It starts with the inconceivable: Wydrick, sworn enemy of the Daireds, is back from the dead, ...more
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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. ...more
*Genre* Fantasy, Dragons
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 ...more
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)[of Charis (hide spoiler)] in the first ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
I received an advance reader copy of this title from the publisher.
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 ...more
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 ...more
More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I'm still not sure how I feel about the existence of the sequels. And while there were specific aspects of the characters that were really well done, the plot and larger storybui ...more
I really wanted to give this a higher rating but...
(view spoiler)[The ending just didn't measure up to the rest of the series. They defeated the greatest evil the world has ever known through the power of love. That just didn't do it for me. Plus Cedric's death was handled badly. He was taken out without any sort of fight. Not to mention the hobgoblin army that came to help them was never even part of the final "battle" (wasn't much of a battle really). Plus there was that re ...more
Once again, I am disappointed that the dragon roles are minimal. I did enjoy the hobgoblins and Tobble in particular. The villain isn’t who it seems and then like the proverbial onion, peel back another layer and make another ...more
Spoiler alert - people we love die.
Aliza and Alistair will never be the same again.
I kept and to the bitter end, and it was rather bitter.
For what it’s worth the story and writing are exceptional. I just prefer to feel hope and light at the end of a book and this did not feel like much of either.
I’m not sure whether to want this storyline to continue into a series or to say lea ...more
That's really all I needed to hear. When you've got a mighty need for a fantasy epic, this one will do quite nicely.
You'll need to read the first two books in this series; but hey, new books. Not a problem there. If you have already read those two, then you've been sitting at your computer, impatiently waiting for the notification that this one is out.
It's not out yet (th ...more