Heart of Light (2020)

Heart of Light Sarah A. Hoyt Heart of Light 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 th
  • Title: Heart of Light
  • Author: Sarah A. Hoyt
  • ISBN: 9780553589665
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
Heart of Light Sarah A. Hoyt 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 uneventfSet 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.
Heart of Light Sarah A. Hoyt

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  1. Angela

    I wanted to like this book I really did But I ve got the same issue with it that I did with Jane Lindskold s The Buried Pyramid i.e loved the concept, but the execution Not so much.And as with The Buried Pyramid, what pulled me in was the idea of an alternate history settings where the British Empire was pretty much like we expect, only there s magic And supernatural things And lots of potential for the magic of Europe and the magic of Africa to clash and make things go very, very differently on [...]

  2. Azar

    This is an enchanting alternate historical fantasy, set in the Victorian era on an Earth where magic is an accepted fact of life and people cross the ocean not on ships but on magic carpets Once I got past the opening scene a wedding night that.n t , I quickly got engrossed even though I anticipated pretty much all of the major twists It was a fun read, with only one real major drawback, but that because of a personal preference that not everyone will share I have major issues with romanticizing [...]

  3. Cameron

    Snatching this story up after binging deleriously on Naomi Novik s superb series, I found myself taking three weeks to finally finish reading this start to a trilogy The characters felt flat and unsympathetic the kind of people that I would avoid engaging in discussion The integration of magic into the world felt hinged upon one interesting idea but with no extrapolation or exploration.

  4. Rowena

    Sarah Hoyt is like the Dan Brown of fantasy She wove a pretty interesting plot but each chapter absolutely had to end on a cliff hanger Then there was a chilling scream or Then darkness closed in and they were alone in the desert Ugh Such un subtle writing But, it really was a pretty entertaining story although it certainly could have used descriptions of Egypt That and the over emphasis on Victorian English values was a little odd he saw that she was entertaining a gentleman caller while sitti [...]

  5. Cécile C.

    A very nice book I m rating a 4 because it was refreshing to read It had its flaw an occasionally naive writing and narrative being the main one , but it was heartening, and I ultimately had a great time reading it It s not very often you come across a book that displays a real awareness of what colonisation actually meant for people, and that was very nice to find here The world Hoyt creates is not simply one where big empires exist next to each other, but one where cultures collide, and where [...]

  6. MissM

    Ugh I just can t seem to get through this book And I ALWAYS finish a book through to the end But at 350 odd pages in, it s just so annoying It s like bad High School with the mistaken ideas about people and the she loves him but he loves someone else junk.Example Mr thinks Mrs is cheating So Mr starts fawning over an African woman Said African woman is attracted to another African man But the African man is drawn to the Mrs The Mrs thinks Mr is cheating with the African woman and so decides to t [...]

  7. Ethan

    I quit half way through this book, when it became clear that the author was going to milk the relationship tension between two of the main characters all the way through and that she felt no need to base that tension on anything other than their apparent inability to communicate with each other I gave it the two stars for decent descriptive writing and world building.

  8. Ashlee

    I was not a fan of this book While it was fantasy than romance, the romance in it was very odd Everyone seemed to be attracted to everyone and by the time a couple was decided on, I couldn t really quite understand how they ended up together I ve never read a book quite like that and found it annoying.

  9. Eric

    One of the most frustrating books I ve read in a bit.It s hard to review this when another reviewer Angela Korra ti said exactly what I wanted to say, but I ll take a few minutes and try anyway This book is not an alternate history or a fantasy or an adventure, at the end of the day it is 100% romance I d don t especially mind reading a book driven by romance considering one of the better books I read recently, Soulless, turned out to be a romance novel veiled as sci fi, and it was much success [...]

  10. Caroline Berg

    Ugh, where to start with this book In my humble opinion, it sucks Yes, it is a regency romance of sorts but the main married couple aren t all that interested in each other and are both highly annoying characters view spoiler So, think this through with me it is a romance where the couple that you think should be in love aren t Never are Never were meant to be together, yet that is how they are introduced That is a huge fail in my book hide spoiler But to continue on to other things done wrong a [...]

  11. Karina

    The first half of this book was really different and engrossing, but it lost me about three quarters of the way in when the main characters found themselves trekking through the desserts of Africa I did care enough to skim the rest, and probably will pick up the sequel anyhow.In brief, this is an unusual romantic fantasy dealing with an alternate Regency era where there s magic, dragons, and the monarchs of Europe have the most magic due to a stone Charlemagne had stolen The Queen wants its twin [...]

  12. LemontreeLime

    The idea of this alternate reality is good, the dialogue, characters, buildup excellent But theres just something missing that i cant put my finger on It feels as hollow and empty as the set of the Fantastiks, that all the players are cavorting on a thinly painted backdrop that keeps fading to theoretical white Maybe its just because its the first volume of a series, hopefully book 2 will be better i also have to admit to being irritated with the romantic mishaps in the middle of the book the pl [...]

  13. Nichole~~The Grey Lady~~

    When I saw that this was a Magical Victorian era novel and took place in Africa.I figured that this was right up my alley I even enjoyed the writing style first However, this novel contains the biggest batch of whiny, annoying characters I have ever had the mispleasure to read about I did finish it And once having finished it, I did realize that the author was attempting to show the characters growth I dont think that she quite achieved it though Instead, the characters just seemed weak and anno [...]

  14. Fantasy Literature

    Known for her diversity, the Portugal born Sarah A Hoyt has written dozens of short stories and several novels including the SHAKESPEAREAN FANTASIES series, the MUSKETEER MYSTERY books, and the SHIFTERS urban fantasy series She has also written a historical romance under the pseudonym Laurien Gardner, a collaborative novel with SF author Eric Flint, and co edits the forthcoming anthology Something Magic This Way Comes below.In Ms Hoyt s MAGICAL BRITISH EMPIRE series, which kicks off with Heart o [...]

  15. Melody

    After starting this book over a month ago I was so disenchanted with it I set it aside and read dozens of other books I finally picked it up again today and skipped ahead to see if it was worth finishing It turned out okay Although the British heroine was silly and wishy washy about which guy to throw herself at at any given time The love triangle was of a pyramid I had some sympathy for her troubles and she had some redeeming qualities Still the African heroine was far enjoyable to identify w [...]

  16. Kate

    This was a fun read once it picked up, but it took a bit to get going I rather liked the main characters at the end than at the beginning, which is a good sign for character development I ll be looking for the sequel Recommended for people who like Victoriana, and don t mind period characters having period attitudes towards things like race and gender at least to start with There is one fade to black sex scene, but otherwise there s nothing I wouldn t let a sensible 13 year old read There s som [...]

  17. Ingrid Spera

    I originally read this book in 09, but since I JUST got the rest of the trilogy, I decided to read it again I love this book While it is based upon 3 different love stories, I love the world that Hoyt has created Instead of cruiseships and airplanes, there are carpetships and there are were people and it all takes places in Victorian times It almost has a steampunk feel, but with magic instead of industry This book has adventure, humor, romance, and moral reflection and I loved it A quick and ea [...]

  18. Cheryl a.k.a Poptart

    This book was a wow book I found it full of randomness and a bit patchy on characters It seems like it should have been a larger volume because some of the plot seems rushed I had to re read a few sections due to the fact that the author seems to be building up to something and ends it in one sentence I give it three stars because it definitely was inventive and was a fun read at times I hope the next two books are better though.

  19. VMom

    I put this in steampunk though it s not really it feels a bit steampunk.I love the worldbuilding here I find the main characters not likeable enough though there s something lacking I don t know if this was written as a romance it seems marketed as one but as a romance I was unconvinced by the true love proffered.I am eager to read the sequel as the supporting characters were interesting and the story follows them.

  20. Desiree

    This book was definitely a disappointment for me I don t give it only 1 star because I think that at least it was well written and extremely readable as far as style is concerned I wanted to really like it, Victorian age magic dragons, what s not to liketually the book It never really captured me and much as I dislike leaving a series unfinished, I very much doubt I ll ever buy the second installment.

  21. Laura Navarre

    Nice example of a Victorian era, African set paranormal historical romance Heavy on the paranormal and lighter on the history, with a lot to explore regarding racism and colonialism in the late British Empire A thoroughly enjoyable read filled with magic carpetships, Victorian drawing room manners, African safari and a nice romantic subplot The sequel is Soul of Fire.

  22. Dawn Paris

    A decent story who wouldn t love flying carpetships But sometimes the characters internal conflicts seemed a little heavy and I found myself skipping in most cases when Emily and Nigel kept reminding themselves of society s expectations of them I think I will still read the next one, though, because the characters just might have freed themselves enough to really be interesting.

  23. Brad Sheffield

    Reading the relationships between the characters as satire didn t work to make this book better.

  24. Aira

    I hate romanticised adultery and this is what the book wasstarted of great and then disappointment, a shit load of misunderstandings, just no.

  25. Sylene

    Shape shifters in the time of Victorian England and India The ending reminded me of the second Lara Croft moviet a fabulous piece of fantasy, but decent.

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