Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variations Series: Jane Austen’s Dragons Book #1
Published by White Soup Press on October 25, 2016
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
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England is overrun by dragons of all shapes and sizes. Most people are blissfully unaware of them and the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind. Only those born with preternatural hearing, like Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are able to hear and converse with dragonkind.When the first firedrake egg laid in a century is stolen from Pemberley, the fragile dragon peace teeters on collapse. Darcy has no choice but to chase down the thief, a journey that leads him to quaint market town of Meryton and fellow Dragon Keeper, Elizabeth Bennet. Elizabeth shares a unique bond with dragons, stronger than anything Darcy has ever experienced. More than that, her vast experience and knowledge of dragon lore may be the key to uncovering the lost egg. But Elizabeth can't stand Darcy's arrogance and doesn't trust him to care properly for a precious baby firedrake. After all, he already lost the egg once. What's to prevent it from happening again?Can he win her trust and recover the stolen egg before it hatches and sends England spiraling back into the Dark Ages of Dragon War?
Pride and Prejudice with dragons. How can I not want to give this a go? The interactions between humans, dragons, and those unable to hear dragons are a very original idea. My first book from this author, and I was pretty impressed with her extensive ability to pay attention to the details of the original story and the one she is creating. Being the first book, we are still learning about the interaction between keeper and dragon. Still, from what I can tell, Longbourn (dragon) and Mr. Bennett don’t care how their demands on Elizabeth suffocate her. With this being an audiobook, the variety of voices used to read the story enhanced my enjoyment as we met different types of dragons in the hunt for the stolen egg.
I recommend picking this one up for those who enjoy high fantasy with solid dragon lore but also love mash-ups with an Austen classic.