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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Mage in possession of a vast fortune and refined magical abilities must be in want of a wife. Yet High Mage Darkwood of Pemberley has no intention of marriage upon his arrival at Netherfield, especially not to the lowly Miss Cassia Retton. Accustomed to always getting his way, frustration reigns when his magical power against Ca It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Mage in possession of a vast fortune and refined magical abilities must be in want of a wife. Yet High Mage Darkwood of Pemberley has no intention of marriage upon his arrival at Netherfield, especially not to the lowly Miss Cassia Retton. Accustomed to always getting his way, frustration reigns when his magical power against Cassia has no effect. Cassia Retton puts little stake in inherited magical abilities until she travels to Rosings Park, and everything changes. Perhaps it is the very land she stands on. Or is it the proximity to the awful High Mage Darkwood that brings out...something in her? When Cassia's family falls to ruin, and she's confronted with the scariest opposition of her life, will Cassia abandon what she's always believed and summon her power within? And if she does, who will stand by her in the end? If you relish Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice or enjoy fantasy novels like Robin McKinley's, this book is for you. Power and Prestige is Book 1 in the Fantasy Austen Retellings series. Each book in the series is a standalone work and can be read in any order.


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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Mage in possession of a vast fortune and refined magical abilities must be in want of a wife. Yet High Mage Darkwood of Pemberley has no intention of marriage upon his arrival at Netherfield, especially not to the lowly Miss Cassia Retton. Accustomed to always getting his way, frustration reigns when his magical power against Ca It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Mage in possession of a vast fortune and refined magical abilities must be in want of a wife. Yet High Mage Darkwood of Pemberley has no intention of marriage upon his arrival at Netherfield, especially not to the lowly Miss Cassia Retton. Accustomed to always getting his way, frustration reigns when his magical power against Cassia has no effect. Cassia Retton puts little stake in inherited magical abilities until she travels to Rosings Park, and everything changes. Perhaps it is the very land she stands on. Or is it the proximity to the awful High Mage Darkwood that brings out...something in her? When Cassia's family falls to ruin, and she's confronted with the scariest opposition of her life, will Cassia abandon what she's always believed and summon her power within? And if she does, who will stand by her in the end? If you relish Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice or enjoy fantasy novels like Robin McKinley's, this book is for you. Power and Prestige is Book 1 in the Fantasy Austen Retellings series. Each book in the series is a standalone work and can be read in any order.

30 review for Power and Prestige: A Fantasy Austen Retelling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I gave up reading retellings of this story, until I saw this one:} Magic and dragons:} Have you seen the cover? Awesome. This was well done. I enjoyed it so much. There was a real love story in here and it was good. I loved the addition of the magic, I think it was my favorite part. I loved that this was different but still felt like the story I knew. I'm excited to see what she has done with other Austen novels.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is an excellent Pride and Prejudice retelling with a number of tweaks to the story beyond just the addition of magic. All the names have been changed and the cast of characters pared down. There are only three Retton (Bennet) sisters rather than five: Glynelle (Jane), Cassia (Elizabeth) and Alyria (a slightly altered version of Lydia). Mage Rulan Blythesome (Mr. Bingley) has no family members with him at Netherfield - just High Mage Gaius Darkwood (Mr. Darcy). Magess Degowyn (Lady Catherine This is an excellent Pride and Prejudice retelling with a number of tweaks to the story beyond just the addition of magic. All the names have been changed and the cast of characters pared down. There are only three Retton (Bennet) sisters rather than five: Glynelle (Jane), Cassia (Elizabeth) and Alyria (a slightly altered version of Lydia). Mage Rulan Blythesome (Mr. Bingley) has no family members with him at Netherfield - just High Mage Gaius Darkwood (Mr. Darcy). Magess Degowyn (Lady Catherine) has a somewhat different personality and no daughter to push on her nephew, though she still takes great pride in grandiose displays to impress her guests at Rosings. Master Retton has magical abilities related to academia, but all his daughters are known to be without any magic and he places no value on others' magical powers. His attitude has influenced Cassia to distrust mages despite their lofted position in society. Hertfordshire itself lacks strong deposits of ley, which draws out and enhances magic in humans, so Darkwood is less than enthusiastic about his friend Blythesome taking an estate there. However, he has traced to the area a powerful magic relic stolen from him, making it convenient for him to visit Netherfield in order to search for it. He goes there accompanied by his cousin, Mage Colonel Phineas Caliazo (Colonel Fitzwilliam). The characters with magic have different abilities. Darkwood's is persuasiveness - except when he directs it at Cassia, who's maddeningly impervious to his powers. Caliazo's gift involves romance, which is extremely helpful to Cassia at the Netherfield ball. Parallels to P&P in this alternate universe are really well done. I recognize some elements from other paranormal versions, but this has its own unique features. The characters are nicely developed with a nice bit of romantic chemistry between our hero and heroine, and the plot has enough twists to keep it fresh and unpredictable. There's a particularly wonderful magical confrontation scene that's the turning point of the book. I'm never happy when a book repeatedly uses "alright," but that's the only significant criticism I have of the writing here. This is the first in a series of books, each by a different author, apparently injecting magic into other classic Jane Austen novels. I'm hoping they're all as impressive as this one! Content is clean.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lindy Thompson

    A fascinating retelling! I was incredibly intrigued by the idea of Pride and Prejudice with magic. I love a good retelling and this one is super fun! I do wish that the "final showdown" had been a little longer, a little more detailed but otherwise, this is a wonderful story with some exciting new twists!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Saager

    3.5-3.75

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erica Kerr

    Power & Prestige by Sarah L. McConkie was fantastic! Honestly I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book with dragons or magic (go ahead and gasp if you enjoy that!). My son LOVES magic/fantasy books, but me not so much. BUT this might have changed my view quite a bit! I was hesitant and mostly curious on this series that are retellings of Jane Austen’s books. I was pleasantly surprised! I loved it and now wanting to read all the others as they come out! It took me a while to catch on to the new names of Power & Prestige by Sarah L. McConkie was fantastic! Honestly I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book with dragons or magic (go ahead and gasp if you enjoy that!). My son LOVES magic/fantasy books, but me not so much. BUT this might have changed my view quite a bit! I was hesitant and mostly curious on this series that are retellings of Jane Austen’s books. I was pleasantly surprised! I loved it and now wanting to read all the others as they come out! It took me a while to catch on to the new names of the original Pride and Prejudice characters, but the handy dandy list in the front of the book helped! This book is an exciting retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a mix in of magic and dragons!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Such an enjoyable read from author Sarah L. McConkie. This fantasy retelling of Pride and Prejudice streamlined the original story in all the right places and added exciting twists and turns with a dash of magic. I couldn't put it down! The ending of this story had me thinking that this is how the original should have ended too! Highly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Valarie

    Fun magic filled retelling I loved the twist of magical abilities on Pride and Prejudice! Status by magical ability was really interesting. I liked that Cassia wasn't affected by others abilities and how that worked with each of them. Lots of fun twists on the story i didn't want it to end!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lauralee

    As a fan of Jane Austen this retelling is a great fun fast read. I love what magic adds to the story we all know and love and doesn't detract from it. But my favorite thing was how the characters who were not so nice get what was coming to them!

  9. 4 out of 5

    SOM

    This book follows the outline of Pride and Prejudice, but the main characters have the ability to exert good or bad magic. Once I got involved with the mysteries of the magic, I liked it better. And who can resist a sweet dragon?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    What a fun retelling of Pride and Prejudice! It has mystery, romance, magic, and a dragon :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol Guthrie

    I give this re-making five-stars for creativity and interest.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shalynn

    Not particularly great writing, but the story was cute and the magical elements were fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eunice

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shane & Michelle

  19. 4 out of 5

    RK949

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ng

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Pettey

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erica Kerr

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samie Kahl

  24. 5 out of 5

    Reene

  25. 5 out of 5

    KC Siangko

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dholsakura

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Holly Bleggi

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