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- Publisher: White Soup Press (October 31, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2016
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- Language: English
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Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation (Jane Austen's Dragons Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Darcy has a dragon egg that is about to hatch, but it is stolen from him by exactly the one person you would guess! He sets off to find the egg and in the process goes to stay with Bingley at Netherfield. The story pretty much follows canon and also branches off into pure fantasy. This is an exceptionally well crafted story with amazing creatures, whose personalities are just as big as they are. The dragons all have very distinct personalities and their interactions with their Friends and Keepers are just plain fun and fascinating. In this book, Mary and the Gardiners all can hear dragons and interact with them. I loved reading about the Fire dragons, tiny bird like dragons. They reminded me of my conure, who also is smart, funny, a bit manipulative, and who also has a very annoying habit of biting!
Elizabeth and Darcy have all their preconceived notions of the other playing out against a background of dragons and a fascinating universe. Each dragon has it's own likes and dislikes, some get along, some don't. They were almost like people - big scaly people, but people all the same. The plotting and writing are excellent, and Austen's familiar words and story are skillfully woven into a big, amazing fantastic tapestry. Like all of Maria's stories there is an interesting premise, familiar and new characters, snappy dialogue, and a healthy does of snark. It was incredibly fun to read.
Elizabeth and Mary are designated as Friends, Darcy and Bennet are Keepers. Bennet wants to retire because of infirmity and an overriding interest in scholarship and dragon lore, which means Elizabeth is going to be named Keeper. It is in Bennet's and Longbourn's selfish interests to keep Elizabeth tied down to the estate and the dragon. Changes however are in the air, and long held dragon beliefs are falling away. Dragons are beginning to understand humans better and are realizing that that they need to loosen the reins a bit. It is hinted that the new treaty with the dragons will cede the humans more control of their own lives, with less input, and interference from the dragons. Once the treaty is signed, Mister Bennet and Longbourn can no longer dictate who Elizabeth will marry. So it is in their interests to force her to marry Collins. I kept hoping that he and/or Wickham would be eaten by a dragon, but so far, no such luck. This is the first in a projected series, with the second book set to launch in early 2017. I am completely hooked, and I will buy all of them and take this fantastic journey along with our much loved old and new characters. I honestly can not say enough good things about this book. It is engaging, fascinating, witty and breath taking. Mind. Blown. Even if you aren't into fantasy and sci-fi, give this book a chance. I certainly am not, but Maria made a believe ever of me. A lot of us dislike a story that plays out over several books, but for this to be one book would have made for a huge download. I like that there will be some different stories and adventures, and normally, I would be the first one to complain. This book has given me a lot to think about, and it had some laugh out loud moments. I am glad it has ended for now, because we are getting our house ready to sell and I can't keep stealing away with my Kindle for hours at a time!
But now an unhatched major-dragon egg, a firedrake, has been stolen from Pemberley, and Mr. Darcy comes to the area along with his companion cockatrice dragon, Walker, in search of it. If the egg hatches in the wild without a human there to imprint upon it, it will be wild and uncontrollable, threatening the longstanding peaceable relations.
In the Bennet family, Mr. Bennet, Mary, and Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner all can recognize and understand dragons, but Elizabeth is particularly gifted. Darcy is amazed at her ability to soothe dragons of every type, but his pride makes him resist working with her to find the egg until circumstances (and their dragons) force the issue.
I am impressed with the entire culture that Ms. Grace creates surrounding the dragons, with specific protocols and courtesies, different levels of respect depending upon the type and bearing, and the individual personalities. I love the little details, such as how Elizabeth's fairy dragon, April, nips at Darcy's ear when she's aggravated with him, and how Mr. Bennet's massive wyvern dragon, Longbourn, stretches his neck for her to scratch him and wags his foot like a dog as she does so.
The way Ms. Grace incorporates this dragon-related crisis into the familiar Pride and Prejudice is truly amazing. It gives structure to this fully developed stand-alone book while hinting of what's to come in succeeding volumes of this series. Obviously, the romance between Darcy and Elizabeth has yet to heat up, but their interactions are a delight to read. There are lingering mysteries, because Longbourn (the dragon, that is) seems to have secrets he's hiding. And who booby-trapped a trunk in Netherfield with dragon venom? Is there another dragon lurking in the forest near Longbourn? Despite these questions, there's no annoying cliffhanger at the end of this book, which comes to a reasonable conclusion.