Review: Scales & Sensibility by Stephanie Burgis

Scales and Sensibility
(Regency Dragons #1)
by Stephanie Burgis

Sensible, practical Elinor Tregarth really did plan to be the model poor relation when she moved into Hathergill Hall. She certainly never meant to kidnap her awful cousin Penelope’s pet dragon. She never expected to fall in love with the shameless – but surprisingly sweet – fortune hunter who came to court Penelope. And she never dreamed that she would have to enter into an outrageous magical charade to save her younger sisters’ futures.

However, even the most brilliant scholars of 1817 England still haven’t ferreted out all the lurking secrets of rediscovered dragonkind…and even the most sensible of heroines can still make a reckless wish or two when she’s pushed. Now Elinor will have to find out just how rash and resourceful she can be when she sets aside all common sense. Maybe, just maybe, she’ll even be impractical enough to win her own true love and a happily ever after…with the unpredictable and dangerous “help” of the magical creature who has adopted her.

What a story!! Scales and Sensibility pay homage to author Jane Austen but I am telling you, this is in no way a retelling of sorts. No, there are no Dashwoods nor Colonel Brandon here. But the characters are quite as fascinating and lovely as the ones you can read in an Austen novel.

Meet Elinor Tregarth, the very gentle yet fierce cousin to the evil Penelope Hathergill, who unintentionally kidnapped a dragon and found solace in a room with a fortune hunter (and a snobby scholar) after falling into a ditch.

The dragons weren’t considered magical in this Regency rom-com, in fact, they were just used as accessories for debutantes in the society. But boy oh boy, were they wrong about them. Sir Jessamyn The Dragon wasn’t just some kind of accessory standing on a lady’s shoulder. Sir Jessamyn happened to be one of the fire-breathing mythical creatures, whose fire came from within and could grant your heart’s utmost desire. They could even change your appearance and curse you at the same time!

I liked how this story was imbued with comedy, romance, adventure, and fantasy while still maintaining that mystery until the end. Elinor was an interesting character. At first, she was timid and afraid to let her voice be heard, then she turned into one powerful, respected entity that even her enemies bow down to her and follow her lead. I loved that she’s also smart and loving and compassionate not only to her dragon but also to the person who saw the real her behind all the illusions. There was also The Armitages, who blew my mind with their uncanny relationship, the intimidating yet callous Halls, and of course, sweet naive Benedict Harper who had his own hidden agenda.

Stephanie Burgis has a unique writing prowess that enthralls her readers. The characters were exquisitely given peculiar qualities and the Regency theme made the whole story so fun & delightful to read. I’m glad there’s another book following this story because I can’t get enough of Elinor’s family! Another must-read recommendation for all you dragon lovers out there!


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