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(Heartstone #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  501 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Monsters, manners, and magic combine in this exciting final volume in the Heartstone Trilogy--an exhilarating blend of epic fantasy and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice--in which a fearless healer and her dragon-riding husband must stop a reawakened evil from destroying their world.

It starts with the inconceivable: Wydrick, sworn enemy of the Daireds, is back from the dea
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Harper Voyager
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Mar 24, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
While there are moments with characters, themes, or worldbuilding that I enjoyed in this (and I LOVED the very final scene), there is way too much plot crammed into this book. When I think through where all this trilogy goes, I can't help but feel that while I liked the content of what all was explored across the three books, the pacing was pretty messy ...more
Sarah B
It was clear to me that this final book in the trilogy was even better than the second book. The sense of danger approaching was clearer and there was some truly weird, freaky stuff in the one Woods bear the beginning of the book. The ancient Evil was clearly getting closer with the gastradi they controlled. So the stakes are much higher and things must be discovered before the whole kingdom falls.

Like in the second book, Aliza is poking her nose where it doesn't belong. But it's clear she has i
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s amazing to look back and see how far this series has come. What began as a fantasy retelling of Pride & Prejudice has flourished and matured into a trilogy that is a phenomenon in its own right. Ever since Elle Katharine White started injecting more original ideas into the world of Heartstone, expanding the lore and enriching the characters and story with her own personal touch, things have started to really take off.
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*Genre* Fantasy, Dragons
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Flamebringer is the third and final installment in author Elle Katharine White's Heartstone trilogy. This series started out as a homage to Pride and Prejudice but has become more of an epic fantasy novel. The story picks up almost immediately after the events in Dragonshadow. Having been warned by former Ranger Tristan Wydrick that a terrible, ancient evil has awoken, hungry for blood, and is headed their way, Aliza & Alistair Dair
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this series, but I feel like it got just a bit worse with every entry. This one was 2.5 stars rounded up for me, and it’s not that it was bad it just felt like it was missing something. There was a ton of action, which would make sense in the last book of a trilogy, but there wasn’t as much of the character drama that the first two books were full of. This was a rather dark entry too, which I actually thought was good. Solid series, and I’ll definitely be looking out for the author’s n ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This got a little dark for me. I don’t usually mind dark storylines, but turning something that was based on Pride and Prejudice so dark just didn’t sit right with me.
I like what the author did with many of the characters—Leyda (Lydia), Curdred (Mr. Collins), and Mrs. Bennet—and I admire the imagination and love for Pride and Prejudice that inspired this trilogy. But I didn’t enjoy this book like I did the first two. Maybe the death (view spoiler) in the first
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
I loved book 1 in this series. I liked book 2. Book three and what I understand to be the final book in the series was a disappointment for me. It was okay, but it went very far from the things that I loved about the first two books.

I loved the combination of Pride & Prejudice [my favourite book] and dragons. It was clever and well done and channeled the 1800s and its structure and manners really well, while also working in dragons, garden gnomes and other magical folk in a way that just worked.
Francesca ❆
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you so much Harper Voyager for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

A great conclusion to this fantasy homage to Pride and Prejudice.

Aliza really shines in this final installment: she learns more the world she lives in and her husband’s family, her personality and upbringing help her finding solutions to multiple problems.
Alistair is kinda relegated to the background: he has to deal with a huge truth about his family (whom at this point he c

Unfortunately, this installment in the trilogy kind of let me down. I would still recommend reading the series, it's Pride and Prejudice but with dragons. I also appreciated how it went on, though the universe is very different from the original, it gave us a glimpse into how Mr. Darby and Elizabeth's lives could have persisted- a risky endeavor that paid off in the second but missed the mark here.

I think my main issue was how much build-up there was, 2/3rd of the book was just them trying to p

Kelsey Dangelo-Worth
Jun 04, 2022 rated it it was ok
Aliza and her Daired husband and his dragon return home to a greater danger: there is an ancient evil seeking to destroy their country. They also must unravel the mystery of Daired’s family.
The first book in this series was such a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed the low fantasy first person narrative of a high fantasy story. I also loved how this worked with the Jane Austen retelling (as she used the domestic sphere for comedy, character drama, and complex human truths). The second book was
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars

Elle Katharine White brings her Heartstone trilogy to a dramatic conclusion in Flamebringer. Her protagonist Aliza finds that she has married into a Fireborn family with a mysterious history and that the younger generation of the family is being held to account for events that took place centuries before. Wydrick is truly back (though not alone in his being back...) and there are others, like Rookwood, from Aliza and Alastair's past who have returned to plague them. Aliza's sight (a ki
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am crying, y’all. This book left me in tears! White sure knows how to pull on all the heartstrings. This is a great conclusion to the series, and the last fourth of the book was breakneck, heartstopping action.

That being said, the middle dragged a bit for me. I also wasn’t sure why the author chose to include some elements other than to surprise the reader because they didn’t seem to tie back to the conclusion. I wish everything had been plotted a little more tightly.

Overall I enjoyed Dragons
Stephanie Linnell
I enjoyed this final book in the Heartstone trilogy quite a bit. It ended up being my second favorite in the series, after Heartstone. I enjoyed it more than the second book (Dragonstone) as it had more with Aliza's family. There was more with the dragons as well, which is one of the reasons I originally wanted to read it (along with it being a Pride & Prejudice retelling). Plus, I loved the hobgoblins from the first book and they returned in this one! I gave this 4.5/5 stars (rounded up to 5/5 ...more
Flamebringer brings an end to a fantastic fantasy trilogy based originally on Pride and Prejudice. Aliza and Alistair reunite with family and friends in a fight for the kingdom of Arle and that questions the history all hold dear. I have thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and am sad that it's over. I hope that Elle Katharine White revisits this kingdom in the future, but I am satisfied with how everything was wrapped up.

I received an advance reader copy of this title from the publisher.
In Flamebringer, Elle Katharine White's Heartstone trilogy - which started as a Darcy-with-Dragons Pride and Prejudice retelling and somewhere along the way morphed into a fantasy epic - wings its way to its inevitable conclusion.

Having solved the mystery at Castle Selwyn only to discover a very dead but somehow not dead Wydrick at the heart of things, Aliza and Alistair Daired realize that the Battle of North Fields was but the opening salvo of a greater war fought against a much older and stro
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series started off as Pride, Prejudice, and Dragons, before evolving into its own world of sword-and-sorcery. If you like Andre Norton's Witchworld books, you'll enjoy this mix of battles both external and internal as the decidedly non-magical heroine rescues herself, family, and friends. ...more
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
I needed to know the ending, but had a hard time with parts of the story. The long build up was needed, but made it a bit tedious for me. The ending left me sad. Even though the evil is ended, the price was very high and there is no feeling of triumph.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the series.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oof . . . this series started off so strong with Heartstone, a fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice that managed to breathe fresh life into an old, familiar story. The follow-up, Dragonshadow, introduced a bunch of new characters, not based on Austen, and felt off. I hoped that Flamebringer, by reuniting our heroes with more familiar characters, would recapture the magic of Heartstone. Sadly, that didn’t happen. This was a jumbled, confusing, depressing mess. I highly recommend that you read ...more
Amy A
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Originally posted at Vampire Book Club

While away investigating the deaths of Idar near the Castle of Selwyn at the northern border of Arle, Aliza and Alastair Daired came face to face with House Daired’s sworn enemy Tristan Wydrick, previously thought dead, but still very much alive. That is, alive and ghast-ridden­ (playing host to violent shadow creatures). Wydrick imparts the same warning as others in the area: a great evil has been biding its time but is getting ready to strike.

As Arle prepa
Online Eccentric Librarian
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy
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What started as a fantasy homage to Pride and Prejudice morphed into a nice stand-alone series by this third volume. Admittedly, I prefer the fantasy to the literature retelling since this story holds its own much better when not constrained by the plot of another novel. There is plenty of action in this book, which looks to be the last in the trilogy. A lot of backstory is explained and we learn quite a bit more abou
Maggie Boyd
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Flamebringer is the richly imagined, lushly magical conclusion to the Heartstone trilogy, in which we join Aliza and Alistair almost immediately after the events in Dragonshadow. All of the world and character building take place in the first two novels, so potential readers will definitely want to begin with Heartstone.

Having been warned of a coming war greater than any the world has ever seen, our intrepid heroes are flying through a blizzard in the hopes of catching the villain Wydrick and ke
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so first of all, this was a pretty amazing conclusion to the series. My only real complaint is that I felt like there should have been like two more chapters or an epilogue at the end. I wanted some more questions answered and at least a few moments after the war ended to see what that was like. I felt like there was so much time spent on describing details of the setting almost too much at times (granted I think JR Tolkien went of on setting tangents too, so take the former sentence as you ...more
Patrice Doten
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
By midway through the first book, this series bore so little resemblance to Austen’s famous story, I’m assuming it was only promoted as a Pride and Prejudice retelling to gain traction in the glutted fantasy market. The books -original, inventive, and well-crafted - are definitely good enough to stand on their own. But I admit I probably wouldn’t have picked the first one up without the connection to my beloved P&P, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Unfortunately, even though the trilogy’s plot ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this title from the publisher.

After setting Dragonshadow in the north of Arle, and separating Aliza and Alistair from their family and friends, Flamebringer returns south, catching up with the Bentaine sisters, as well as Julienna Daired and Cedric Brysney. Bearing dire news about the war to come, Aliza hesitates to share all of her misadventures in the north with her sister, even though she is delighted to be reunited with Anjey. Their reunion sparks
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heart-pounding and thrilling conclusion to this fabulous series! I have totally enjoyed the creative, imaginative and fascinating way this author has spun the classic Pride and Prejudice story into this mystical adventure of magic, dragons and evil! The characters I loved so much in Ms Austen's classic came to life in a whole new way and I was sucked in from the first page. I intend to put this on my faves shelf to read over and over again anytime I want a break from reality with the solid fou ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so nervous to read this book, the last in the Heartstone trilogy, because I adored the first book, and then really didn’t love the second one, so I was afraid the final saga would also be a letdown. Well, thankfully, the final book more than exceeded my expectations! The plot was much more fast-paced, and we got to dive more into the characters of Aliza and Alastair as they worked to uncover the mystery of the ghastradi that was set up by the second book. I will say that there were points ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This series had such a strong start but the end struggled a little, I think. The plot seemed too easily and quickly resolved for such a massive and ominous buildup, and the romance between Aliza and Alastair seemed largely deflated. In my review of book #2, Dragonshadow, I wrote "I hope the author can lighten up the gloom between the two MCs", and sadly, it really wasn't much lessened. Loose ends with Julienna and Anjey were left just that, fairly loose, and once again the two main characters we ...more
Oct 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Aliza & Alistair and their lovely relationship starred once again in this book. They faced many challenges and were truly stronger together. I loved their character development and how it shaped how they responded to the problems they had to endure as they raced to save everyone.

Some of the action scenes weren't as captivating as they could have been - I found myself losing interest in the intensity of the plot towards the end at times. Thankfully, the overall pacing was quite fast and there was
Want epic fantasy with your Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? Then Elle Katherine White's Heartstone trilogy is for you!

Flamebringer is a worthy conclusion to this excellent series.

Aliza Daired (nee Bentaine) is a healer who rides Akarra the dragon with her Rider husband Alastair, no matter that as wife she is supposed to stay home and run their Pendragon estate in his absence.

They make a terrific team, though.

All is not well in Arle (England in this version). Book two had ended with Aliza, Al
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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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