"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.

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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 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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