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So I’ve been away from blogging land and social media for awhile and now it’s time I caught up on some reviews. Starting with, Heartstone by Elle Katherine White. This was introduced to me as a buddy read hosted by @litetally.ruth.mitchell on Instagram (way back in February, oops). She said, “If you like Lord of the Rings and Jane Austen this book is for you” and boy was she right. This book is a Pride and Prejudice retelling in a fantasy/ medieval-ish setting, with talking dragons, little hobgoblins and other fantastical creatures. So it basically its P&P in a LotR’s world and I’m here for it! It really feels like it’s own story and I don’t feel it is immediately recognisable as a Pride and Prejudice retelling (although it’s been a long time since I read P&P).
The world building in this is quite good. There is a bit of name droping and info dumping at the beginning but it’s not entirely complicated. It’s full of action, talking dragon’s and of course some romance.
The relationships and the dialogue are strong in this. Daired and Aliza really worked towards getting their happy ending. However while the relationships were strong, there were a few small things that I feel were missed out on. One of these were Daired’s sister, Julienna, and her dragon, Mar’esh. I loved this character. A strong young woman, who’s a little bit sassy and her equally strong dragon that she took an oath for and who she continued to stand beside, even after he was injured. Loved her.
Another character I would have loved to have read more about was Tobble and the other hobgoblins. He’s so much fun. There is a good few funny parts in this book.
All in all, I love this book. And although the following two books in this series have mixed review’s, I will certainly be picking up the next one soon.
Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉