A Touch of Night

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
In a world where magic reigns and being a shape shifter is the only crime that warrants immediate execution, this is how Pride and Prejudice would be written. The novel is set in the world of Sarah A. Hoyt's Magical British Empire.

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Review by: The Owl on Sep. 13, 2012 :
The story is nice. However if you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice you might not like it. In fact the beautiful thing of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice is that a woman and a men love each other so much that they are able to change themselves for the sake of , the other. In this book Darcy is neither arrogant or proud but he is just an ordinary good guy (almost too good) that hides a terrible secret...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Conrad Wong on Sep. 01, 2011 :
A fun read, though one should expect things to be rather over the top as is common in Regencies. There is at least one were who transforms in public, yet no one seems to notice, so rigid are they in their expectations. Ah, Regency England, so blind and yet so amusing!

It is somewhat irksome that the book hews so close to the original Pride and Prejudice, to the point of keeping the same names; I'd have liked to see the plot derail sooner and the characters take more stake in rebuilding things, but I enjoyed the read nevertheless!

I'll be looking forward to more in the same vein!
(review of free book)

Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on Sep. 01, 2011 :
This is a very fun book. And, despite some presentational flaws, I'm rounding up five stars. (I'm an evil, evil stickler for copy-editing (watch the typos breed in my text now!), so dock half a star for typos.)

The flaws:

1: There are a fair smattering of comma-errors, and one search-and-replace that turned "ramrod" to "raMr.od" -- probably because "Mr Name" is appropriate for UK/Regency spelling, and "Mr. Name" is required by American custom. There are a few other typos, but it's hardly unreadable -- and I am terribly touchy about such things. Other people are likely to be less-bothered. (And there is always a chance that the author might upload a repaired file; ebooks are handy that way!)

2: I quibble about the cover art. The dragon should be far more noble, much larger, and without the smirk. This is one of the times when the book should not be judged by the cover.

So. Ignore the cover art, and cope with the typos, and develop a big grin. Pride and Prejudice meets were-creatures, from wolves to bears to dogs to dragons, and while I enjoyed the original P&P -- I do admit, adding were-dragons has quite improved it for me! No only do Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have to cope with the usual sorts of misunderstandings of the era, but certain misunderstandings are compounded by the need to speak around delicate matters, which permits people to assume... quite different things, to the amusement of the reader. Add in a dash of Noble Selflessness even when the true misunderstandings are resolved, and the romance is quite properly complicated.

Also, since were-creatures' clothing does not change with them, there's a certain amount of "fan-service" -- though appropriately glossed! (No purple prose paroxysms of Paranormal P... er, Romance, though the admiring of a well-muscled body is perhaps not entirely period.)

All this, and currently a freebie? Download it! It's an entertaining read.
(review of free book)

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