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(Heartstone #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  154 reviews
The author of Heartstone once again infuses elements of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic in this addictive fantasy that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world.

The Battle of North Fields is over—or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants t
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Published November 20th 2018 by Harper Voyager
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Cindy ✩☽♔
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Rating ~2.5

I'm not sure what is it, but this book just failed to capture me at all. It wasn't bad per se, but it also doesn't quite interest me enough to continue on either.

Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

When I first learned of Dragonshadow, I admit I was taken a bit by surprise. I honestly hadn’t expected a sequel to Heartstone, mainly because the first book did such a good job of being a faithful retelling of Pride and Prejudice, albeit set in a high fantasy setting. Things ended well for our protagonists Aliza Bentaine and Alastair Daired, and I thought that was the end of that.

But apparently, the author had more planne
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dragonshadow is the not the sequel I expected to Heartstone, a book I read mainly because it was a Pride and Prejudice adaptation. Although I thoroughly enjoyed Heartstone, I expected Dragonshadow to continue in the same vein as many P&P sequels- mainly romance and usually disappointing. Imagine my surprise and delight when Dragonshadow did not follow that path! In this installment (of what I hope is a fully fleshed out series), Alastair and Aliza are enjoying a few weeks of honeymoon after the ...more
laura (bookies & cookies)
Tw: miscarriage. While handled in a respectful way, I want to ensure readers that need to know about this plot element in the later half of the book have that heads up.

I still think this works better as a standalone, but I'll read the 3rd in the trilogy to see where it goes. Heartstone was one of my FAVORITE books of 2017 which is why this is kind of a let down.
Nov 27, 2017 marked it as to-read
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Another winning story in the Heartstone series, I was once again enchanted by White's lively storytelling and wonderful world-building elements.

One of my favorite things about Heartstone , the first book in White's Pride & Prejudice fantasy retelling, was the world building. I'm a big P&P fan, but those elements are no
This was a mess! I’m pretty sure all this could have been sweetly wrapped up in a duology since this second book in the trilogy does very little to further the plot. It is also more romance focused, which for me is always a minus.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Dragonshadow, but not quite as much as the first book. Heartstone had that sort of Pride and Prejudice meets dragons charm, but this was more of a standard fantasy story since the love story came to a conclusion in the last one. But this had a mystery as well, which drew me in because of the fantasy elements involved. The ending left it open for a possible great story in the next book as well, but this didn’t really wow me in any way.
Lynn Williams
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 of 5 stars
Dragonshadow is the second book in the Heartstone series by Elle Katharine White and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The first book was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but with dragons and other fantastical beasts. It was a great start to the series and one that took me by surprise as retellings can be a little hit or miss especially when they’re using a favourite classic as inspiration. As it is Heartstone was a definite hit for me and so you can imagine how happy I was
Francesca ❆
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve debated a lot wether or not I should add this bit or not because I’ve seen so many times being it overused, but I think this might be one of the times where it’s required, so:
TRIGGER WARNING for abortion and the trauma tied to it.

Just like the last book we follow Aliza and Alastair as they settle into the life of a newly married couple: they’re learning each other on a deeper level and finding a life rhythm.
For Alastair it means learning to completely open up to a person that it’
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragonshadow picks up right where Heartstone ends, and having finished its Pride and Prejudice parallel, White is able to take her original tale by the horns and really let it shine. I wasn’t fully satisfied with Heartstone because even though I am a fan of Austin’s writing I feel White’s reliance on her plot is a detriment to her storytelling ability. She relies heavily on pre-fabricated points, having to fit her original ideas into them, creating an uneven, incomplete feel. The same cannot be ...more
Sarah B
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit I enjoyed this quick moving fantasy novel. Sometimes sequels can be lousy and worse than the original story but this one was very excellent. In here the main character Aliza must come to terms in what it means to be married to a dragonrider. Of course she has no plans of sitting at home while her husband goes off on the dragon! Instead she plans to go with him and stick her nose into all sorts of dangerous situations, not really caring that she doesn't possess the fighting skills to ...more
Hailee (haibooklovers)
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first book of the series was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice and ended pretty cleanly, so I was nervous to see where she’d do with this one.

I loved it! I feel like we get to know Aliza and Alastair better, and seeing how their relationship developed was a delight.

While the last one closed nicely, this one definitely much more of a cliffhanger-y feel. Can’t wait til the next one!
Di Maitland
2.5*s. Almost all of the tension in this book would have been resolved if just one of two characters had opened their mouths and said something. This was ok but very much hangs on the coattails of its predecessor. I don't think I'll be reading the next; there are too many other good books out there. ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The scenes between Aliza and Alastair at the beginning are pretty adorable, but I enjoyed the first more for the humor and the P&P connections, so, once the actual plot set in, I lost interest.
Visionary Druid
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aliza Bentaine and Alastair Daired are now married. However, their honeymoon is cut short due to an urgent matter at the kingdom’s northern border that requires a dragonrider’s expertise. Aliza manages to persuade a reluctant Alastair to allow her to accompany him and his dragon Akarra on their journey. An ancient and unidentified monster follows the newlyweds to Lake Meera. The heartstone-stealing creature is not the only foe Aliza and Alastair must face. What secrets will Aliza unearth? Can a ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
White transitions smoothly from the creative retelling of Pride and Prejudice of the first book to crafting a wholly original story in its sequel. I remember being more impressed with her treatment of Pride and Prejudice than her fantasy writing the first time around, but I thought this follow-up showed she can do more than neat tricks with a beloved classic.
I like that Aliza is still trying to figure out where she fits into to Daired’s world, especially that she hasn’t had one training session
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This is a sequel I didn't realize was happening until a week after it was released, which is a shame because I absolutely adored the first book--I just thought it was a standalone. Nope, apparently not. White has a lot more wiggle room in this book, as it does not follow Pride & Prejudice's main plot like the first book did. I still find the world and the creatures to be fascinating, but this book didn't quite live up to the standards of the first. In fact, most of the characters from t
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Dragonshadow, by author Elle Katharine White, is the second installment in the authors Heartstone series. If you haven't read the first book, Heartstone, I do suggest you do so. The author infuses elements of Jane Austen’s beloved novels with her own brand of magic that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world. Picking up several month
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book for the world building, which is detailed and entwined into the storytelling so seamlessly. Now this second book is one of my new faves! I’ll be recommending this series to everybody.

Freed from the constraints of the original P&P storyline, White’s second in the series is more exciting and unpredictable, but still keeps the amazing world building and endearing characters. It’s suspenseful, mysterious, adventurous, emotional, and at times downright frightening.

If you liked
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
White moves away from mannered world of Jane Austen and closer to the sword-and-sorcery territory of Andre Norton. If you're a fan of the Witchworld novels like "Year of the Unicorn" than you'll probably enjoy this tale of a married pair, fighter and healer, hunting down monsters. Politics are swirling around the Daireds and big hints are dropped for the final novel in this fun trilogy. And if you enjoy these books and never read Andre Norton, you should definitely look those up too! ...more
Christine Aeschbacher
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
4.5⭐️ This book was fantastic, but literally took me a month to read. The character development was awesome. This is such a great adventure story. It was nice to spend some time just watching Aliza and Alastair be a happily married couple. But it was also really interesting to read about the aftermath of the massive battle in the previous book.

Overall, this series is great!
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It was so lovely to return to this world and these characters. I was delighted to find a murder mystery at the core of this plot, which I love. The ending didn't wrap up as much as I would want, but now I'm dying to get my hands on the last book so I can finally have my happy ending. ...more
Nov 12, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-publication
P L E A S E give me anything this woman writes, oh my god.
May 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
It's only one of my most anticipated reads this year! <3 ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
DRAGONSHADOW is an easy read even if you haven't picked up the first one. It owes some of that ease to Austen. If you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice, you'll find familiar characters within DRAGONSHADOW's pages. If you're not, the fantasy and mystery elements are strong enough on their own merits to draw in readers.

DRAGONSHADOW has enough world building to set it apart from Austen's novel while still retaining some Austen flair. I enjoyed the fantastical elements and Aliza's personality--a heale
Little Feather
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
If it weren't for the cliffhanger ending, I might have given this four stars. The characters of Aliza and Alastair are really well done and nuanced as is their relationship, especially adding in Alastair's dragon Akarra. However, the plot was not that compelling, and the other characters' motivations for their actions were even less so. I will still read the next book, hoping that the cliffhanger is resolved, but I am hoping for a meatier story. ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book wasn't bad, and was still a fun enough ride but it didn't feel as strong as the previous one

Aliza and Alastair annoyed me with the fact that they wouldn't really talk to one another. Like dudes you are married you need to be able to discuss this stuff or what is the point. I will still read the next one, as there was enough to keep my attention I just hope the next installment is stronger
Elizabeth "Liza"
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. I wasn't expecting this to be a series, but I enjoyed visiting with Alastair and Aliza and of course Akarra.

This book was a lot darker than Heartstone and since it didn't have to follow the premise of Pride & Prejudice, it was very different and imaginative. The prose is beautiful and lyrical, which I loved.
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A textbook introvert who likes to throw out the textbook every once in a while just to see what happens, Elle grew up in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes and how to cheer for the perennial underdog. When she’s not writing, she spends her time drinking tea, loitering in libraries and secondhand bookshops, and dreaming of ...more

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