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Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon

(Jane Austen's Dragons #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  531 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Alternate cover edition of ASIN B01MECLQTW

England is overrun by dragons of all shapes and sizes. Most people are blissfully unaware of them and the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind.  Only those born with preternatural hearing, like Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are able to hear and converse with dragonkind.

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Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published October 31st 2016 by White Soup Press
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Benjamin Fife The Pride & Prejudice story arc is covered in 3 books, though there is a prequel of when Elizabeth is younger. Maria Grace is currently working on mor…moreThe Pride & Prejudice story arc is covered in 3 books, though there is a prequel of when Elizabeth is younger. Maria Grace is currently working on more in the series - in particular another trilogy based on Persuasion, and after that probably Northanger Abbey. (less)

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Sam (AMNReader)
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Relying too much on the original for the human characters, at times confusing, and it seems I can't read much more than a page or so at a time.

So basically, it's about dragons?

This is the second br where I call quits on Gaufre and Joan. Sorry!
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff, 2016-jaff, 2018-jaff
Yet another marvelous tale by Ms. Grace. This is a new Pride and Prejudice universe where the early chapters of that ageless story up to the Netherfield ball blend seamlessly with an England inhabited by various species of dragons. They speak in a language only other dragons and certain humans have the ability to understand. Those without it are not even aware that dragons exist. (Sort of like Muggles in the Harry Potter universe). It is a closely guarded secret, and there is a Pendragon Treaty, ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am about to gush happily over this book but first...WHAT IS UP WITH THE COVER?
I mean, look at this monstrosity:

Mr. Darcy looks like a pirate? And Elizabeth's gown is giving off this Tudor England vibe and the dragon just makes me want to cringe! Agh!

Despite what it looks like, a super fun book. I devoured it hideous cover to hideous cover. This is a Pride and Prejudice retelling...but also not. It stands alone as an exciting, creative story about dragons and entails and treaties. And oh yea
J. W. Garrett
"Always speak politely to an enraged Dragon.” Steven Brust

This is book 1 in a series and at this writing, there are two books. Maria Grace did an excellent job in establishing the universe that our characters would live in. She moved the scenes so smoothly that the reader was soon comfortable with the notion that humans and dragons coexisted in the world. I was blown away by the writing style and the detail that our author took the time to create in this story.

“It does not do to leave a live dr
Suzan Lauder
Warning: This book has no ending. You have to buy the next book to get the ending. Otherwise, it's five stars.
Pride & Prejudice and dragons... oh yeah, I can dig it. I got very excited when I first heard about this series and had big plans, but got distracted. Still, after enjoying Misty at the Book Rat's reviews, I was still eager. Now that I've devoured the first part of the story with Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon, I am chagrined that I kept letting myself get distracted all that time. The author's dragon world and complex lore alone was worth it, but a clever way to link it to Austen's classical tal ...more
Sheila Majczan
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
My problem with this book is that I was hooked with reading the chapter postings on the author's blog and thus paid no attention to the fact that this is Book how many?

Much of the story follows canon but we are first introduced the the connections between humans and dragons and the treaty which maintains peace between the two species. Then there are humans who hear and can talk to dragons. Elizabeth has inherited the role of Dragon Keeper from her father and thus is also under rule to mar
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this one 100 stars, I would. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can not wait for the next installment. I look forward to the day when I have the whole series and can read them non-stop. The future romance between e & D was thoughtfully set-up, the dragons are fabulous, the interactions between humans, dragons, and non-hearing humans was amazing. I can not fault this book. Original idea and well done. You have made me a permanent fan, Ms Grace, with this book. Thank you!

Reread: I just ca
Carole (in Canada)
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: JAFF, Fantasy
Shelves: favorites
Take Darcy and Elizabeth, mix in dragons and a pinch of sorcery and you have a brilliant tale that just captures your imagination! The descriptive verse and level of detail, provided such a fabulous visual. I found the tension palpable between Darcy, Elizabeth and Mr. Bennet. You can just see the sparks flying!

Not everyone can 'hear' dragons but certain members of the Bennet family can as well as Darcy. I quite enjoyed Mary's role in this story. Though in canon she may be somewhat pedantic, she
3.5 stars.

I had really high hopes for this book, because I'm 100% trash for both Austen retellings and dragons. So really, an Austen retelling WITH DRAGONS should have been a surefire hit for me.

But no.

Honestly, I think part of the problem here is that it's only the first...third??...of Pride and Prejudice. Like, by the end of the book, Mr Collins hasn't even proposed to Lizzie. So it felt INCREDIBLY long a lot of the time. And yes, there's a lot of world building to do because it's a world w
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story

Interesting and unexpected journey among dragons, misunderstanding, betrayal, intrigue and learning.
A unique and original tale that is very hard to put down, so don't start reading it if you have something else to do.
Barbara K.
This is the first of a three part Pride and Prejudice variation set in a fantasy version of Regency England, in which there are dragons living among and alongside people.

This is a beautifully imagined fictional world, in which only certain people are aware of and can hear the dragons, while most people are completely unaware of their existence.

The smaller or "minor" draconic characters in the story are hidden from those who can't hear them by the power of suggestion, by way of subliminal messa
Sheryl Gordon
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucky Me-I Can Read All Three!

I may have waited a couple of years to start this trilogy but having just finished book one, it was worth the wait. Thank you Dear Author for writing and finishing this wonderful fantasy romance.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pride and Prejudice + Dragons ... what more could I ask for?!
I LOVED this! Thank you Amy for lending this trilogy to me!
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813

One of the reasons I love JAFF so much is that my interest in spending time with Darcy and Elizabeth has compelled me to read books in genres that I would not have been very likely to read. I am not typically a reader of fantasy books, but when I saw that Maria Grace had made the decision to write a fantasy JAFF story centered around a mystical world that threw Darcy and Elizabeth into the path of dragons, as well as each other, I was curious to see how this fantasy story would unfold.

In “Mr. Da
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Elizabeth's stomach churned. To be so ambushed, first thing in the day.

Austen's classic novel of manners, marriage, obligation, misunderstandings, poor judgments and well-founded ones is well-served by Maria Grace's imaginings of how society would respond to a world with dragons. It is not merely a retelling with lizards thrown in but a story with new threads of tension and complications that make Lizzie and Darcy's dislike of each other novel and real -- and something that must be urgently over
Kevin Potter
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dragons meet Jane Austen in a surprisingly entertaining story that is one part fantasy, one party mystery, and one part romance.

This is my first exposure to Benjamin Fife and I have to say, wow!

Although at times his voices sound just a touch nasal, each and every voice in the book is unique. Even the female and Dragon voices are all different and fit their subjects perfectly. He is a master of both vocal inflections and tempo shifts.

Honestly, I almost passed on this book. I saw it multiple times
Okay, so it may look as though I read this variation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice in fewer that 24 hours, but that's not quite the case. Maria Grace has kindly posted the first several chapters, serial style, on the her own website Random Bits of Fascination as well as on Austen Variations, so I had a head start and took off flying yesterday afternoon, finishing this morning.

The dragonlore in this first novel of Maria Grace's Jane Austen's Dragons series, Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon is incr
Violet Stone
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Where do I start? When I give low stars on a book I tend to start with the positive so that's what we'll do.

Maria Grace created a fascinating world of unique dragons and circumstances. Only certain people can hear and speak with them, and the humans become their Keepers. This is to prevent another dragon vs. human war. It's an elaborate set up with councils and so forth.

Now, why didn't I like it?

There were a few reasons. One, being that it was Pride and Prejudice. Before you bite my head off I t
I'm no stranger to the more...interesting side of Austen retellings. Zombies, vampires, sea monsters, genetic engineering, football — if it's been mashed with Austen, I probably either have read it or own it (or both). Dragons is a new one, even for me. And it is one that I am totally onboard for. Dragons are just very underutilized, this day & age, if you ask me. Though they're certainly making a comeback (thank you, Khalessi). But even though I was all for it, I have to say, I was still surpri ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
DNF end of chapter 4.

The dragons are interesting but the humans are not developed. The author assumes we know and love them from P&P and would fill in the rest. It's not a bad assumption actually and I would be fine with that if she did not then re-explains everybody's feelings. It would be nice to see new interactions or a different interpretation of events, maybe explained by the presence of dragons.
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Maria Grace. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

So basically Pride and Prejudice with dragons was a lot cooler than I anticipated. Like, legit, think of the original story – which I personally could not read no matter how old I think I am – but add dragons that communicate with humans and of course Uther Pendragon and that whole
Lelia Taylor
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
Reader Alert!! If you’re a Jane Austen purist, meaning you can’t bear to have someone mess with your favorite characters, having them do things Jane Austen didn’t intend, you need to walk away. Now, you’d think a purist would never dream of reading this book since it has a dragon right there on the cover but I’ve actually seen a few reviews by people who complained mightily about this retelling, particularly the dragons, even though they had to know what was coming. Why read them if you can’t st ...more
Raya Whitehouse
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has such an interesting little twist in the re-writing of the classic novel people have talked about for ages. The illustration of the book is so cute and should help you know about the dragons in the book (as well as the title). Although the title on audible and the one on goodreads are vastly different, they both look nice, I would have liked the one on goodreads better if you could see more of the dragon.

The narrator did such a great job. He does so many different pitches of voices
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great start to what will be a fantastic series! Maria Grace has combined to of my favorites, P&P and fantasy, in a truly unique and amazing way.

Imagine that dragons are real. Imagine that to stop a war between human and dragon kind, Utter Pendragon negotiated a treaty, resulting in the two races working together. Yes, that Uther. Now imagine a myriad of dragon species, from the tiny fairy dragon to the regal fire drake, and more we have yet to discover. That is the opening premise of the
Madenna U
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: type-darcy, owned
This book took the classic Pride and Prejudice and added a backdrop of dragons. The estates in the story are all named after the dragon they Keep and of course Elizabeth is right in the thick of it. In addition to the traditional story line, our dear couple has to deal with their responsibilities to their dragons.

My favorite part of the story is the strength of Elizabeth. Her common sense works wonders and amazes everyone. I also enjoyed the dragon Friends, who are able to speak honestly in all
This is an amazing combination of fantasy and the classic Pride and Prejudice. Maria Grace's masterfully interwoven drama with the missing Fire Drake egg and Jane Austen's original story was impossible to put down. The drama between Darcy and Elizabeth was there and intensified by the dragon bonds. The dragon world is well thought out and ordered and adds to the story making this a wonderfully unique and otherworldly variation. The story ends with the main issue, the Fire Drake Egg, being resolv ...more
Rosalind M
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was initially enjoying this book, but I'm not a fan of the following authorial decisions:
-Mr. Bennet's belligerence and uncharacteristic dismissal of Elizabeth
- the detours into the smuggling camps (which slowed the plot down so much that I started skipping most of those scenes)
-the idea that even the smallest dragons can cast influence and drive human actions (SO much room for abuse here, only touched upon at this point)
-the need for secrecy/duplicity about dragons existing, (how would an ent
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: austenesque
England is covered with many different kind sof dragons but only a few and se and hear them. Darcy has unfortunately lost his dragon egg - the first firedrake egg to have been laid in over a hundred years - and his search leads him to Longbourn.
I love dragons so I am enjoying the story, but not everything is resolved as the tale continues to Book 2 (then 3). I look forward to finding out what happens to the other characters (not Darcy/Elizabeth) who can hear the dragons.
(Having found out the fat
Paula Dyches
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is SO much better than Pride and Prejudice & Zombies! I love fantasy and Jane Austin and this author mixed the two so well. The narrator had a lot of fun with the voices and characters and I'm glad he did! He really made this an incredibly fun listen. If you like both of these genres then you'll love this book and I can't wait for book two.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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Though Maria Grace has been writing fiction since she was ten years old, those early efforts happily reside in a file drawer and are unlikely to see the light of day again, for which many are grateful. After penning five file-drawer novels in high school, she took a break from writing to pursue college and earn her doctorate in Educational Psychology. After 16 years of university teaching, she ret ...more

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