Have you ever imagined a Jane Austen novel happening on an alternative reality? On a world that is not exactly as we know it? Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon will not develop the idea on an alternative reality but you will need to have an open mind and accept that England is overrun by dragons of all shapes and sizes and that some people can not only hear, but also talk to them. These special people with what is called a preternatural hearing, work along with the dragons, who may take the shape of a bird or a cat, in order to maintain the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind, but that treaty is at a risk when the first firedrake egg laid in a century is stolen from Pemberley. In an attempt to recover it Mr. Darcy travels to Heartfordshire where he will meet a keeper that will enchant him and his dragon: Elizabeth Bennet.
If you are willing to accept this premise, I promise you will not let go of this book until you finish the trilogy! I had it on my TBR pile for ages but I was a little afraid of what I might find considering the original premise, however, as soon as I started reading it I got immersed in the story and all my fears disappeared.
Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon is so well written, and the characters so well-developed, including the several dragons in it, that I immediately felt transported into this world, and what may seem a strange reality was all of a sudden the only possible one.
The character development is in fact one of the aspects I cherished the most in this book. Elizabeth is what every heroine should be in a story such as this, smart, intuitive and brave; Mr. Darcy has more to him than what people give him credit for in this first book and I am looking forward to see him surprise everyone in the second volume; each dragon was very different from the other and incredibly similar to their own keeper, I enjoyed the traits each one of them revealed and I am a little curious to learn more about Longbourn (Dragons are named after their estate); and Mary was the best surprise I had in this book! Maria Grace gave Mary the well deserved relevance she never had in Pride and Prejudice and made her one of the most important and loved Bennet sisters in this novel. I think Mary deserves the role the author gave her and once again I truly hope that we will see more of her in the next volumes.
In this book you will find an original and compelling story that will grab your attention from the beginning and whose adventure and mystery is addicting.
My only quibble with this book was the small amount of romance between Darcy and Elizabeth. I’m sure this is something that we will see more developed in the next books, but I would have liked to see them more in love in this first volume.
If you are trying to get away from the same stories for a while and feel the need for something a little different, I highly recommend this book. It will require an open mind but the characters are true to themselves, even Mr. Bennet who got to my nerves, and you will find yourself completely rendered to it.
Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon is not like anything I have ever read and you will not regret reading it.
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Maria Grace has just released Netherfield: Rogue Dragon, the third volume in the Jane Austen’s Dragons series, and to celebrate it she is offering the reader’s choice of one of the three books. To enter the giveaway comment on this post and click on this link to formalise your entry. Don’t forget to visit From Pemberley to Milton next Thursday for a guest post from Maria Grace where she will talk a little more about this series, and another chance to win one of these books 🙂
Good Luck everyone!