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Review: Heartstone by Elle Katherine White

Title: Heartstone

Author: Elle Katherine White

Genre: Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062451944 (Harper Voyager)

ISBN-13: 978-0062451941 (Harper Voyager)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms.

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

Quick & Dirty: Dragons and love….

Opening Sentence: I’d never seen an angry hobgoblin before.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Aliza is excited to know that the Riders are on the way to the Manor House especially after the death of one of her sisters by the gryphons. Until she meets Alaister who is pompous and rude, I mean he kicked Tobble the hobgoblin. Of course because he is a rider the hobgoblins are forced to apologize. However, she loves his Dragon Akara, she is everything Aliza has ever imagined about dragons.

When a simple excursion results in them being attacked and another of her sisters hurt, Aliza knows that the Riders have to deal with the gryphons. Next time she will be better prepared, and Aliza kills her first gryphon while out searching for a herb with the Riders. Just when she thinks their problems might be over, she is drawn in a far stranger battle, one that she isn’t quite prepared for.

Aliaster declares his love for her, and Aliza is downright shocked and refuses his proposal beleiving him to be the reason her sister’s romance has failed. It’s not until after she is visited by his dragon that she realizes how wrong she has gotten everything, and soon Aliza is on a mission to fix it all.

I must admit, I missed the comparison to Pride and Prejudice when I read what the book was about so I was expecting fantasy/historical fantasy and was not expecting romance. It was by far more romance than fantasy, but I did like the whole proper English dragonriders. I think the hobgoblins might have been my favorite characters though. I thought this was okay for a debut. I probably would have liked it more if I hadn’t been expecting something different.

I did like Aliza and much like Elizabeth in P&P she isn’t afraid to fight or take a stand. I loved Alaister’s dragon, she was pretty awesome. Overall, this was an interesting re-do, and I liked it for the most part.

Notable Scene:

One by one, the hobgoblins dropped their missiles and skins back into the garden chirping their disappointment. I snuck a peek at Daired. Covered in mud and blisteringly angry, the mad was a sight to make gargoyles tremble. He wiped the remains of one lucky shot from the corner of his mouth and spat on the ground. “What did you tell them?


FTC Advisory: Harper Voyager/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Heartstone. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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  1. Penny OlsonNo Gravatar

    Such a beautiful cover!

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