Thursday, April 11

Book Review: Pemberley - Mr Darcy's Dragon by Maria Grace

Author: Maria Grace
Title: Pemberley - Mr Darcy's Dragon
Series: Jane Austen's Dragons #1
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Romance, Retelling. P&P Variation
Format: ebook
Pages: 319
Published: October 31, 2016
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a dragon.

Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley has the good fortune to be in possession of the first English firedrake egg laid in a century. Or, at least, he was until some miscreant stole it.

Mr. Darcy tracks the thief to Hertfordshire. Catching the thief, however, proves to be an entirely different kettle of brimstone, especially when he encounters fellow Dragon Keeper, Miss Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn.

Elizabeth Bennet’s deep connection to dragons and remarkable grasp of their lore make her the ideal companion for finding the egg. It’s too bad that from their introduction she finds Darcy arrogant, conceited, and selfishly disdainful of the feelings
of others.

Time is running out for Darcy to win Elizabeth’s trust and recover the precious egg before it hatches, and the fragile peace between humans and dragons is lost forever.

Dragons and P&P variation? Yes pleasseeee!

Here we follow Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. We know them. We love them. Here we have our duo in a world filled with dragons. Mr Darcy's dragon egg was stolen (5$ if you can guess who) and now he is on the hunt to find it. His search leads him to Hertfordshire. Enter in Elizabeth who is a fellow Dragon Keeper. She has a deep connection with dragons and has a great understanding of the lore, so this makes her a great companion for finding the gg. Too bad she finds Darcy arrogant, conceited, and selfishly disdainful of the feelings for others. Time is running out, so Darcy will have to do what he can to make Elizabeth and her dragon trust him. If the egg hatches without a human to imprint on, then the fragile peace between humans and dragons could be severed. 

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo the first half of the book was dreadfully long for me. Loads of info-dumping and it seemed to drag on and on. I get it. Lots of set up and etc. If I'm being frank here....I nearly called it quits. However, there was the mystery of the egg that kept me going. 

I'm glad I did. I started really enjoying the tale especially during the Ball. The scene at the Ball and thereafter made me extremely interested to read book 2! And yes, I already have it stored and ready to go when I have the time. 

Oooo that ending was sad and evil. BUT in a good way. I for sure need to read more now. Gah!!!!!!!!

I still have some questions about this world and about the roles some of the characters have in it. Like the Bingleys. Hopefully we'll learn more in book 2. 

I was also really, really annoyed with Mr Bennet and Elizabeth. They literally jumped on Darcy from the moment he entered the room. Like...calm down a touch guys. It's not his fault the egg was stolen. But, to be fair, Darcy should've explained it right away on who he believes the thief is (even though he doesn't have 100% proof). The prejudice is super high in this rendition. By the end we do see they relent a little bit, but now Elizabeth is bitter. I can't explain why, but you'll see. Curious to see how it all turns out in the next book, because Elizabeth and Darcy have a lot of things to weed through to find their HEA. 

All-in-all, I ended up enjoying this. It was rough waters for me in the first half. Once we hit halfway I was attached and had to finish. With THAT ending, I am forced to read book 2 because I HAVE to know what happens next. Eeeeee. But yes, this was an interesting world we find our characters. Very interesting indeed. 3 stars from me. 

ONE WORD SUMMARY: (mmmmmmm....IDK for this one.....) Interesting?


Sophia Rose said...

The good news is that it only gets better from here with the sloggy info dumps and the extreme prejudices. :) I'm on a later book in the series and hope to get caught up for a Series in a Month challenge coming up.

Jen Twimom said...

I was going to say, "I thought you were already reading this series," but based on Sophia Rose's comments - I must have read a review from her. I like the idea of dragons and historical romance!

Northwoman said...

I loved this one so much! You'll have to read the first 3 books to get any satisfaction.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Carole Rae said...

Sophia, Yayy I can't wait to read book 2.

Jen, hahahaha

Anne, yesss I can't wait for book 2.

Blodeuedd said...

I love all PPs :D

Carole Rae said...

Me too!