In my post last week, I gave you a list of many of the different types of Pride & Prejudice tropes that are out there.
One of the tropes that exists is fantasy. I know you’ve probably all heard of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (which honestly, I didn’t enjoy all that much), but there are so many more out there!
When I first started reading Pride & Prejudice fan fiction, I really avoided fantasy and modern stories. (I still avoid modern ones, to be honest.) But one day out of sheer boredom, I decided to read one that involved dragons.
To my surprise, I loved it!
Several of them are extremely well-done, and I wanted to share my favorites with you below.
Miss Bennet’s Dragon: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling
I really enjoyed Miss Bennet’s Dragon by M. Verant.
Elizabeth Bennet is hiding a forbidden power. She can speak to draca, the fire-breathing creatures kept as status symbols by English gentry. But Mr. Darcy has noticed, and he has his own dark secret.
When Elizabeth’s sister falls deathly ill, the cure lies in the mysteries of draca. Elizabeth, aided by her brilliant sister Mary, defies restrictive English society to hunt for lost draca lore. She must hurry. England’s war with France has drawn other dangerous hunters.
Elizabeth’s search leads her to the fabulous Pemberley estate, home of the entitled and infuriating man whose proposal she scorned. There, Elizabeth’s worlds smash together—protocol against passion, and exultation against the risk of love.
But the stakes are greater than her sister’s life. Elizabeth must test herself against a distant war.
And her enemy is not who she thought.
Disenchanted: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
In Disenchanted: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Kara Pleasants, Darcy has to overcome his pride in his magic and partner with Elizabeth to save England.
AS A RENOWNED WIZARD, Fitzwilliam Darcy thinks he is familiar with most of the spells, enchantments, and magic practised in the wizarding world. When he reluctantly joins his friend Bingley in Meryton, a small town not known for its magic, he is startled to stumble upon the rare gift possessed by Miss Elizabeth Bennet. The daughter of a poor country squire, she possesses a singular talent: she is not only immune to magic, but she can counter enchantments as well.
DESPITE THEIR INITIAL DISLIKE of each other, the two draw closer as the threat from the Thieving Necromancer, a dark wizard stealing people’s magic, grows more dangerous. As Darcy battles nefarious wizards and Elizabeth unravels ever more difficult spells, they uncover dark secrets and break mysterious enchantments.
But no matter what they face, love will prove the most powerful magic of all.
Mages and Mysteries: A Fantasy Pride and Prejudice Variation
You won’t want to miss this Mages and Mysteries: A Fantasy Pride and Prejudice Variation by Victoria Kincaid!
In Regency England, women are expected to confine their magical acts to mending dresses or enhancing their beauty, but Elizabeth Bennet insists on crafting her own spells to fight goblins and protect the people of Meryton. She even caused a scandal by applying for admission to the magical Academy. When Hertfordshire is beset with a series of unexplained goblin attacks, Elizabeth is quite ready to protect her family and friends. If only she didn’t have to deal with the attitude of the arrogant mage, Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Mr. Darcy doesn’t need to be associated with a scandalous woman like Elizabeth Bennet—no matter how attractive she is. But as the goblin attacks accelerate and grow more dangerous, Darcy realizes that he could use her help in identifying the cause—and is forced to recognize her magical ability. Unfortunately, continued proximity to Elizabeth only heightens his attraction to her—which is particularly inconvenient in light of his engagement to Caroline Bingley.
Can Elizabeth and Darcy unravel the mystery of the goblin attacks before more people are hurt? And how can they manage their growing mutual attraction? It’s sure to be interesting…because when Darcy and Elizabeth come together, magic happens.
Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
In Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment: A Pride & Prejudice Variation by Abigail Reynolds, Elizabeth possesses forbidden magic.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a powerful magician who controls fire, water, and wind. What he cannot control is his growing feelings for Miss Elizabeth Bennet.
Elizabeth’s sentiments towards Darcy are quite different. She detests his arrogance, and she fears he will expose her use of forbidden magic – forbidden to women, that is. He is the last man in the world she would choose to help her on a difficult and dangerous task.
But when a magical war looms between the land of Faerie and their world, a Lord of Faerie demands that Darcy and Elizabeth serve together as his emissaries to make peace with the other mortals. That mission throws them into the middle of a chaotic power struggle between magicians whose power dwarfs their own, and everything Elizabeth has ever believed about her family, her friends, and her enemies will be called into question.
Dangerous Magic: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
This book series, beginning with Dangerous Magic by Monica Fairview, is probably my favorite of all the fantasy Jane Austen variations!
Elizabeth Bennet is stunned when someone from the Royal Mage Academy comes to her peaceful country home to take her away. She is even more bewildered when she is commanded to marry a powerful gentleman by the name of Fitzwilliam Darcy. She has always dreamed of marrying for love, and an arranged marriage with an arrogant stranger was never part of her plans.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is equally dissatisfied with this match. An obscure young lady from the middle of nowhere is hardly worthy of his long and powerful lineage. But Darcy and Elizabeth have no choice in the matter. Uniting their two forms of magic is essential if they are to defend King and Country against Napoleon’s mages. They may dislike each other on sight, but they are duty-bound to set aside their differences and find common ground before it is too late.
Fortunately, it is not long before the sparks begin to fly between them.