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  • perfect fantasy retelling of a timeless romance

    I really enjoyed this fantasy take on Pride & Prejudice! It had all the core pieces of the original tale, with the addition of dragons and wyverns and hobgoblins and daring heroic feats. For the first half of the book, I had a lot of fun figuring out how each new character fit into the old narrative, and I looked forward to certain plot points in the kind of way you do when rereading an old favorite. It had that kind of familiarity, but I enjoyed seeing how the author twisted and tweaked the original tales in a way to fit the world of Arle in fulfilling and unpredictable ways. Even knowing how the romance would go beforehand, I really wondered how the author would redeem the hero before the end. He was a smug bastard in a way that would make Mr. Darcy look gallant at first impression. But there is more to the book than a retelling of Pride & Prejudice, and I think any fantasy fan could read the book and enjoy it (though Pride & Prejudice fans might enjoy it more!). The fantasy part of the story shines. The world-building behind Arle was very well executed, from the inclusion of many fantasy creatures, the likes of which usually only seen in top-tier high fantasy, like D&D and World of Warcraft, and solid mythology to root every fantasy element as firmly into the story as the mannerisms and social expectations of the Regency era. The author takes a high concept--Pride & Prejudice with dragons--and makes it work on the deepest levels of novel writing. The dragons are not a veneer plastered over Jane Austen's words, and neither does the original story intrude on a fantasy tale better left without it. Instead, the two concepts are masterfully entwined. I highly recommend this to lovers of high-fantasy and Regency romances (I thought I was the only one! ha!), for realistic romance, realistic heroines (oh, so many!), and an overarching theme of bonds between family, friends, lovers, and dragons.

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  • Heartstone Noval rating

    The storyline was good. I, Personally, think of Action, thriller, and suprizes are good for books. This had a lot of those, so I enjoyed it. It starts wierd, then it explains a lot of questions farther in the story. I think you should read until the end of the book, so you understand everything for the next books. I hope you like it a lot. Thanks for reading this review!!!!

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  • Fun Fantasy

    Quirky, fun, and heartfelt, this is a unique retelling of Pride and Prejudice. It’s an easy, comforting read that has a lot of heart. Aliza is a good character with charm, cleverness, and a biddable personality. Alistair on the other hand is aggressive and sharp. To say that they have a complex relationship is an understatement. But it is entertaining! Despite the fantasy elements, much of the story focuses on Aliza and her relationships with her family, friends, and Alastair. It does have some action at the end, but not an overwhelming amount. Regardless, this was a fun read that is perfect for a weekend or vacation.

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  • Not bad

    Nice book, kept me reading, but the battles were disappointing, lacking detail and action. The love story could be more deep. I won't be reading it again, like a favourite, but I enjoyed it.

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  • A new classic

    A very creative adaptation on a time less classic.

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