Longbourn: Dragon Entail: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane Austen's Dragons Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Longbourn is not a happy place. Mr. Collins has most of the dragons in an uproar because he is dragon-deaf and is so cruel to them. Meanwhile, Longbourn (the dragon) and Mr. Bennet continue to insist that Elizabeth must marry Mr. Collins so she can take her father's place as dragon Keeper. While Elizabeth is at first resigned to what she believes is her inevitable fate, very early she starts to weary of her role as peacekeeper and chafes over having no say in the course of her own life.
Rosings is not a happy place, either. Darcy brought the baby dragon Pemberley there. Unfortunately, she is upset at the continued separation from Elizabeth and thrashes around so much that she's injuring herself. Darcy is trying to deal with that along with his Aunt Catherine and her demand that he marry Anne, who's more of a chip off the old block here than usual. In addition, Darcy is trying to encourage Georgiana, who can hear dragons but is terrified of them, to take an active role in caring for the baby dragon.
All the above describes essentially the starting point for these various plotlines. For the first part of the book, Darcy and Elizabeth are apart, each coping with their respective difficulties. Eventually, Elizabeth makes her way to Rosings to assist Darcy with Pemberley (the dragon). However, their problems keep piling up, building to a climactic Dragon Conclave court case in London that determines the futures of Elizabeth, Mr. Collins, Darcy, Pemberley and Longbourn.
The situations introduced in this book are resolved or explained by the end. However, the final revelation at the Dragon Conclave neatly sets the table for the next book, and circumstances force Darcy and Elizabeth to separate.
Although Elizabeth does develop more appreciation for Darcy's good qualities and the book ends with them in accord, the tone of this story is less romantic than it is action/adventure. The writing is crisp and fluid, and it's truly impressive how Ms. Grace creates a distinctive personality for each human and dragon. The various species of dragons are also well-defined. I know some reviewers object when an author re-assigns Jane Austen's dialogue to characters other than in canon, but it's done very cleverly here. It's amazing the way Ms. Grace mingles the fantasy world of dragons into a story firmly rooted in the much-beloved Pride and Prejudice plot.
1st Star - Helped pass time and some laughs,
2nd Star - Well written, good flow (story-telling), fast pace,
3rd Star - Riveting with a good advancement of characters and relationships,
4th Star - To me, well balanced character development, story-telling, and angst at a decent pace,
5th Star - Truly enjoyable read with good mix of everything fun, riveting, frustrating, and more - dragons, fantasy, romance, fiction and more!
Long Description: Truly a nice piece of story-telling. I love fantasy work in addition to novels and others and this made a great, funny, interesting read. Riveting in places, a tad slow in some spots - but short and made the story continuous - but overall a great pace in my opinion. I just loved how she mixed Medieval period with Georgian Era and spun a great tale; or rather transplanted Georgian Era back into Medieval? Anyways - great read... try it!!! If you love fantasy alone, you'll love this - and better if you like classic British literature/novel.
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