“White’s 2017 debut, Heartstone, fused epic fantasy with the manners of Jane Austen so perfectly, she basically created a whole new sub-genre. The sequel picks up the charm offensive where the first book left off.” – B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy Blog
The author of Heartstone once again infuses elements of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic in this addictive fantasy that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world.
The Battle of North Fields is over—or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants to believe. But rumors are spreading of an unseen monster ravaging the isolated Castle Selwyn on the northern border of the kingdom. When she and Alastair are summoned from their honeymoon by the mysterious Lord Selwyn, they must travel with their dragon Akarra through the Tekari-infested Old Wilds of Arle to answer his call.
And they are not alone on this treacherous journey. Shadowing the dragonriders is an ancient evil, a harbinger of a dark danger of which the Worm was only a foretaste. And soon Aliza realizes the terrible truth: the real war is only beginning.
About the Author
A textbook introvert who likes to throw out the (metaphorical) textbook every once in a while just to see what happens, Elle Katharine White grew up in Buffalo, New York, where she learned valuable life skills such as how to clear a snowy driveway in under twenty minutes and how to cheer for the perennial underdog. When she’s not writing, she spends her time drinking tea, loitering in libraries and secondhand bookshops, and dreaming of world travel. Heartstone is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Writing a successful sequel is a difficult feat, particularly for young authors. Fortunately, Ms. White delivers on the promise she showed in Heartstone. And then some. Dragonshadow continues the story of Aliza and Alastair as newlyweds, continuing to face the monsters that occupy Arle. I'm not a spoiler guy, so suffice it to say that Dragonshadow is a well-written page-turner. A very worth sequel!
For those of you who don’t know, Heartstone is a Pride and Prejudice retelling with Dragons! Its amazing and I love it! But, Pride and Prejudice has no sequel so I had no idea what to expect when reading Dragonshadow. (I didn’t even read the synopsis, it was a complete blind read!) I was wary because I would have hated it if they played the “you can’t truly be in love after only knowing each other for a month” card. It would have killed me if Aliza and Daired (Lizzy and Darcy) fought constantly and didn’t have a good marriage. Thankfully tho, I needn’t have worried. They had some spats and some obstacles in their relationship, but for the majority of the book their relationship was strong, and the plot didn’t revolve around issues between the two of them. The main issue I had with both Dragonshadow and Heartstone was that they didn’t give descriptions of the magical creatures. I knew what Dragons and Wyverns were but I didn’t know what Beoryns were. In the context of Heartstone I thought they were some type of Dragon. It wasn’t until my re-read / buddy read with Phil that I found out they are actually bear-type creatures. In Heartstone it didn’t effect the story but in Dragonshadow I missed the big reveal because I didn’t know what one of the creatures was. It was easy enough to google and get caught up, but no one wants to stop reading right at the climax in order to google stuff! It ruins the effect. Despite having to google the mythical creatures, I really loved Dragonshadow. It was a great mix of romance, action, adventure, and world building. Even though Elle Katharine White doesn’t explain the creatures, she sure as hell knows how to build a world. I love all the different people and cultures. You can tell each and every person has their own story and you only get a glimpse into their lives as Aliza and Daired pass through. There was a slight cliffhanger at the end of this book, but there was still a definite finish to the main story line, so I didn’t mind. It was very well done. (I may have complained about it to Phil but that was because I had just finished The Wicked King as well, and between the two books I swear the authors are trying to kill me!)