"A gem of historical fantasy worth reading"
King Nicholas Rostov struggles to protect his country from
both Napoleon's troops and the Brotherhood, terrorists
threatening his country. While on a diplomatic mission, he
is saved from assassination by a hill country slave, Sera,
whom he takes home with him.
Sera was captured while trying to find the thief of the
HEART OF FIRE, the ruby 'key' that hides her kingdom from
the outsiders. She must return the before winter or the
entrance will be closed and she will never be able to
return home again. She keeps her identity as princess a
secret and feels honor-bound to save Nicholas instead of
escaping. Once at Nicholas's castle, her magical powers
start growing and are at times uncontrollable.
Sera is an interesting mix of naiveté and boldness and
Nicholas as king is a mix of caring and domineering male.
The secondary characters and family members add interest to
the quest. The melding of suspense, history and fantasy
makes HEART OF FIRE a story to be enjoyed by those who
enjoy these genres. I highly recommend this story for those
who enjoy paranormal romance.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted November 5, 2006
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?