Welcome back to my second Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here’s today’s pick:
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
Description (from Goodreads):
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.
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Why I’m Waiting: it’s Pride and Prejudice with dragons, you guys. I never knew I needed this until I saw the synopsis. I love all things Austen and all things dragon, so this one’s right up my alley. I’m very interested to see how the author balances the original story with this new fantastical setting. It will also be interesting to see how some of the other characters from the original novel play in, or if they show up at all. How would Lydia Bennet react to dragons? How would LADY CATHERINE react to dragons? What about Mr. Collins?! I need to know these things!
What are you waiting on this lovely Wednesday?