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England is overrun by dragons of all shapes and sizes. Most people are blissfully unaware of them and the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind. Only those born with preternatural hearing, like Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are able to hear and converse with dragonkind.  

When the first firedrake egg laid in a century is stolen from Pemberley, the fragile dragon peace teeters on collapse. Darcy has no choice but to chase down the thief, a journey that leads him to quaint market town of Meryton and fellow Dragon Keeper, Elizabeth Bennet.    

Elizabeth shares a unique bond with dragons, stronger than anything Darcy has ever experienced. More than that, her vast experience and knowledge of dragon lore may be the key to uncovering the lost egg. But Elizabeth can’t stand Darcy’s arrogance and doesn’t trust him to care properly for a precious baby firedrake. After all, he already lost the egg once. What’s to prevent it from happening again?  

Can he win her trust and recover the stolen egg before it hatches and sends England spiraling back into the Dark Ages of Dragon War?  

Jane Austen meets Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern. A must-listen for Pern fans.

©2016 Maria Grace (P)2019 Maria Grace

What listeners say about Pemberley: Mr. Darcy's Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

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A great Dragon inspired Pride and Prejudice story!

You must allow me to tell you how ardently I love and admire this entire series. It has completely occupied all my spare time since I saw this first book in the series, here at Audible. The personalities and foibles of all the characters Dragon and Human are what makes this so entrancing. Their entire society is well thought out and expressed. I enjoyed it too much to wait for the rest of the series to be released in audio format. But per the author they are going to released soon. The narration was very good. I did find The voice of April the Fairy Dragon to be quite irritating . Even though that’s exactly how she was described, I wish Mr. Fife hadn’t been so exacting in his portrayal. There is a prequel, A Proper Introduction to Dragons, in Kindle Unlimited, it could be read at any time. I read it first and I’m glad I did. It gave so many insights into the Dragon Accords, The Order and the different dragons that it enhanced my enjoyment and understanding in this book and the rest of the series.

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Enchanting

What a fun story! I love Jane Austin and this fan fiction of Pride and Prejudice uses so much of her original story to tell a delightful and very different story. The narrator is very clever, while the original characters sound like they are straight from the BBC the dragons voices are enchanting and believable. I loved it!

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Great Story, can hear the narrator breath

I didn't like that we could here it when the narrator took a breath and there were many places where else the pause was insanely long. I will say he was amazing at the difference voices. The story was good. for the most part I could overlook the breaths. I enjoyed the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth in this book. I loved the dragons, they were such great characters. While this bookndoes not leave you with a cliffhanger, it does leave at a place where you know there should be more story.

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An exciting variation on a classic!

Disclaimer: I received this book as a free review copy from the narrator. Thank you very much. The story:This book follows part of the basic plot of Pride and Prejudice as the synopsis suggests, however there are dragons living in England; many lesser dragons live wild while some have imprinted on a human at hatching and live with them. Great efforts are made to make sure that every great dragon (the ones powerful enough to ravage human society) that hatches imprints on a human keeper according to the agreement made between humans and dragons after a great war. They also strive to hide the existence of dragons from the humans that cannot hear them for fear that they will try to kill the dragons and reignite the fighting. The main conflict of this first book begins when the egg of one of the major dragons, a fair drake, is stolen from its future keeper Fitzwilliam Darcy and he enlists the help of POV character Elizabeth Bennet (handler of a wyvern) and her dragon to help find it. I quite liked this book and look forward to the next one in the series. It's well written and the characters have a decent amount of depth to them. The addition of dragons to a classic story like Pride and Prejudice makes for a very interesting tale. If you like dragon stories I highly recommend checking this out. If you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice it wouldn't hurt to give this story a try. The narrator: Benjamin Fife is a joy to listen to. This was my first time being exposed to his narration and I'm glad I've given it a chance. Most of his character voices are perfect (the only ones I didn't care for were the young children he voiced at the beginning of the book). I look forward to his narration of the remainder of the books in this series!

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Wonderful

I love reading in general, but absolutely love any book that has dragons in it. having read Pride and Prejudice just made this more enjoyable. You never know what adding a dragon into the story. I am so happy my mom recommended these books to me! I absolutely love them.

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A New Exciting Twist on an Old Classic

I loved this story. It is an exciting beginning to Pride & Prejudice dragon style. The story is imaginative as it follows the classic. We have a lost dragon egg, a grumpy old dragon, fairy dragons, and a stuffy Mr. Darcy who finds the heir of Longburn a fascinating woman. He finds there isn't a dragon around that doesn't love Elizabeth Bennet, including is own companion dragon. I would love to review the rest of the these audiobooks and I have recommended this story to my friends.

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Cute Story

The story overall was good, but the narrator spoke so fast as if someone was chasing him!

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A delightful mashup of our beloved P&P and fantasy

I bought this book without even reading the overview, purely due to the title, “Mr Darcy’s Dragon”. I mean...perfection!!! My two most favorite fictional characters/subjects in one book; And it did NOT disappoint! Mrs. Grace kept the to the story arc and timeline of the classic Pride & Prejudice, as well as stay true to the characters we all know so well. At the same time, she broadened the story in a such a clever way, as if throwing open a door hitherto locked. The dragons’ characters and background are developed just as carefully and intertwined with the original story with precision and great skill. It was so easy to accept the retelling because of this. The story line for this book ends when Darcy leaves Netherfield Park, and just before Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth. The book is read by Benjamin Fife who is wonderfully talented. His voices for the characters are very well done and as described by the author. He has the beautiful English accent and similar handsome tones of Colin Firth so I could happily listen to him all day and night. Now I am scrambling for the cash to buy the next books in the series for I must know what happens next! I will happily encourage everyone who adores Jane Austin books, particularly Pride & Prejudice as well as fantasy and dragons to read this book. I’m certain it will become a favorite.

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this story could make a listener a dragon fan

I read the second book before this one and love it. This book not only filled in the gaps but added deep context to the characters and color to the period when it took place. Extremely well written and narrated the story embraces you so well in detail and and the descriptive setting that you feel that you are actually witnessing the events.

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Dragons!

Reader Alert!! If you’re a Jane Austen purist, meaning you can’t bear to have someone mess with your favorite characters, having them do things Jane Austen didn’t intend, you need to walk away. Now, you’d think a purist would never dream of reading this book since it has a dragon right there on the cover but I’ve actually seen a few reviews by people who complained mightily about this retelling, particularly the dragons, even though they had to know what was coming. Why read them if you can’t stand the idea? Sheesh. Normally, I’d save my comments regarding the narration till the end of my review but I have to bring it up now. Mr. Fife is purely amazing with the widest range of vocalizations I’ve heard in a long time and he truly breathes life into a story that’s already wonderful. His dragons are especially well done; when I first heard his interpretation of the tiny April, I was so taken with it—and her—that I had to pull off the side of the road and listen again without the distraction of driving. That wasn’t an anomaly as I soon discovered when other dragons spoke, each in a very distinctive voice. Even if I didn’t love this story, I would still have to listen to Mr. Fife’s rendition. Ms. Grace’s worldbuilding is brilliant with much attention to detail. This is a sort of alternate universe but still with the trappings of Regency England, just with dragons, and we have the bones of Pride and Prejudice if not the exact story. For hundreds of years, dragons and humans have co-existed peaceably and each estate has its own landed dragon, named for the estate. In addition to the landed dragons, Ms. Grace has created a myriad of others of all types and sizes and they kept my attention psyched up. Darcy and Lizzy are, of course, the main players on the human side and they sort of tiptoe around each other at first, much like in the original story. They have a mutual interest that takes precedence over any awkwardness and that’s the retrieval of the stolen dragon egg, legacy of the firedrake named Pemberley. If that egg hatches without a human present, the baby won’t imprint and the long-lasting treaty will be broken. I can’t come up with sufficient praise for Pemberley other than to say I thoroughly enjoyed it and it’s the first book I’ll be putting on my list of best books read in 2020. Now, on to the second book, Longbourn 🐉

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  • Susannah
  • 07-14-19

A Riveting listen.

Who knew that dragons could slot so easily into the world of Jane Austen? This fantasy adventure is action packed from beginning to end while still following much of the storyline from Pride and Prejudice. The narration was fabulous and the range of character voices worked really well and were consistent. The narration was well paced and kept you engrossed in the story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Pride and Prejudice variations and the fantasy genre. Can't wait to listen to the next installments!

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  • Gillian M
  • 07-07-20

Excellent Pride & Prejudice with dragons combo

Pride & Prejudice is my favourite Jane Austen book and I love anything to do with dragons so I was curious to see how Maria Grace’s P&P variation would turn out. ‘Pemberley: Mr Darcy’s Dragon (Jane Austen’s Dragons Book 1)’ is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Austen’s P&P characters are there and the original construct has been used as a loose framework that Maria Grace has then interwoven with a rich tapestry of dragons and dragon lore in an alternative universe and added a quest, a mystery, action, intrigue, humour. Elizabeth and Darcy’s characters develop a greater depth. Mr Bennet and Mary’s characters are expanded as they play much bigger roles. In fact Mr Bennet’s flaws, which are implied in Austen’s book, are magnified and developed by Grace as an integral part of her storyline. Elizabeth and Mr Bennett still have a ‘special relationship’, but it is bound up with dragon keeping and there is no real sympathy for or attempt at understanding of his daughter’s feelings so we don’t see any tenderness. I love the variety of dragons and their various personalities. It is fascinating how they interact with different humans depending on whether the humans can hear/understand and converse with dragons or aren’t able to hear/understand dragons but are susceptible to dragon suggestion ‘spells’. Anyone who is ‘dragon deaf’ and is to inherit an estate where a dragon has its keep presents a big problem. The Audible book adds that extra dimension and really brings this story to life. Benjamin Fife does a superb job with the narration producing an extensive repertoire of different voices for the human and dragon characters. I really enjoyed listening to this first instalment of a three-part story and am looking forward to the second book.

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  • Jean Smith
  • 12-17-20

What a wonderful dragonly rendition.

I totally loved this version of Pride and Prejudice. The injection of dragons into the tale proved very entertaining. While the author was able to maintain the personalities of the original cast of characters she did an awesome job at bringing the various dragons to life as well. The selection of the narrator can only be described as most fitting. He has a wonderful wealth of voices to add to the characters. Can't wait to listen to the next.

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  • Angel Cross
  • 09-28-20

Lovely tale about dragons

This is a wonderful tale of dragons and their Keepers. As Mr. Darcy works hard to find his stolen dragon, another dragon Keeper must work hard to save her family's estate. Great world building. The characters are well described and the story flows smoothly. A wonderful adventure and a fantastic escape from the real world. The narration was wonderfully done and brought further life to the story.

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  • fred jones
  • 09-24-20

A Glorious Novel

Love this story, the author has created a wonderful world and has Jane Austen's style perfectly. The Dragon's seem to fit as if they have always been part of the story. Longbourn and Pemberley as Dragon's. Darcy and Bennet as dragon keepers it is such a fabulous idea. There is a touch of mystery that is unresolved for the next book which I have already got. The narrator is a joy wonderful range of voices for the humans and Dragons perfect delivery enhances the enjoyment even more. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.

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  • Mark
  • 09-22-20

I didn't know dragons were my thing.

Having never really gone into the fantasy dragon genre before, the only references to dragons have been from Shrek and Lord of the Rings and I'll be the first to admit that's probably not the greatest examples of dragon lore. However, I did really enjoy this book and I feel a know dragons, and their attitudes, a little better as a result. I know at least some "history" now and explains, why, at times dragons are the focus in other stories of ferociousness and the need to hunt a dragon. If dragon lore doesn't match up completely, it's certainly given me additional views and deeper understanding of other stories that have dragons in them. I wanted to listen to more of this audio book in one go. Unfortunately, the faerie dragon have a really high-pitched voice and the ear-buds I was listening with would cause me to wince more than a few times. It's not super bad, as it's only the fairy dragon dialog, and partly my fault. Regardless I ended up playing most of the audio book while in the car so took me a little longer than I would have liked to enjoy the story. Looking forward to the second book now. I didn't know dragons were my thing.

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  • Nadine Vrijhof
  • 09-14-20

An original Pride and Prejudice Variation

The narrator: he was easy to follow. All the voices were very understandable, which is harder than it seems! So that was really good. And he did the voices in a humorous way. He did sound a bit… I don’t know the English term; we call it ‘hot potato in the throat’ in Dutch, like there’s something in the throat making the voice deep and the words originate audibly from deep within the throat. That meant I had to get used to the voice, but once I was used to it, it was good, pleasant. The story: I normally don’t care for Pride and Prejudice variations, because Jane Austen did it best. But this was such a different spin on it, with the dragons, that I was intrigued. And it was fun!!! A lot of fun!!! At least, it started out that way… It did follow the lines of Jane Austen’s book, so there were some bits very familiar. But the way the dragons were worked in I thought was original. But: it was a bit too similar in terms of the romance part. But on the other hand, in the bits that were new, the people interacted out-of-character. The way Mr. Bennett and Darcy were arguing very fervently, I didn’t like that. Bennett calling Darcy a fool to his face? And more conversations were somewhat harsher than the characters I know and a bit too harsh for that time, the 19th century. It annoyed me because it wasn’t necessary. And some parts were drawn out to the point of me thinking, move on with it! A bit slow. So the romance parts were somewhat boring because Jane Austen did that and better, and the dragon parts were interesting but not enough to lift the whole thing. A strange mix. I think it would have been better to write a dragon story with new people. Or make it really different from the original. Now the romance bits are sometimes literally Jane Austen’s words. I had expected more about the search for the egg. And not so much a search-while-normal-life-goes-on. I don’t know how to explain it, but I had expected more. But it got better. I still preferred the bits about the dragons over the bits that weren’t any different from what Jane Austen wrote. I’m sorry, but if I want to read that, I’ll get my old copy by Jane Austen out! The romance is just too literal! I’d have liked the focus to be more on the dragons. Yet I kept on listening! *** Spoiler alert *** Elizabeth and Darcy didn’t find the egg. The egg was found, but not by them and I think it would have been better if Elizabeth had found it. *** END OF SPOILER *** A bit anticlimactic for me. The bones of a good story were definitely there! But it should have been more about the search. BTW, the romance is not finished yet. We’re maybe halfway.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-25-20

I loved it!!!!!

I enjoyed listening to this book so much. At times I laughed so hard that I had to stop what I was doing until I stopped laughing, sometimes only to start again soon after gaining my composure. This is the first Jane Austen type story that I've ever read or listened to. By type, I mean Jane Austen's own stories or variations of them. I thoroughly enjoyed it all the same. What piqued my interest was the mention of dragons, something that has intrigued me for quite some time. both the writer, Maria Grace, and the narrator, Benjamin Fife, did an excellent job with the story.

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  • nerak
  • 06-11-20

Brilliant, Absorbing and Fascinating

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review. What a wonderful adaptation of the original Pride and Prejudice novel. This was a delight and joy to listen to. I have always loved fantasy novels and dragons are a big part of that love, so combining the wit and social commentary of Jane Austen with the temperamental agitation of having dragons in your life was a fantastic adventure for me. Maria has managed to combine the two elements into a beautiful retelling of Elizabeth and Darcy, using their original characters to develop through the advent of being dragon keepers. Keeping the ideals of Austen clear in the story while incorporating a whole new world of dragons and dragon lore is not an easy thing to do, and I greatly admire the author for attempting this. I have given five stars for everything because I cannot fault the writing, the performance or the adaptation. I am sure that some people will comment that Austen's work should not be meddled with, but I do not care. The results of this meddling are too delightful for me to fault in any way. Benjamin Fife does a lovely job of giving each dragon its own voice, from squeaking and high pitched to full-throated roaring. He also develops a tone for both Elizabeth and Darcy that match their characters. I will point out for those of you expecting it to complete the same way as Pride and Prejudice, it is the first of a series so do not expect Elizabeth and Darcy's story to come to its end in this installment.

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  • Sandra W
  • 05-28-20

Astoundingly clever & well thoughtout reimagining!

Who would of thought dragons and mythology would infuse so seemlessly into a timeless classic, one as renowned as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and simply work to such an ingeniously fascinating degree. The charm and essence of Pride and Prejudice remains at the plot's core, with Grace sticking to it's key milestones as a framework, but the intrigue and depth added by the inclusion of dragons and the exclusively secret society and lore that bides them, has been seemlessly interwoven throughout to great effect and much satisfaction. Crafting a uniquely refreshing take with a new insight and dimension to the original. Subtle wit and recognisable Austen quotes suck you into the world, add familiarity and comfort, while undeniably putting a smile on your face. Yet this variation makes you think more deeply about the original characters, as you begin to see them in a new light and through fresh eyes, but in the most part, they still retain their distinctive integrity and quintessence of character Austen gave them. Elizabeth's kindness and intuitive connection to dragons and Darcy's obviously, gradually crumbling, arrogance makes for absorbing reading as his readily dismissive tendencies towards Elizabeth and in particular her beguillingly outspoken interferences begin to distort and shape his first impressions due to regular, if unwanted, further acquaintance, as they begrudging cross verbal swords, while attempting to solve the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Pemberley, Darcy's missing dragon(egg). As Darcy finds himself increasingly in awe of Elizabeth, mainly because of her instinctual skill with dragons and her quiet intelligence; Elizabeth's misinterpretations of Darcy's nature, in contrast, begin to cloud her judgement but nevertheless draw her notice regardless, creating (that much loved) delightful tension between the pair!! Overall, a wonderful variation that really captivates and paints a clear picture about a truly intriguing world. One that is only embellished by it's wonderful narration. [Especially in the characterisation of the dragons as each one is amazingly different and uniquely distinctive. I admit it took me a little while to become atuned to Fife's voice, but it's warmth soon shone through and settled into a soothing timbre that really enlivened and enriched the story. Projecting life into the tale - effectively sinking its talons into me and sucking me into Grace's world, from the very first dragon Fife gave voice to and continued to hold my attention until his last word] In addition, I don't even mind the surprise that Mr Bennet isn't portrayed as the lovable, supportive, father we all know and love as he is a bit hard to find favour with in this version or that the open and close relationship between Elizabeth and Jane isn't really depicted as I just loved the fact Mary got a voice beyond the overlooked and ridiculed, serious, sister. A really captivating book that I'm glad I got to experience in audio. It was so easy to become lost in and wholeheartedly invested in, Grace's Austen/dragon infused world. Written by an author I have never had the pleasure of coming across before but have grown to love her style of writing, vivid descriptions and compelling creativity. Desperately eager to hear the next installment in book 2; highly recommended book especially in this format!!! *Please note, this book does end on a cliffhanger but satisfactorily solves the intertwined mystery first!*

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  • Bel
  • 12-11-20

A great book but tough to narrate

This is a really fun series, the world building is clever and thoroughly done so that Dragons are not just an added quirk to spin a classic but necessary and functional. It's a tough book to narrate because of the dragons (fairy dragons are horribly squeeky) and the weird not quite British accent (and the resulting unusual pronunciations) irked me no end but I also couldn't out it down. Persist, it's worth it.

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 12-08-20

The werè version of pride and prejudice.

As many supernatural writers often proclaim, humans don't see what is before there nose, so anything supernatural is written off with some logical explanation. So, we are now, through new eyes, seeing the story from those who can 'hear' point of view. What they 'hear' are dragons. Our favorite love match, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy both can 'hear', as do some of the Bennett family. The problem of stolen dragon egg is the basis for Mr Darcy venturing into Miss Bennett's domicile. I love the narrator's vocalizations characters, especially for the Dragons. Yes, this explains a lot, in such a way, I believe Miss Austen would have approved.