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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

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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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Fun story

Great fun story. But In the audio, chapter 11 at 2.35 there is a pause in the audio and it goes on until 2.42. Other then that it’s a fun little story. Worth the credit.

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Great story from a good series.

Enthusiastically recommend series I just loved this book so much. This dragon world is one l would love to be part of. Pemberley was pulling my heartstrings with her attachment issues. I have an audible copy too, l have listened over and over.
The narrator is fantastic with his voices and l look forward to listening to more books by him.

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“Mr. Darcy” and dragons, perfect match!

I had a lot of trouble getting into this story, don’t know why, it’s not your classical infodump you can get with epic fantasy or in this case historical fantasy but for some reason I didn’t connect right away. I suspect the amount of people in “the opening scene” throw me off guard.

I absolutely love the narrator’s ability to give life to this story. I might have had a rough start but that had nothing to do with how it is narrated. Dialogues aren’t just super easy to follow, they sound so natural and captivating. The British accent complements the story beautifully too.

This is a very captivating story, it had more of a fairy tale feel to it than a classical tale. I love the concept of how people and dragons are sort of intertwined with eachother. The use of storytelling to children is a wonderful technique of worldbuilding. Captivating story, extra life through the comments of the children. And that is only my enthousiasme for the first chapter!
The historical setting explains the need for a male “lord of the house”. Which is a problem when your estate is one of the places where dragons live and are cared for. Not cared for as with other animals that would be pets. No, dragons are not pets. They merely need a bit of assistance with hiding amongst the people that are clueless of there existence. It might be historical setting for us but the Victorian like setting is much more modern than most of the dragon tales are so it feels quite believable that dragons started to team up with the very few people that can hear and understand what dragons say.
Listened to most of this with a smile on my face!

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Absolutely Delightful

If you've ever thought that Pride and Prejudice is a great book... but lacking in dragons... then this is the story you're looking for.

This was a delightful blend of a much-loved classic and well-thought-out fantastical elements that were woven into the story so seamlessly I almost forgot that Pride and Prejudice had ever been anything BUT a story about dragons.

The author does a phenomenal job of weaving the lore of dragons into this story without in any way detracting from the period feel of the original book. The story of P&P is all there, but now with dragons!

Enter a world in which family holdings and the laws of inheritance are exceedingly important, because most estates have a resident major dragon ensconced somewhere on the grounds. And the estates are named after these dragons, which adds a neat touch. These dragons can only be seen and heard by certain people who possess the "gift" of being able to hear dragons. Thus, we get a reason for why Elizabeth gets along better with her father than most of the other people in the family (and Mary, who can also hear dragons, gets a more important role in this story than Austen gave her). Thus, who can inherit the land must be balanced by these major dragons having a human "Keeper" who can help attend to their dragons' needs.

Enter Mr. Darcy. The all-important egg of a major dragon (and a noble one at that) has been stolen from the grounds of Pemberley, and Mr. Darcy must find it before it hatches. If a major dragon hatches without being able to imprint on a human, it will be "wild" and uncontrollable and cause mayhem and death.

I loved everything about this first installment of the story. I loved the additions of the dragons, the lore that the author created for her dragons, the way that the dragons themselves interacted with the story in ways that made sense and often made me go, "Ahhhh!"

The first book ends with Mr. Darcy leaving for Rosings... so of course I had to start the second book immediately, because I want to find out what happens next. Do Jane and Mr. Bingley truly love each other, or have they fallen under the influence of an unknown dragon's persuasion? Will Elizabeth have to marry the hated Mr. Collins? (Of course, being familiar with the original P&P, I'm guessing not... but I don't know HOW this Elizabeth is going to get out of it!)

The book is narrated by one of my favorite narrators (of course, I may be a bit biased, since he also narrates my own books). If the story has dragons in it, Benjamin Fife is the narrator you want for the book. Hands down. He is the type of narrator who takes a book and makes it come alive with his narration. Add in an occasional sound effect or song, and he comes very close to turning his projects into audio dramas, rather than just audio books... and I've always preferred that, personally.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Gill M
  • 03-20-21

A firedrake dragon egg hatching - a rare event

This is book one of Maria Grace's Jane Austen's Dragons series. It can be read first, but reading book four, A Proper Introduction to Dragons would be preferable entry to the series. You need to read books one, two and three to get the entire story.
This combines a Pride and Prejudice variation, with fantasy about dragons. It will appeal to both JAFF readers and fans of fantasy.

Regency England is overrun by dragons. Most people are entirely unaware, because they cannot hear them and are persuaded not to see them. Those with the ability to hear dragons work in the Blue Order, to support the Pendragon Treaty that keeps the peace between human and dragon kind. Elizabeth Bennet of Longbourn is part of the Blue Order and a junior keeper, assisting her father in taking care of their dragon.

Into the local area comes Mr Bingley and his friend Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley. Darcy is part of the Blue Order and his estate Pemberley once belonged to the old dragon Pemberley. The dragon died five years ago, when he inherited the estate. The new dragon has not yet hatched. The first firedrake egg to hatch in a century is a precious thing. Then it is stolen!

Darcy has traced the egg to Hertfordshire and is desperate to find it. Time is of the essence. Eggs must hatch in the presence of a Keeper, so that it imprints and accepts humans. Otherwise the dragon will be wild and very dangerous! Such a dragon will face a dragon slayer for the protection of all.

Elizabeth is drawn to dragons and they to her. Her easy relationships and instinctive knowledge of how best to interact with dragons, surprises Darcy. He soon comes to value her skills and acknowledge he needs her help.
Unfortunately, Darcy does not make a good impression on the local residents. Elizabeth finds him arrogant and conceited. Will they be able to work together to find the egg and save the dragon?

The story focusses on Elizabeth, Mr Darcy, Mr Bennet and the many dragons. Although the rest of the Bennets are included, only Mary has a role, as she learns to manage dragons. Mr Bennet continues to be an antagonistic curmudgeon. Elizabeth is a strong character, who knows her value. She is however, thoroughly exasperated by the dismissive attitudes of her father and possibly Darcy. The dragon characters are well drawn and engaging. I think the dragons are probably the most appealing characters in the book.

This is a great story and the hatching scenes are thrilling. The ending leaves you desperate to know what happens next. Book two awaits! I would recommend it to all fans of JAFF and fantasy.

This whole series is narrated by Benjamin Fife. His narration is very good, his voice warm and pleasing to listen to. His female voices are convincing and his dragon voices are excellent.

I look forward to more stories by Maria Grace.

I received a free copy of this audiobook via StoryOrigin and am voluntarily leaving a review. All views expressed are my own.

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  • Anne Magrat
  • 01-18-21

Where do I start....

Well, the narrator is awful! Such a foney-fake English accent, Dick Van Dyke would have been better! The lack of research on pronunciation is highly entertaining Derbyshire pronounced Durbyshire, rather than "Darby", Longbourne is misspronounced as "Langburn". Also the narrator is so fast and high-pitched I had to slow it down to 0.85 speed. It actually sounds like it's a recording done for YouTube, or some such, by an amateur. You are aware of pages turning, the pause/stop/cut etc. It all distracts from the story, which I'm sure is better, in a tongue-in-cheek way, but is so annoying in the narrative. My recommendation is buy the book, don't bother with the audio.

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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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  • 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.