Series: Jane Austen’s Dragons, Book 2
Author: Maria Grace
Narrator: Benjamin Fife
Publication Date: December 4, 2019
Genres: Historical Fantasy
From the author—
Darcy thought his problems were over when Pemberley hatched and successfully imprinted on humans. But baby dragons prove far more difficult than any dragon lore prepared him for. Only Elizabeth Bennet’s notes offer him any help. When his imperious Aunt Catherine takes matters into her own hands, things take a turn for the worse and Pemberley’s life hangs in the balance. He desperately needs more of Elizabeth’s help, but she ignores all of his requests.
Elizabeth, though, has problems of her own. After the Bennet family dragon sent Pemberley away, life at Longbourn was supposed to return to normal and Elizabeth get on with the all-important business of marrying the heir to her father’s estate. Except that he is the last man in the world whom she could ever be prevailed on to marry – a bumbling, addle-pated dragon-hater who demands she gives up the dragons she lives for.
Can she, with the help of her dragon friends, find her way back to Pemberley before they both suffer their fate from the Dragon Entail?
You could say that Darcy is suffering the trials of single fatherhood only the baby involved is a dragon, not a human, and there aren’t a lot of folks around who can offer experience and advice. The infant Pemberley is unhappy at being apart from Elizabeth to whom she’s very attached. As for Elizabeth, who does have more experience and a better connection to the scaled creatures, other matters are keeping her occupied, not the least of which is an arranged marriage that she really doesn’t want. Mr. Collins is entirely unsuitable. especially considering his views on dragons but, oddly enough, the Bennet estate’s landed dragon, the crabby Longbourn, is adamant that this marriage should happen.
Elizabeth is a woman ahead of her time, resistant to the societal controls that keep her from making the most important life choices for herself and Darcy still has remnants of his former arrogance and dismissal of the less wealthy Bennets but the two are drawn more and more towards each other. Meanwhile, the infamous Wickham seems to be up to something that does not bode well for anyone. Numerous plot threads intertwine but it’s all fun and I adore the many different dragons, each with his or her own distinctive personality.
This alternate Regency universe created by Maria Grace, with more than a little help from Jane Austen, continues to be immensely intriguing and compelling and, as with the first book in the series, I’m enchanted with the characters, human and dragon, and with Benjamin Fife’s impeccable narration and particularly with his vocalizations of the various dragons. I’m moving on now to the third book, Netherfield, with great anticipation.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, February 2020.
About the Author
Five time BRAG Medallion Honoree and #1 best selling Historical Fantasy author, Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time.
She writes gaslamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction.
About the Narrator
Benjamin Fife has always had a passion for learning. With a mind that remembers all sorts of numbers and useless trivia, he regularly wins local radio shows and enjoys confusing people with sci-fi quotes.
Fife grew up in Southeast Idaho. He attended college at Idaho State University, where he met his future wife in their music theory class. They have been married nearly 20 years and now have six children and a whole menagerie of animals. When their oldest daughter was three or four years old they started reading aloud from novels every night at bedtime, and have continued the tradition ever since. The family loves exploring various worlds and topics through Fife’s wonderful reading skills, which get better every year. They all have his Christmas Carol voices memorized (and the older kids are known to quote along with portions), since he has read it to them every December.
Benjamin enjoys all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy – both books and shows, is an extreme eclectic music lover, and prefers his chocolate to be of the 90% cocoa variety. Above all, he loves to be with his family. He loves recording audio books, and is delighted to tell people, “I’ve finally found what I want to be when I grow up!”
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Custom Statue of the Dragon, ‘Pemberley’