Friday Firsts: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading  Heartstone by Elle Katharine White.

I’d never seen an angry hobgoblin before.

If this one wasn’t my friend, it might’ve been funny.  Tobble was red in the face before I noticed him in the grass by the garden wall, and since hobgoblins have green skin, that in itself was quite a feat.

“Tobble, what’s wrong?” I asked in Low Gnomic, or what could’ve passed as Gnomic if I hadn’t butchered it with my Arlean accent.  The earthy words used by hobgoblins and other garden creatures sounded heavy and awkward on my human tongue, and Tobble had often despaired of my pronunciation.  Today, however, he was too distraught to notice.

“Lord Merybourne has hired Riders, Aliza, Five of them!  Do you know what that means?” he said.  His head, which was round and homely as a potato, came halfway up my shin, and he clutched handfuls of his mossy hair as I knelt next to him.  “We’re doomed!  Doomed, I say!”

My First Impressions

To be fair I have read a little further on and I’m really enjoying this so far which makes it a little difficult to remember what my first impression truly was.  That being said – this has a light, airy feel to it doesn’t it.  It gives the impression that it will be fun and entertaining.  Plus, who are these riders??

What you reading this Friday??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

11 Responses to “Friday Firsts: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White”

  1. Tammy

    I had fun with this. In fact I really enjoyed it! The world building was so well done:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s great isn’t it. About a quarter in and loving it. It seems to be a straight up retelling of Pride and Prejudice – except differently named characters, fantasy world and lots of beasts. Can’t wait to continue and see how this develops.
      Lynn 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    This looks great – what a great premise!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m loving it so far. It’s virtually a straight up retelling of Pride and Prejudice (with the characters all present but renamed) except instead of bonnets we have dragons and although marriage is still the focus of the mother the setting is completely fantasy. Not really told in Austen’s tone of voice and not trying to mimic that in any way. So far so good.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Sounds a bit like Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw – have you read that? It’s a fabulous take on Anthony Trollop’s world, with dragons as the protagonists… and the dragons DO wear bonnets.

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Is this the book that’s been described as “Jane Austen with dragons”? If so, you can imagine how intrigued I am… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is. It is. I thought when I picked it up that it might just be a rough take on it but it’s got all the characters – renamed, Alize instead of Lizzy, etc. I’m loving it so far – the author isn’t trying to write in the style of Austen but so far I would say it’s a straight up retelling -but with more focus on dragons and hobgoblins and all other sorts of fantasy beasts than bonnets. Catching a husband still seems to be the order of the day for a certain matriarch though!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    I need this book in my life. The more I hear about it, the more desperately I want to read it. P&P, dragons, AND hobgoblins? What is this wonderful book??? 😄

    • @lynnsbooks

      I must admit that I think you would like this – of course I’m not finished yet but hopefully it will continue to be as good.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I almost forgot I have this review, I need to get started on it soon! Who knows, maybe by the time I do, you’ll have already reviewed it, can’t wait to hear your final thoughts 🙂

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