I have been a huge fan of Maria Grace’s Jane Austen’s Dragons series, so reading Kellynch: Dragon Persuasion was not an option; I simply had to read it.
While The Dragons of Kellynch is a prequel to Persuasion, showing us Anne and Wentworth’s lives a few years before the events start in canon, Kellynch: Dragon Persuasion continues that story and goes through the events we already know from Austen’s work.
One of the things I found more interesting about this book was how the story followed canon without re-creating the same events. The dragons have obviously a major role in this book, and because of them, the events that allow the story to progress are very different from the ones we see in Persuasion, yet very similar in their essence, which gives this book a refreshing sense of familiarity and surprise at the same time.
In this last book of the Jane Austen’s Dragons series, we are introduced to another major dragon, Kellynch, and surprisingly he is a very different type of dragon! In fact, this book’s key breakthrough was the introduction of many different types of dragons, foreigners who did not know the Blue Order rules (or decided to ignore them), dragon twins, and maritime dragons! If we think about it, because this book is set in Persuasion and Captain Wentworth is a seaman, it would make sense to have sea dragons, but I never really considered it. Maria Grace did a wonderful job at incorporating them in this story, and most of all, in taking advantage of their existence to provide Anne and Wentworth an incredible happily ever after ending.
Mr. and Mrs Darcy are also present in this book and I loved the fact that Maria Grace took the opportunity to bring characters from the previous books into this last instalment. Especially towards the end of the book Mrs. Darcy’s character gives the story an extra charm that made me appreciate it even more.
I was expecting to see more romance between Anne and Wentworth, but their support for one another was satisfying enough, and as always this book is not romance centric, it is a tale of adventure and fantasy.
As for the dragons, I cannot say I loved Kellynch as much as I loved the previous major dragons but Laconia continued to make me smile. I loved his insistence concerning who the right mate for Wentworth was, and his despise for dragon deaf humans, particularly the ones present in Lyme.
Kellynch: Dragon Persuasion is an entertaining book with a writing style that pulls the reader right into the story. I have enjoyed it immensely and I can only wonder if Maria Grace will now bring the dragons into other Austen’s novels. If you’ve read the previous books in this series, you have to read this one. You cannot go without meeting Kellynch 🙂
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