks her hobgoblin friends. Though he’s still a pill at the parties. His dragon is definitely the diplomat.
Aliza’s mother comes off a lot better in Heartstone as well although from what I could tell she’s in it a lot less than the original.
There romance follows a lot of the same beats except there’s also gryphon attacks and much like ever Anjey/Jane is a bore here to. But I’ve found that was the case in all the adaptions I’ve seen or read.
The middle is probably the longest run of being recognizably like the book. Though Mister Collins gets a better edit here as well. The end is totally different and involves a giant battle with a giant angry worm and Aliza/Eliza going full on warrior woman.
Truth be told, that was a bit chaotic and there was a big sacrifice at the end I couldn’t feel anything for because we didn’t really spend that much time with the character. Heartstone is a pretty simple fun book that really doesn’t try to be anything but what it is. I’d definitely drop into the category of fun vacation or summer reads.
Not perfect but it has dragons, Aliza goes warrior, the mom is mainly silent and Lydia isn’t half bad herself.
15 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice… with Dragons”
Yay to dragons 🐉 and good fun reads. I enjoyed your review and maybe once I get over my non reading phase, I’ll check this book out as well. 😊
Cool! It’s a quick lark- if you’re going on a trip or anything it’s a good book for that!
So… The angry worm is NOT Lady Catherine then?? 😂😂😂 HOW HAVE I NOT HEARD OF THIS?! COUNT me in. I will read literally ANYTHING P&P related… It’s an unhealthy obsession, for sure… And one where “Lydia” AND “Mr. Collins” aren’t so bad? And there are DRAGONS?! Yes please!!
Actually the Lady Catherine figure isn’t so bad in this book either. I think another character sort of takes her place with that!
Well, it’s now on my TBR list because I DEFINITELY have to check it out!!
How did I not know about this?!?!!? Pride and Prejudice with Dragons?!?! Yes Please! I just ordered it, it should be here Friday!!
It’s a fun silly summer read. I hope you enjoy 🙂
I just finished reading this and I loved it! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention 😀
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Which is better, dragons or zombies?
All I remember about zombies is the movie and I wasn’t big on that 🙂 I’d give the edge to the dragons but I do think the zombies were more “sisterhood” kind of thing. This is really Aliza and Darcy stand in and general oh, look dragons!
Ah I just find it amazing that this is a version where you don’t want to murder Lydia!! Plus I like dragons 😉 Awesome review!
It was odd. I might have to rewatch the mini-series now 🙂
This sounds like it could be fun! Have you read Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton? It’s not a retelling, but it’s been described as if Jane Austen wrote about dragons!
I have not but I read… I think it was My Real Children by her and liked it so I’ll definitely have to check out Tooth and Claw! Thanks!