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"An exciting historical fantasy romance"

In 1812, King Nicholas Rostov of Laurentia visits neighboring Jehanna to form an alliance with King Iman Hadar against Napoleon. However, Hadar claims neutrality and refuses to join the fight against the French Emperor. That night the slave Sera comes to Nicholas' room and saves His Highness' life when the assassins of the Brotherhood, abetted by Hadar, try to kill him.

Nicholas takes Sera home with him and rewards her by elevating her status to that of a lady in his court. However, Sera is not just a former slave as she is a Princess in the magical mountainous kingdom of Arkadia. She is on a quest in the Outlander world to find the stolen HEART OF FIRE ruby that hides her kingdom from the outsiders. With Napoleon breathing nearby, Hadar not neutral, the Brotherhood trying to complete its assassination, and an evil being seeking Sera, her own personal magic geometrically grows out of control with only her love for Nicholas keeping it in line.

HEART OF FIRE is an exciting historical fantasy romance that combines the intrigue between and within the small European kingdoms during Napoleon's eastern front with the enchantment of a Brigadoon like duchy. The story line is loaded with action that embellishes the reader's feelings that they are part of the magic. The lead couple is a delightful pairing as only love can control her magic. Though the bad guys seem to lack any redeeming quality and appear almost exchangeable in personality, fans of nineteenth century magical tales will want to find this ruby of a tale that spellbinds the reader from start to finish.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 22, 2003

SUMMARY

King Nicholas Rostov vows to protect his beloved country from both Napoleon's troops and the Brotherhood, a band of terrorists threatening his borders. When the mysterious slave, Sera, saves him from an assassination attempt, Nicholas brings her home with him to raise her above her station and make her a lady in his court. But the sixth sense that never fails him tells him that Sera has a special power inside her that will help him protect his country. Conscience shouts that he should send her home to her hills, but desire whispers that her place is with him forever.

Little does Nichoas know that Sera is a princess in disguise. On the run from Anatole Galerien, an evil killer, she is on a desperate quest to retrieve the stolen Heart of Fire,the magnificent ruby that hides her magical kingdom from the outside world. Now, a pampered prisoner in Nicholas's castle, Sera feels her magical powers growing at an alarming rate. Without her grandfather's help, she must learn to understand and control them before she shakes the very foundations of Nicholas's castle.

In this frightening land of strangers, war looms and danger lurks everywhere. As Sera struggles to keep her secrets, find the ruby, and master the magic inside her, she instincltively turns to the compelling captor who overwhelms her with his strength and confounds her with his comfort. But what good can come from loving an Outlander when every instinct tells her to flee this brutal world and return home to safely and peace?

 

Heart of Fire
by Mary Lennox

Imajinn Books
February 1, 2003
Available: May 10, 2004
ISBN #1893896919
EAN #9781893896918
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