Prince’s Fire by Amy Raby

Prince's Fire: The Hearts and Thrones Series by Amy RabyAs the Imperial Princess, Celeste knows that she has a duty to the empire, but when her brother Lucien springs the ideal of a political marriage to the crown prince Rayn of Inya to cement an alliance and trade agreement, she cannot help but be wary. Damaged from past political machinations and romances gone wrong, Celeste still has every intention of honoring her brother’s wishes, but the taciturn Rayn is certainly making it difficult to reach an agreement.

Forced into the trade negotiation by a political arm of his own government, Rayn has no desire to enter into any type of agreement with the empire he despises, let alone a marriage within the Imperial family. Putting his personal preference aside, Rayn does extend his stay to make it at least look like he is seriously considering the alliance. However, his enemies at home prove to have a long arm and be far more dangerous than the reserved, wickedly smart, and enticing Celeste. Forced together by circumstance, they must learn to trust one another and look past history in order to survive.

The third installment of Amy Raby’s sweeping romantic fantasy series, Hearts and Thrones, brings us back to Kjall several years after the event of the first novel, Assassin’s Gambit. It was lovely to see how Lucien and Vitala were getting on as rulers and a couple, and even more of a joy to really get to know Lucien’s sister, Celeste. One of my favorite things about this series has been the strong heroines and Celeste is no exception. Determined to not follow in his father’s footsteps, Lucien made sure Celeste was educated and did everything in his power to erase the pain of the past which weighs on her. She is incredibly aware of her position as an Imperial princess but has a strong sense of self. She is just a wonderful character. Rayn was a bit of an exception for me in that it took me sometime to warm up to him. I think Prince’s Fire does suffer a tiny bit in comparison to the other novels in the series because of this. I understand Rayn’s actions and motivations completely, I just did not like him right away and I was so fond of Celeste very early on so their romance did not feel as organic. However, once I was truly immersed in the story and Celeste and Rayn really start to communicate, those issue quickly fell to the wayside.

Raby’s world-building remains impeccable as does the political maneuvering that drives these novels. The romance and action go hand in hand and make for an all-encompassing read. I really appreciate all the details that Raby puts into her novels. There is history and language, lands with their own legends and religious beliefs. Like the other novels in the series, Prince’s Fire has a breakneck pace and sizzling encounters between the protagonists. All of this, along with wonderfully formed characters, make for truly enjoyable read. If you have not picked up this series yet and enjoy politically-tinged fantasy with a healthy dose of adult romance, I cannot recommend Prince’s Fire and the entire Hearts and Thrones series enough.

Book Stats:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451417844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451417848

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Books in the Hearts and Thrones series in the order they should be read:
Assassin’s Gambit 
Spy’s Honor
Prince’s Fire

 

As the Imperial Princess, Celeste knows that she has a duty to the empire, but when her brother Lucien springs the ideal of a political marriage to the crown prince Rayn of Inya to cement an alliance and trade agreement, she cannot help but be wary. Damaged from past political machinations and romances gone wrong, …

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Summary : Raby’s world-building remains impeccable as does the political maneuvering that drives these novels. The romance and action go hand in hand and make for an all-encompassing read. I really appreciate all the details that Raby puts into her novels. There is history and language, lands with their own legends and religious beliefs. Like the other novels in the series, Prince’s Fire has a breakneck pace and sizzling encounters between the protagonists. All of this, along with wonderfully formed characters, make for truly enjoyable read.

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Kristin is loving wife and doggie mom with a serious book addiction. When she is not in the kitchen whipping up a tasty confection (or cocktail) she can usually be found on the couch with her nose in a book. And she really did not hear what her husband just said to her, never mind that she responded… he should know better, she was reading. Her favorite books to read feature vampires, fae, & Gods of any pantheon (oh my!) but she has been known to pick up some pretty heavy philosophical tomes, funny memoirs, and scientific gobblygook. She also has a soft spot in her heart for good high fantasy. She fell in love with Anne Rice at far to young of an age and still has not found her way to NOLA! Kristin also spends time as a foster mom for a herding breed dog rescue in Illinois, indulging her husbands’ “silly” hobby of import/vintage video gaming, and spending as much time as she can with various members of her ridiculously large family. Somehow she manages to work full time in insurance sales but would much rather be having a kitchen dance party.

9 comments

  1. Thank you so much for the review! Political marriages are always in interesting concept in books, so I’ll have to check this out. :-)

    • Please do! Check out the first two as well (can be read as stand-alone, but the other ones are super enjoyable!)

  2. This review sounds like it meshes well with Amy Raby’s previous installments. I also love her strong female leads. I also agree that Raby is exceptional at world building. She doesn’t miss a thing and ties everything from the politics to the history in together. The small preview that was included in her last book, Spy’s Honor, really got me pumped up for this! I can’t wait to get in the middle of this book!

  3. What a fascinating book! The combination of fantasy, romance, and history is intriguing. Celeste sounds like a strong independent woman. Based on this great review, I have added this book to my TBR list.

  4. The attention to detail piques my interest!

  5. Gosh these look good. More books for my TBR list…

  6. I have sooo many books I want to read. Adding these too! Holy cow!

  7. Sounds like an awesome world to visit.

  8. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!