Prince's Fire: The Hearts and Thrones Series [NOOK Book]

Overview

As the sister of the Kjallan emperor, Celeste cannot choose where to bestow her heart....

The imperial princess has been offered in marriage to the Prince of Inya as part of an alliance needed to ensure Kjall’s military prowess. And despite having been hurt in the past by men using her to gain power, Celeste finds herself falling for the passionate fire mage.

Prince Rayn ...
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Prince's Fire: The Hearts and Thrones Series

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Overview

As the sister of the Kjallan emperor, Celeste cannot choose where to bestow her heart....

The imperial princess has been offered in marriage to the Prince of Inya as part of an alliance needed to ensure Kjall’s military prowess. And despite having been hurt in the past by men using her to gain power, Celeste finds herself falling for the passionate fire mage.

Prince Rayn has no intention of allying his country with the militaristic Kjallans. But his political enemies at home may be the greater threat. The princess’s beauty and intelligence catch him off guard, throwing an unexpected and dangerous hurdle in the way of his plans.

As a deadly political plot threatens Rayn’s life, the attraction between Celeste and Rayn ignites into a sizzling affair. But to save her people and herself, Celeste will have to discover if Rayn’s intentions are true or risk having her love burn her yet again....


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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101608029
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Hearts and Thrones Series, #3
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 304,984
  • File size: 936 KB

Meet 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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  • Posted April 23, 2014

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    Amy Raby is an up and coming name in fantasy/romance. Her Hearts

    Amy Raby is an up and coming name in fantasy/romance. Her Hearts and Thrones series, combines rich world building with engaging, three-dimensional characters. Readers who are fans of fantasy will liken this series to The Game of Thrones. Prince's Fire is the third book in the series, and features a political marriage of convenience. Princess Celeste must marry Prince Rayn in order to forge an alliance between their countries, but matters of the heart are often as complicated as politics. Raby treats readers to descriptive passages that will delight the senses and passionate romance that will heat the blood. A wonderful addition to the series.

    What I liked:

    I have always been a fantasy fan in one form or another, from books, to tv and movies. However, I generally don't get a lot of opportunities to review fantasy, so when they come along I get really excited. Amy Raby's Hearts and Thrones series is one that I kind of wrote off in the beginning because I believed it to be very similar to Game of Thrones. But when I got Prince's Fire to review I saw that perhaps they were not as similar as I thought. Yes, they both deal with a fantasy world, there is war, there is political machinations, etc. etc. But where Raby differs is in the way she writes her characters. 

    Celeste had been through the wringer a bit. She was used and abused and had the scars to prove it. But she was still strong and determined. She didn't want to be the political bait to draw in the Prince of Inya, but her brother, the emperor had other ideas. I liked the fact that she didn't let an arranged marriage become a prison for her. She allows herself to see Rayn as more than just someone she was forced to wed and that made all the difference. Raby creates a character to soldiers on despite past adversity and begins to see herself as worthy along the way. A great character.

    What can I say about Rayn. He was a true prince in every sense of the word. He wasn't a spoiled brat that was only looking out for himself. He saw his father's issues and knew he had to protect his people. He doesn't want to join with war driven Kjall, but he finds Princess Celeste to be a lot more than just a part of the treaty. I loved the way he cared just as much for her as he did his people. He wanted to do the honorable thing where both were concerned. Raby has given readers an example of what true leadership entails. Sacrificing your own goals for the good of others. Well done!

    What I didn't like:

    There was quite a bit of passion in this one. The build up was a little slow, but in light of both characters worries about the other it was somewhat understandable. I just would have enjoyed more time with them as they explored their feelings for each other. Certainly not a bit flaw.

    Bottom Line:

    This is descriptive fantasy that not only details the world but the political climate the characters are a part of. I think Raby does a wonderful job of giving readers characters they can become invested in and a passionate romance as well. A series I am glad I didn't gloss over.

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

    This is a riveting fantasy romance that keeps readers on the edg

    This is a riveting fantasy romance that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.  Overall, I found this to a fascinating and thrilling tale of magic and romance that kept me entertained from beginning to end. Captivating characters draw the reader deeper into this enchanting world that seduces the reader with promises of delightful stories just waiting to be told. I haven’t read the previous stories in the series yet, but I will certainly be remedying that soon and looking forward to the next one.

    See my full review at: Paranormal Haven .com

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

    While parts of this book were wonderful, I wasn't really feeling

    While parts of this book were wonderful, I wasn't really feeling the romance between Rayn and Celeste. I'm not one for arranged marriages though so I'm sure that I'm biased. 




    Celeste is a shy princess who loves mathematics. She was abused at a young age when forced into a marriage way too young. She suffered from mental and physical abuse. In Assassin's Gambit she was saved by her sister-in-law. Now many years later under the more caring upbringing of her brother she is happy.




    Rayn is a foreign prince who has many misgivings towards the Kjallans. Celeste's father had been a horrible monarch so Rayn struggled to trust them. Rayn and Celeste end up taking a ship to visit one of Kjall's provinces and end up in an assassination attempt. As the two go through this adventure of determining who the assassins were, Rayn is able to get to know Celeste a little better.




    The biggest problem I had with this book was that parts didn't flow well for me. Rayn seemed to be fine with everything at one moment and then out of nowhere he freaked out at Celeste because of her family and country. I really was baffled as to what set him off. It just didn't seem like a natural way to act.




    I loved the scenery a lot with this book. At one point they even get to experience Inya which has volcanoes that the Fire Mages have to control to protect the people. I loved learning about this new mage type. So far with every book in this series, Raby introduces us to another mage type. I really like her magic system.




    Honestly, if arranged marriages turned into love matches is your thing, you would probably really enjoy this book. It just wasn't for me. I am excited though for the series to continue.

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

    First I must say I loved the cover. If I was in a bookstore, I w

    First I must say I loved the cover. If I was in a bookstore, I would pick it up and read the back cover. 




    I have not read any of Amy's other books, so this is a stand alone read for me, without comparison to the first two books in the series.  




    I liked the fact that the heroine, Celeste, was not a doormat. She was strong and determined not despite the fact that she had been burned by love before, but because she had learned to rule her heart with her head.  




    The hero,  Rayn, handsome and "princely" is also self confident and intelligent. His concern about court politics and espionage are not unfounded. He has true enemies and fears for the future of his country. 




    Though she is immediately drawn to Rayn, Celeste isn't sure he cares about her for her own sake, or if he wants to use her for her brother, the Emperor's military might, to ensure his personal safety and his country's stability. 




    If you're a Game of Thrones fan and like court intrigue and affairs of the heart, you will enjoy this story from the Hearts and Thrones series. 
    Out of five Bookworms,BOOK BLING gives this novel:4

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

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    A lovely fantasy romance, full of political drama, deceit and be

    A lovely fantasy romance, full of political drama, deceit and betrayals, Prince's Fire was a fantastic read. I loved this book! From the game of kingdoms, to the delightful romance, this book was wonderful.

    Celeste was a lovely heroine. She was very intelligent, remarkably resilient, unwaveringly loyal, and determined to fight for what she wanted and what she believed in. I thought she was a wonderful character and I really liked her.

    Rayn was also amazing. He was so sweet, very loyal to his people, and determined to do what was best for his kingdom. He was a prince of honor and was willing to fight for what he wanted. I absolutely adored him. He was just wonderful.

    The romance was both sweet and steamy. Celeste and Rayn were lovely together. I liked that they were unabashed of their feelings for each other and certainly willing to fight for them. And, the chemistry between them was steamy. Definitely some hot scenes with these two. I thought they were a perfect couple.

    The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of secrets, thrills, and political games that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

    Prince's Fire was a fantastic fantasy romance. I really loved this book. With the lovely romance, hidden secrets, and surprising deceptions, this book was truly enjoyable from beginning to end. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to read. 

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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