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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,561 ratings  ·  644 reviews
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 Man
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Harper Voyager
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Elle Katharine White Yes and yes! More adventures in Arle coming Fall 2018 and Summer 2019.
Elle Katharine White "I’d never seen an angry hobgoblin before. If this one wasn’t my friend, it might’ve been funny. Tobble was red in the face before I noticed him in…more"I’d never seen an angry hobgoblin before. If this one wasn’t my friend, it might’ve been funny. Tobble was red in the face before I noticed him in the grass by the garden wall, and since hobgoblins have green skin, that in itself was quite a feat."(less)

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Alyssa
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
4.5 stars. Maybe 5 stars. I haven't decided yet. I LOVED this book. =)

EDIT: OKAY FIVE STARS IT IS. :D :D :D :D :D :D

Check out a swoony excerpt from the book! While Heartstone is NOT a romance novel, it does feature a lovely and subtle romance. =) Click the graphic below!

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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

A debut historical fa
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Bookwraiths
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

I want to admit up front that I have never, ever read any Jane Austen. How I was able to navigate through four years at a liberal arts university without ever reading this author still amazes me, but I did, without any grand plan by myself to do so. All of which means that when I picked up Heartstone by Elle Katharine White I was experiencing this fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice without any real knowledge of the original, which I actually believe helpe
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/02/06/...

Pride and Prejudice retellings and other Austenesque-inspired stories have traditionally been hit-or-miss with me, but there was something about Heartstone that drew me to it right away. Might it have been the dragons? Okay yeah, it was the dragons.

While I’ll be the first to admit I’m no aficionado on the works of Jane Austen, I am familiar enough with Pride and Prejudice to know that Heartstone is actually a pretty faithf
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Nastassja

Pride and Prejudice and Dragons!

If you are a fellow P&P fan you can imagine the scope of my excitement for this book. And now after I've finished it a couple of hours ago I can finally say that I mostly liked the author's revision of the original story, but it was not enough for me to make me not to return in my head to favorite scenes from P&P while reading Heartstone.

Just like in P&P in this book we have a world of high society, ladies and gentlemen and balls, of course. But right

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Debbie Brown
This is a thoroughly entertaining variation of Pride and Prejudice that very effectively transports the reader to a fantasy world filled with mythical creatures, and there's lots of humor and a touch of mystery thrown in for good measure. I don't usually take note of a cover since I read most of my books on an old ink display kindle, but this one is gorgeous. It seems as though Heartstone has been discovered by fantasy readers but not JAFF readers, so I hope to be like a town cryer and encourage ...more
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Rating 3.5?

This book is a bit difficult for me to review because it had SO MUCH potential, and while it wasn't terrible it certainly could have been better.
Dragons & Dragon Riders? Yes, these were great aspects. But I wish they were better explored. Like we did not really get to see as many action-packed battles as I would have liked. We did not even get to see them defeat the creatures they were originally brought to Hart Run's to defeat. The only semi-decent fight we got to see was near
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Sarah
Pride and Prejudice with dragons.
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Pride and Prejudice. WITH DRAGONS.
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WITH DRAGONS people! Oh please, please, please let this be as awesome as it sounds!
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The Buzz

I'm always on the lookout for books with dragons. This one came onto my radar last year and I meant to read it right away... hehe I didn't get to it. I had to add it to my Moody Reader reading list and totally hit it up early in the year for some fluffy reading. Plus its a retelling of Pride and Prejudice!! And I love the idea of a historical fantasy.


The Premise

I loved the idea of reading this retelling and getting a new version of Pride
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mith
My love for this book is endless. Eeeeeeeeeendlesssssss, I tell you. (Eta: (March 12th) so endless that I had to read it again and probably will do so again. And soon.)

It was actually just last year where I fell in love with Pride &Prejudice, and I admit, while I did like the book, it was the 2005 movie (the one with Keira Knightley!) that totally won me over. Ever since my AP lit teacher showed my class a snippet of the movie, I put that on the moment I got home. I was a goner for the story
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Jaime Arkin
“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.”

This book… was amazing!

I’m going to start by saying that I’m not usually a fan of epic historical fantasy it’s just too much for me to ingest and this cover just screams it with that dragon… but I knew I had to give it a try when I read it was touted as Pride & Prejudice meets dragons, wyverns and warriors!

From the very first page I was pulled into this story, a
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Bart
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.00
Gillian Berry

so WHOOPS I accidentally read that in one day. This is by no means a perfect book but BOY HOWDY did i love reading it! Ships and humor and dragon riders and beasties and shippity ship and yes, slightly rushed execution and kinda dropped plots but YOU KNOW WHAT if this means a surprise sequel I am heeeere for it

tl;dr, it's got some debut growing pains but this book is thoroughly enjoyable, both as a P&P retelling and a high fantasy in its own right. Tbh I think I liked the parts where it diff
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Norah
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is...odd. There are talking dragons, "Darcy" has a mohawk neck-braid, "Lizzy" plays with Hobgoblins, and griffons are roasted on the spit. Yet the plot outline follows the BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries (not the book) so very, very closely. That is not the problem, however. What it is missing is real emotional tension and depth of character.

Three generous stars for some unique (albeit strange) ideas and a hearty attempt at a reimagining.
Fafa's Book Corner
DNF

Mini review:

I had been hearing good things about this book. So I decided to read it. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.

The beginning was really good and so funny! But after that it went downhill. I couldn't even feel the romance. It came out of nowhere. And I was just found myself bored.

Still recommend.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Pride and Prejudice and dragons. Have you ever heard a more wonderful idea? I chanted pleasebegoodpleasebegoodpleasebegood the whole time I was downloading the audio, for which I was awesomely rewarded. It's kind of amazing how true to the source material this story is but how winsomely unique it is at the same time. I almost can't even with how much I loved this novel. The dragons! The other mythical creatures! The sisters! The romance(s)! So much yes! Oh, and the narration is kinda perfection, ...more
Sophie

When I first heard about this book, I was immediately drawn to it because of the dragons, and because it seemed like a fantasy debut that was worth a read. Once early reviews came out, and I realised it was a Pride & Prejudice retelling too, I immediately preordered it, because anything linked to P&P is right for me.

In Heartstone, Aliza Bentaine lives in a Manor with her parents and sisters, and in the recent months, the manor has been attacked by gryphons, and the Lord has no other opti
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Hailee
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pride and Prejudice is my favourite book and I have a large obsession with dragons so reading a book that combines the two was always going to be a winner in my eyes. So my review might be a bit biased as I went into this book determined to like it.

And I did enjoy it. It combined the supernatural world with the ‘regency’ setting well and the author created a believable history for the world she created. The dragons were done soooo well and it was so easy for me to believe that they were a natura
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Emily
This is a unique retelling of Pride and Prejudice, with some elements that I really liked and others that didn't quite work. In this story, Aliza Bentaine and her family live in Arle (a map is provided in the front and looks suspiciously similar to England), a land that is populated by humans and several types of mythical creatures. On one side, there are humans, dragons, and wyverns, and on the other there are direwolves, lamias, and other enemies of humankind. Arle is protected by Riders and R ...more
Tandie
"...a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay..."
Pride & Prejudice dragon style? YES PLEASE!

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Hmm. This was a bit disappointing. The story was only barely OKAY. 2.5 stars, not sure if I can round up. The biggest problem was that all the original Pride and Prejudice jerks and weirdos were painted as super nice peeps. Well, except for Wickham. You can’t make everybody nice without making the story boring!

Lady Catherine - nice
Mr Collins - kind and fa
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Jaclyn
Heartstone was an excellent Pride and Prejudice retelling. It was similar enough that enjoyment of the connections to the source material could be made and different enough to make this something rather original. Heartstone was a very enjoyable read! It was an updated Pride and Prejudice with dragons! We can't forget the dragons.
Kiki Dalani
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice with dragons, dragon-riders and other mythical creatures. I enjoyed every word of it. An excellent idea became a well-written story. I particularly appreciated the battles and the funny moments. Also, I would like more scenes with hobgoblins. I love them. The way they attacked Daired in the beginning of the book was hilarious.
Ashley

This was a fun way to spend several hours, but I actually think I would have liked it better if I had never read Pride and Prejudice. If you're not aware, Heartstone is debut author Elle Katharine White's retelling of the Jane Austen classic (a top ten book for me), but with dragons (and such).

I want to be clear that I find nothing wrong with this book at all. It's a cleverly told story that takes the frame of its source material and transforms it from a romantic comedy of errors with a satirica
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Jennifer
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is at least the third Pride and Prejudice + magic mashup I've attempted (see also CE Murphy's Magic and Manners and Kowal's Shades of Milk and Honey), and I've liked none of them. I suspect the central problem is that it's very, very hard to out-Austen Jane Austen. Not so to out-Grimm a Grimm fairy tale; half the events make no sense, and the characters make cardboard seem three dimensional, so retelling a Grimm and offering real motivations and characterizations is a reasonable undertaking ...more
Megan (magan bagan)
This was absolutely adorable! I loved it! Pride and Prejudice with dragons. Yes, please!
Lisazj1
4.5 stars, I loved it! Great fantasy, excellent story and dragons, which automatically makes everything better!

This was pitched as a "Pride & Prejudice with dragons", which is a lot for any story to stand up to but this one managed incredibly well. While I don't exactly consider it a "retelling" of P&P, the parallels were wonderfully done and made the parts of the story that were all its own just that much more enjoyable!

I just read in another review that this is a standalone and that
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Shelley
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Fantasy, Retellings
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Elle Katharine White's Heartstone is a story that reimages Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This is a world where there are two types of beings exist; Tekari, sworn enemies of humans, and Shani, friends of humans. There is something dangerous coming, and nobody quite knows what it wants. Instead of using zombies to tell her story as in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, White uses a variety of beings from gryphon's, gnom
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Mara
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, fantasy
What made me laugh in a regency setting, was mildly irritating here. I read until the end with a meh feeling. Only after suddenly I realised it's a Jane Austin retelling. Only not as much fun in this contest, nor it had the same consequences. It might have been a very good fantasy if it had gone for its title and promises.
Liz
Jul 05, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-release
high fantasy pride and prejudice? did i dream this?
Basia
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Basia who loves Austen must be in want of a high fantasy retelling.

High fantasy is the genre of my heart. It is the genre that always feels like home to me, so when I found out that there was a high fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice, you can bet I was all over that faster than you could say, "Darcy." I was admittedly worried going into this; I've been burned by Austen adaptations many times before (Unleashing Mr. Darcy to this day remains the
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Jennie
One of the best Jane Austen retellings I've read. They usually fall so flat and this one actually managed to bring something new to the table. It doesn't capture the wit and social commentary of Pride and Prejudice, but it brings a fun sense of adventure which almost makes up for it. The story beats are the same as P&P with little surprises along the way to keep die hard fans invested.
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“I’ve been in many battles in my lifetime. I’ve slain monsters by the hundreds and won more victories than I can count, but against this there’s no defense. From the moment we met I tried fighting it—gods, I’ve tried. Nothing works. I thought I’d be safe at the other end of the country, but the minute I heard you were coming to Edan Rose I flew here as fast as Akarra would take me. I’m a Rider and you’re a nakla,” Daired said. “There’s nothing we have in common. There’s nothing we should have in common. Your birth, your bloodline, all of it—it’s beneath me. I know all of that, and it hasn’t changed a thing. I’ve lost, Aliza. You’ve defeated me.” 10 likes
“And then, because I’d fought through dragonfire and death and knew at last what courage looked like, I kissed him.
I thought I knew everything there was to know about fire. I’d smelled it, touched it, almost tasted it, but for all that, I had no idea. This was the fire that bound the Daired bloodline to dragonkind. Love, and passion, and wildness— all burned in that single touch, searing my lips even as it seared my soul.”
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