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5.0 out of 5 starsJust read it on Kindle Unlimited & Had to Buy!
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2020
I just stumbled across this book on Kindle Unlimited, but since this is Kara Pleasants’ first published book I wanted to also buy it on Kindle as well. I’m a sucker for P&P ff, so when I cam across this one on KU I had to borrow it. The story follows P&P mostly - and uses a lot of the general dialogue - but there’s magic. And a huge twist at the end (I did NOT see this coming!) Think of it as a cross of Harry Potter & P&P, but in this version magic is known - and used - by almost everyone. As I posted on the author’s Facebook page, I could really see this being a series - there’s just so much going on. If you like P&P, I highly recommend!
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. The author is clearly a talented writer and storyteller, who knows how to develop her characters and plots. The P&P tale is adapted into the world of wizards and magicians, where almost everyone has some ability, and it's a part of everyday life. There is still social status and balls, but sometimes magical ability levels the playing field.
Darcy and Elizabeth meet in the usual way, but Darcy is a high ranking wizard, and Elizabeth has an unusual power that nobody knows about except her father, Jane, and the Gardiners. There is a threat from a powerful dark wizard that Darcy and his fellow wizards are trying to stop, and Elizabeth eventually gets involved. Darcy discovers her secret power, and Elizabeth becomes an important part of the process. Meanwhile, Darcy is falling in love with Elizabeth, but must overcome her dislike and prove himself.
The story has mystery, suspense, drama, villainy, betrayal, romance, and even faeries. The book kept my interest, but I felt that there was something missing. I didn't feel the chemistry building between Elizabeth and Darcy, since almost every encounter between them was a negative one. Also, a lot of the magical situations were described in a very confusing way. Sometimes things got pretty complicated, more complex than they needed to be, I felt.
However, the book is well written and well edited. I recommend it highly.
An absolutely marvelous and magical story. Inspired by Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice this story takes place Ina Regency England where magic exists. A combination of fairy tale, regency romance and mystery I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2020
Following the timeline of canon. The wizards Bingley and Darcy enter Meryton with low expectations finding anyone with great magical powers. Elizabeth, for instance, has none and her father has lost his.
England is threatened by a dark thief, stealing the magical powers of others and growing in strength. The hunt for the thief drives the book forward in addition to the relationship between ODC.
This was a lovely and magical variation of P&P and ODC. Lovely twists and turns and Intrigue - and magic! Love the concept explained in the last chapter re:ODC (no spoilers -you have to read the book for yourself to learn what I'm talking about). What a wonderful debut novel from Mrs. Pleasants. Hope to read more from her (if she has time given the amount of activities acting jobs as described in the "About the Author" section).
I loved everything about this story. The flawless weaving of magic in an Austen world kept me reading late into the night. I had first borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, but I just had to purchase it so I could have this book in my collection forever. Excited to read this story again and again.
5.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful New Fresh Take on a Classic
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2020
If you like Pride and Prejudice and also enjoy the magical fantasy genre then you will LOVE this book. The new, fresh take is done tastefully within the classic structure. I loved every minute reading.
Loved the originality. Enjoyed it very much and I would recommend it if you like some magic in a story. Nearly 5 stars. I just wish the ending had been more defined. What happened to the rest of the characters please? Seemed to be left 'hanging' for most characters except for ODC. Also Jane and Bingley were suddenly engaged in one sentence!! The battle of good and evil was very quick and didn't involve Elizabeth much either. Great book for a first try. Keep it up. I will certainly buy another by this author.