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ElizaMarie
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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Chapter 11 - I just love/hate his aloof attitude :)

#HeartstoneBuddyRead
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CrowCAH
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead

Chapter 22 the Great Lindworm has awoken and is leaving death and destruction in its path. The Rangers and Riders are amassing to do battle.

Alastair and Akarra take Aliza home to aid her grieving family as Ledya has run off with Wydrick to find her adventure.

What do you think of Alastair‘s transformation so far? Has he redeemed himself?

BarkingMadRead He seems to be really trying to be a better person. I have high hopes for him! 1d
Ruthiella He‘s definitely improving, or rather showing his true self! 1d
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead @Ruthiella I agree he is improving upon acquaintance. 1d
julieclair I am liking him more and more. 1d
i.besteph I‘m still catching up! 😅 @CrowCAH will you be hosting a buddy read for the 2nd book? 8m
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CrowCAH
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 21, Alastair and Aliza share an intimate moment on the rooftop watching the dragon mothers baptize their children in fire!

What I don‘t like is how whenever Daired is trying to voice his feelings to her he gets cut off. His declaration was touching ❤️ almost pleading with her for a second chance.

Ruthiella That‘s always tricky in romance novels - the way the “will they/won‘t they” is strung out, which is why I don‘t read them often. 1d
ravenlee I loved the fire baptism! 1d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I agree there is a delicate balance. Some authors succeed, while others rush it in the end. 1d
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CrowCAH @ravenlee it was a nice touch to their “infant” budding romantic relationship. 1d
ravenlee @CrowCAH it kind of reminded me of the scene in The Last of the Mohicans (which is pretty cut up in the “director‘s cut” that‘s currently available) when Cora says the reality of the frontier is so stirring to her blood. 1d
CrowCAH @ravenlee oh that‘s a neat comparison. Nature can do that - inspire aww! 1d
julieclair The fire baptism sounded like it was beautiful to see. A special moment for both of them to share. 1d
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CrowCAH
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 20 kaf, coffee, brings everyone together Julienna is enjoying having another woman around. She and Aliza will become quick friends.

Daired joins in the domestic socialization. Wresting a huge stoorcat into submission.

The next morning it comes out he can speak a little Gnomic and Akarra can too. So we were onto something in an earlier chapter when we thought the dragon understood Tobble‘s apology.

Bluebird It figures Daired would have an animal like a Stoorcat for a pet. Lol. And isn‘t Hilly just the cutest hobgoblin ever!? So sweet to see ‘dragon man‘ escort her home. 😍 1d
Clare-Dragonfly Hahaha, I‘m glad to hear that he does understand some Gnomic! (edited) 1d
Ruthiella I knew it! 😂 1d
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CrowCAH @Bluebird right, a tough big cat?! She was the cutest hobglobbin - adventurer while being cautious. 1d
CrowCAH @Clare-Dragonfly agree. But did Akarra start teaching him before or after that apology encounter?! 1d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella we all had our suspicions! 1d
TheAromaofBooks I kind of want a pet stoorcat myself! 😂 21h
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PageShifter
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I liked the characters even though some of them left me a bit cold. There was still a nice mixture of them and that gave a nice atmosphere and fleshed out the world. The world was amazing, I really loved some of the creatures. Team hobgoblins!

This made me laugh now and then but the story dragged after the beginning. The last part had more action and was more interesting.

#SeriesLove23 #MarchMadness (made me LOL) #BirthdayPixieReadathon

TheSpineView Awesome!👍💙📖📘📚 3d
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 3d
Andrew65 This looks interesting. Well done. 2d
CrowCAH A good review! Glad you enjoyed it! I agree the beginning did drag a bit, but then it started to pick up the pace. 1d
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CrowCAH
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 19 Alastair invites Aliza, aunt and uncle to dinner! Akarra is there, as well as, Julienna and her dragon Mar‘esh. Daired is being cordial and courteous and attentive. He even extends an invite to the three to stay at the house while tending Aliza‘s great-aunt. She accepts and finds she doesn‘t regret the decision. ☺️

After this chapter, officially 3/4 of the way done with the novel.

ravenlee I really like this section, where we get to see Daired in his natural habitat. (edited) 3d
Ruthiella I was a little grossed out at the live cattle for dinner, but dragons are gonna be dragons 🐉😬 3d
julieclair It's nice to see Daired being so at ease, charming and kind. He is a good host. 3d
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TheAromaofBooks I am really enjoying this story. Are you planning to buddy read through the other two books after this one? 3d
PageShifter I was glad that she said yes 😀 3d
Bluebird @Ruthiella me too! Dragon dinner 🤢. I love Aunt Lissa—Pushy in the best way! 3d
CrowCAH @ravenlee yes, Alastair seems more at ease at his house, let‘s down his shields so to speak. 1d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I agree. Could have done without the sounds of dragons eating. 1d
CrowCAH @julieclair he is an attentive host. Like that we get to see this side of him. 1d
CrowCAH @TheAromaofBooks I‘m enjoying the story too; glad you are as well! No, I do not have plans to continue hosting a buddy read for the second two books of the trilogy. I‘m expecting a daughter to arrive on Easter, so not sure how my life will look with baby. But I hope you pick up the next two books and read them! 1d
CrowCAH @PageShifter agree. It‘s the first small step towards her having a change of heart herself towards him. 1d
julieclair @CrowCAH How wonderful that you will soon have a new baby daughter! 😀🐣💖 1d
TheAromaofBooks I definitely will!! I've had this whole trilogy on my shelf for quite some time, so I'm glad you gave me the inspiration to finally start them, as I'm really enjoying this story. I hope you have a lovely Easter with your family!! ❤ 🌷 21h
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CrowCAH
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 18 Aliza travels with her aunt and uncle. She‘s brought along as a healer and to find herb plants to helps the aunt‘s mother as she lays with fever. Low and behold House Pendragon is not far and they have all the herbs that couldn‘t be found in the wild. No dragon flying in the sky means no Alastair…or does it?! So to the house they go!

Ruthiella Does she truly fall in love with Daried only when she sees House Pendragon? 😂 I very much like here aunt and uncle and how they were an unexpected match, disapproved of by her mother. 4d
BarkingMadRead I loved the aunt and uncle in this chapter! And finally, a cranky old lady! 4d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella I think Aliza has always had an eye for Daired. But it‘s like the line in P&P that she could have been mistress of all of this… 3d
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CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead agree, aunt and uncle are a nice couple! 3d
Bluebird @Ruthiella 😂 In school I wrote a cynical paper stating Eliza fell in love with Darcy only after seeing Pemberely. My instructor gave me a B for backing up my theory with good examples, but a D for missing the point. 😂😂 3d
Bluebird It was nice to see a nod to the TV adaptation with shirtless Daired. What a spot to end the chapter! 3d
CrowCAH @Bluebird oh geez 😒 teachers are tough. 📝 I didn‘t even make the “shirtless” connection; good catch!!! 👍🏻 3d
Ruthiella @Bluebird That teacher was tough! I think there‘s definitely more than one way to interpret P&P. 3d
julieclair @Ruthiella @Bluebird I think that all classic novels can be interpreted in different ways. If you have good examples to back up your interpretation, it can't be wrong... interpretations are highly subjective just by their very nature! 3d
PageShifter Haha, he WAS there 🤣 3d
Bluebird @CrowCAH @Ruthiella @julieclair it was many, many years ago, but I recall a good conversation with my instructor about it. He‘s actually the one I thank (ahem…blame 😂) for my love of Jane Austen. I was blessed with some awesome teachers!! 3d
CrowCAH @PageShifter of course he was! 😆 1d
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CrowCAH
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 17 Akarra tells us a story of Alastair and Wydrick‘s upbringing. And of the process of dragons choosing a Daired as their Rider.

Julienna‘s tale is tragic. Would you have saved the dragon or taken revenge against Wydrick?

Ruthiella Good question! I‘m not sure what I‘d have done in the heat of the moment. 🤔 What I really liked about this chapter is how it mimics the original but puts its own spin on it. 4d
julieclair I think I would have saved the dragon. Relationships are more important than revenge. 4d
BarkingMadRead I would have saved the dragon…. And then hunted down Wydrick 🤬 4d
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inthegreensandblues Ha ha ha, this photo 😆❤️ I agree, save the dragon, but that man needs to be dealt with it later! 4d
Bluebird I‘m with @BarkingMadRead save the dragon, then hunt down the man and kill him. I wonder what is keeping Daired from doing that. He doesn‘t seem the type to turn the other cheek… 3d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella agree! It‘s “the letter,” while there‘s also a literal letter later on too. 3d
CrowCAH @julieclair it is more in character for Alastair to save the dragon. 3d
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead very reasonable! 👍🏻 3d
CrowCAH @ravenlee the best of both worlds, save and honor the dragons, then teach Wydrick a lesson. 3d
CrowCAH @inthegreensandblues yes, he does. I wonder how his story will turn out in this version. 3d
CrowCAH @Bluebird agree. It seems he‘s trying to protect Wydrick from something, since he hasn‘t gone after him already. Not sure what, though. 3d
PageShifter The story was super touching! I loved Alastair's letter, it seems that he's much sweeter than has seemed to be before. I hope they're meeting each other soon. What happens to the roads?! 3d
CrowCAH @PageShifter yes, he does has a sweet interior while showing a tough exterior. ❤️ 1d
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CrowCAH
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 16 ah, my favorite part of the tale - the first proposal! ❤️ “If this is a battle, then I surrender,…” Swoon, my heart melted.

Boy was that a huge thing, he called in a favor from the King and issued the muster, just so Wydrick wouldn‘t be in town anymore.

Ruthiella Yeah, this Daried/Darcy is a little better connected than In P&P! 😂 6d
julieclair A huge favor indeed. Daired shows how much he loves her by all the ways he tries to protect her. Even if she is blind to it. 6d
BarkingMadRead Awwwww poor Daired. Shot down for being a dumbass 🙄🤣 6d
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CrowCAH @Ruthiella especially with them having more conversations, thus him trying to get to know her and show his affection towards her in a way he can. 6d
CrowCAH @julieclair yes, actions speak louder than words! Just Aliza doesn‘t doesn‘t always know the actions were taken for her. 6d
CrowCAH @BarkingMadRead yeah, his word choice and execution could have been better! 6d
iread2much At least he tried, even if it wasn‘t as well thought out as it could have been. 5d
CrowCAH @iread2much very true. It‘s tough to voice an emotional opinion, especially when one doesn‘t know how it will be received. 4d
Bluebird Poor Daired! He took transferred his heartstone into a brooch for her, shaved and got all dressed up too. Pity he had to open his mouth and speak! 4d
CrowCAH @Bluebird omg yes he put a lot of effort into his attire and proposal. (BTW, after some of your comments, I realized I haven‘t been tagging you in posts. Should I be? Sorry it took me over halfway to realize this.) 3d
Bluebird @CrowCAH no worries! I‘‘ve been finding the posts 😄 please do add me if it‘s not too troublesome 3d
CrowCAH @Bluebird no trouble at all. You‘ll start being tagged 👍🏻☺️ 3d
PageShifter I understood through this chapter that Alastair maybe was the reason why the letters werent't answered to 3d
CrowCAH @PageShifter from what I‘ve read so far, the letters not reaching each other hasn‘t been explained. 1d
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CrowCAH
Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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#HeartstoneBuddyRead (catch-up post)

Chapter 15 we meet Forge Master Orordrin, who is a living flame.

Aliza snoops and asks Daired about Brysney and if he plans on returning to the lodge. Alastair seems to have his own agenda with the conversation about her maybe not always wanting to stay home. Is that his way of saying he likes her? And was he only offering to teach her how to fight so that when she joins him she would be a skilled Rider too?!

Ruthiella Love that photo! I still am unclear what Daried wants from Aliza. I mean I know he likes her (and I‘m familiar with the source material) , but is this just his awkwardness? (edited) 6d
CrowCAH @Ruthiella it is a bit more awkward in this novel, comes across out of the blue. 6d
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ravenlee I love the forge wights! 6d
CrowCAH @ravenlee he did seem pretty cool! And he made a little phoenix! 6d
PageShifter It's even more clear now that Gwyn is happy with her husband. I am curious about Alastair's behavior: why he didn't want to get his sword fixed when others watched?! 6d
CrowCAH @PageShifter same. I‘m thinking it‘s cause he wanted to get the stone out, so he could propose… 6d
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