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Dragonshadow : a Heartstone novel

Dragon shadow

A Heartstone novel ;
Title:
Dragonshadow : a Heartstone novel
Publisher Info:
New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Physical Description:
381 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Series:
A Heartstone novel ; [book 2]
Abstract:
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.

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"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.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Dropping the Jane Austen homage of her first book, Heartstone, White delivers another warm-hearted tale of romance and fantasy adventure. Healer Aliza and her new spouse, noble dragonrider Alastair Daired, must abandon their honeymoon plans when Lord Niall Selwyn asks Alastair to help find a murderer. Despite Alastair's misgivings, Aliza joins the mission with the backing of Alastair's dragon partner, Akarra. With strange reports of attacks by "unfamiliar beasts" and mysterious activity taking place in the old tunnels beneath Alastair's castle, it's clear someone, or something, is up to no good. Rumors say a very old, very dangerous power has returned, and the mystery deepens when the Daired party arrives at Castle Selwyn. Add the reappearance of an old enemy who should be dead and a mysterious wedding present that proves impossible to leave behind, and there are more than enough puzzles to be solved. Despite some uneven pacing, White's latest offers readers another fun foray into a land of dragons and mystery. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

White takes her Pride and Prejudice-inspired fantasy in a new direction with the sequel to Heartstone (2017). Aliza Daired, née Bentaine, mistress of House Pendragon, must face the first challenge of married life separation from her husband. Her new spouse, Alastair, the foremost rider in the kingdom, has received an urgent plea for help. He and his dragon have been commissioned to track and kill a beast responsible for the murder of several peaceful creatures in a northern holding. The local lord fears the worst when a young girl goes missing and seeks aid in protecting his people. Alastair accepts the contract, but Aliza simply cannot stand to stay behind while her husband faces danger alone. She convinces him to take her on the long flight north, but almost from the start their journey is fraught with peril whenever they land, monsters are waiting to attack. Something is tracking them, but how? And what awaits them at their ultimate destination? Hints to a mystery from the previous book leave the door open for another novel.--Lucy Lockley Copyright 2018 Booklist