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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.
I did so enjoy this further telling of the integration between humans who "hear" dragons, those who are dragon-deaf and the whole of dragon society. And we find that even dragons have human faults, feelings and frailties. Separation anxiety? Yes, baby Pemberley has been banished from the Longbourn estate by its major dragon, unbeknownst to Elizabeth, who blames Darcy from ripping the baby from her presence. Then there are humans and dragons who further the separation by keeping communication, i.e., letters, between Elizabeth and Pemberley hidden.
Then there is the crime of "persuasion" by both Mr. Bennet and the dragon voice Elizabeth hears from the cellars as Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth. You will find amusing the words of his proposal...as we heard them in canon from another man...so funny.
As things spiral with interference from Lady Catherine and Anne at Rosings, where Darcy has gone with his baby dragon, Collins' total ignorance of and antipathy towards the dragon world comes to a startling head and a concave is called in London to settle more that one charge by dragons and by humans at each other and as to how to settle some future responsibilities between the dragon world and that of humans.
I had been following this story as a WIP so was able to quickly skim the first eleven chapters but got enraptured and unwilling to put the rest of the story down.
I am now very anxious to have the third book in my hands. Yes, I recommend this story to one and all.
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Book 2: Longbourn: Dragon Entail: 5-stars
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