Heart of Light
by Sarah A. Hoyt
Review by Carolyn Frank
Spectra Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553589665
Date: 26 February 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In 1889, in Victorian-era Africa, in a world of unevenly held magic, Nigel Oldhall and his new wife, Emily, are following the trail to one of the world's major sources of magic, the Heart of Light. Nigel has been recruited to follow in the heels of his older and far-more-able-but-now-feared-dead brother to retrieve this ruby for his queen, Queen Victoria. However, he has not so informed his new bride and indeed, has very little idea of how to accomplish this task. He does have a compass stone which should lead him in the correct direction, but he does not know how to unlock the power within it. From official release/information:
Book Description: Set in a magical Victorian British Empire that never was, this unique fantasy blends adventure, intrigue, and romance, as a newlywed couple embark on a dangerous quest—and, in the process, discover their own heart's desires.
On a luxury magic carpetship in 1889, an English couple travel to Cairo for their honeymoon. Except for a brush with a dragon, the voyage is uneventful. But for Nigel Oldhall and his beautiful Indian-born bride, Emily, the holiday hides another purpose. Within hours of arriving in the teeming city, they are plunged into an extraordinary struggle among demons, murderers, and magic.
In Cairo, Nigel can no longer hide his secret from his wife: he is on a mission to rescue a ruby that will ensure Queen Victoria's hold on Africa forever. But the search has already swallowed up Nigel's older brother—and now it has put his own Emily in mortal danger. But is she the innocent Nigel imagines? Soon, separately and apart, the two will set off for the heart of the continent among conspirators and traitors, all seeking the ruby and the gifts and curses it offers them—and all of humankind.…