Heartstone by Ella Katherine White – SFF WHIT
About: As our story opens, Aliza Bentaine is conversing with one of the many hobgoblins that live in the Merybourne Manor gardens. Without warning, a dragon alights nearby and the rider, Alistair Daired, rather rudely interrupts her conversation. (He kicks her friend across the garden!) The presence of the Rider is no mystery. As the saying goes – “A Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay” and Aliza’s neighborhood has more than its fair share of monsters. Aliza and her family are still mourning the death of her young sister, Rina, who was brutally slain by a gryphon just six months ago. The gryphon horde is still terrorizing the Manor and five Riders have been hired to come slay the monsters. In the meantime, Aliza’s mother is intent on finding suitable husbands for her daughters. Who better than dragon-riding warriors? But there is evil lurking in both human and monster form, threatening all that Aliza holds dear.
Roben Says: A retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – but with dragons! I LOVE dragons. And this story does not disappoint. It follows the original P&P rather faithfully so if you have read (or watched) that story, you will be familiar with the cast of characters. A few personalities have been tweaked a bit and, of course, all of the names. I think you will love learning what heartstones are. That and a land filled with magical creatures some fun twists to the plot. The author has done a great job of worldbuilding – if you enjoy fantastical romances with a familiar setting, give this a try. It’s a really quick read – perfect for spring break or summer vacation!
Even though this book is found in the Adult section of the library, it is totally appropriate for 7th grade and up.