Dragons Beyond the Pale Published by White Soup Press on April 17, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / General, Fiction / Mashups
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Smugglers. A kidnapping. A fire-breathing fairy dragon? The Blue Order is falling apart at the seams. After months in Bath mentoring Dragon Keepers and Friends, Dragon Sage Elizabeth Darcy actually anticipates traveling to London for the =Keeper's Cotillion. Which says a great deal considering the she-dragons who make up the Cotillion board would very much like to show the Sage her proper place.The she-dragons, though, are no match for what Sir Fitzwilliam Darcy finds waiting for him in London. Threats to the Order on every side, and Lord Matlock demands he keep them secret from Elizabeth. No one keeps secrets from Elizabeth.Darcy manages to keep matters under control until a fairy-dragon's prank unleashes sinister forces who perpetrate an unthinkable crime that could spell the end of the Pendragon Accords and usher in a new age of dragon war.In the meantime, Anne and Frederick Wentworth arrive in London with hopes of finally being accepted in good Blue Order society, unaware of the burgeoning maelstrom about to engulf them.Can Elizabeth and Darcy, with the Wentworths' help, restore balance to the Blue Order before the dragons decide to take matters into their own talons and right the wrongs themselves?
A delightful mix of original characters and plot while keeping true to the inspiration from Jane Austen. Dragons beyond the pale are full of nail-biting action, politics, and the frustration of females in this era is crucial to the tale. As with each new book, we learn more about the world of dragons and the Blue Order. In this novel, we find water dragons and the abuse of the smaller dragons that are looked down on.
There is a kidnapping, and the blue order does not seem to care that one of the essential female Keepers needs to be found. Dragons Beyond The Pale is the seventh book in the series, and while long series seem to lose momentum, this one has not, and I eagerly want to continue with the tale.