Today I have a review and giveaway for the fantasy romance title Prince’s Fire, Hearts and Thrones book 3 by Amy Raby. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway here where two people can win their choice of a $10 Amazon gift card OR a print copy of Prince’s Fire: Hearts and Thrones # 3 by Amy Raby.
My first encounter with this author and series, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised to find a story that carried romance, intrigue and clever characterizations throughout the book, and didn’t seem to have any great gaps in my understanding even as it is the third in the series.
Rayn is the Prince, and is a well-developed and well-intentioned character. Determined to do what is right for his people and kingdom, he is also willing to fight for what he believes will best suit him and his home. He started out a bit cold and aloof, and there are moments when his temper did get the best of him and his better sense with Celeste, but he manages to achieve some balance and growth by the end of the story.
Celeste is also determined, loyal and brave and royal in her own right. I was impressed with her willingness, after bad experiences, to not be whinging and fussy. Her father was not a wonderful ruler, and there were many bad choices that make Rayn less than willing to trust her. But, as they are both willing to do what is deemed best for their countries, they join together to visit an outlying province, and as they foil an assassination attempt they start to see one another’s true persona. Celeste is understandably hesitant to enter into yet another arranged marriage: her first was not pleasant, and she has spent several happy years single and healing, but again, duty calls and these two will do their duty.
Although there was a bit of a slow start as the setting was established and we got a feel for the place and the court, the story soon picked up with several twists, dangers, mysteries and above all, the connection and relationship between Celeste and Rayn. With a nice dose of political intrigue and machinations for power, which no novel about royalty should be without, the story was engaging, engrossing and utterly enjoyable.
Title: Prince's Fire
Author: Amy Raby
Published by: Signet
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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....
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.