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Prince's Fire: The Hearts and Thrones Series Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2014
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Praise for the Hearts and Thrones series
“In a strong debut launching an Ancient Rome–inspired romantic fantasy series, Raby offers a captivating tale of an assassin who falls for her target....The main characters have excellent chemistry, meshing right from the start. In addition to a richly imagined world and a delightfully entertaining tale of magic and intrigue, Raby also delivers an understated yet versatile magical system.”—Publishers Weekly
“A great read.”—Dear Author
“An exquisite debut novel. The scope of the novel is…epic, as it roams through counties and territories, introducing us to dozens of strong and dynamic characters. The setting is beautiful, and the story line is one that will instantly attract readers searching for everything from a sizzling romance to a vast adventure filled with mystery, intrigue, and murder.”—Night Owl Reviews (top pick)
“Raby’s debut heralds the arrival of a terrific new fantasy romance voice....[Raby] has a gift for storytelling.”—RT Book Reviews
“There’s nothing quite as sexy as a woman who can be both assassin and lover....The hot tension between [Vitala] and Lucien will keep readers eagerly turning pages.”—Coffee Time Romance & More
“A great setting and protagonists worth rooting for.”—All About Romance
About the Author
Amy Raby is literally a product of the U.S. space program, since her parents met working for NASA on the Apollo missions. After earning her Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Washington, Amy settled in the Pacific Northwest with her family, where she’s always looking for life’s next adventure, whether it’s capsizing tiny sailboats in Lake Washington or riding dressage horses. Prince's Fire is the third in the Hearts and Thrones series, following Assassin's Gambit and Spy's Honor.
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot keeps moving right along at a nice pace, with ample opportunities for Raby to provide detailed and evocative details of Inya's tropical country, and it's interesting volcanoes, vegetation, and dragons. Besides learning lots about the new characters, a real charm of the book is the readers' increasing knowledge of characters who have been developing through the series. It was great to have Justien and Nalica back for this book, and the dogs are a delight.
Note: there are some short novellas between some of these books: I recommend reading them in the plot chronology rather than their publication dates. The novels work as standalones, but the richness is greater with increased world knowledge.
A lot of times when I read a series, I find the later books start getting repetitive and formulaic. Not so with this series. At least, not so far. I love how each book carries the continuity of the world building but has its own flavor. Spy's Honor introduced familiars, sea and shroud mages, and spies while this book focused on fire mages, volcanoes, and assassination attempts.
This story is about Celeste, who has serious confidence issues thanks to her marriage to the villain in Assassin's Gambit. She made a very sympathetic character that I immediately connected with. I also liked the hero, Prince Rayn, and I like how Lucien was portrayed with a sense of humor in this one.
Of the first three, this book was the most poetic. Oh, it didn't have actual poetry in it, but some of the descriptions, especially of the fire and fire spirits, were poetic. Raby really has a way with words. I found myself highlighting passages simply for the beauty of them.
I've gotten so attached to these characters and this world, I'm sorry to be nearing the end of the series. It's really made me appreciate the fantasy genre more.
I am a fan of Amy Raby, and this book definitely did not disappoint. It weaves a fresh, romantic and exciting story that steers clear of any stereotypes and introduces a pair of likeable new characters with great chemistry between each other and a lot of conflicts to resolve. It also shows some of the familiar, beloved characters from previous installments in the series, including Vitala and Lucien from "Assassin's Gambit" and Nalica and Justien from "Archer's Sin". And don't forget Bayard, the battle master who taught Vitala to be an assassin and now shows a completely different set of colors. All of this was so well done.
Many times in this book, just when it seemed everything should go well, the events twisted out of hand, leaving me guessing what to expect. I attribute it to the mastery of the author, who managed to take a seemingly easy situation and spin it into a riveting tale of love, loyalty, and struggle, full of uncertainties and unexpected outcomes.
I highly recommend it to any fantasy fan who also enjoys elements of romance.
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