Author: Elle Katharine White
Pub. Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Formats: Paperback eBook
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and 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.
Elle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes (a lot easier than you think) and how to cheer for the perennial underdog (a lot harder than you think).
When she's not writing she spends her time reading, drinking absurd amounts of tea, having strong feelings about fictional characters, and doing her best to live with no regrets.
Connect with her on Facebook at @ellewhite.author, or witness the hilarious spectacle that is a writer contending with the 140-character limit on Twitter at @elle_k_writes.
Q and A with Elle:1. When did you first discover Jane Austen?Pride and Prejudice was required reading for English class my senior year of high school. Despite being a romantic at heart, I’d made it almost eighteen years without spoilers, so I went into it without any idea of what was going to happen. Good grief, I was so deep into the story I think I actually shouted at Darcy during his first proposal. Needless to say, it was love from page one.
2. What made you decide to cross dragons with Pride and Prejudice?Lazy Sunday afternoons and housemates with good taste in movies are a magical combination. I was rereading Pride and Prejudice while my housemate watched How to Train Your Dragon. Halfway through the movie I had a sudden image of Mr. Darcy riding a dragon and, well, that was that. I started writing HEARTSTONE that night.
3. Would you rather be a dragonrider or a healer?Dragonrider. Hands down. First, there’s flying. (Plot twist: I’m terrified of heights, but here’s assuming my hypothetical dragon would be good at catching. So it’d work out.) Second, it’d make for an epic commute to work, and who doesn’t want that? Third, heated seats.
Oh, and also there’s FLYING.
4. Would you ever listen to advice on romance from Aliza's mother?I’d take her advice with several tablespoons of salt, but yes, I’d listen to Moira Bentaine. She has lots of life experience, and hiding beneath her theatrics is a fair bit of well-earned wisdom.
5. What's the best romantic advice you've ever received?“It’s not about you.” In life and in love, that’s the best advice I’ve ever gotten.
Awesome, I CAN'T WAIT to read this book!
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