"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
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 22, 2003
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
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?