A young woman grows up in the shadows of simplicity, not knowing that a great destiny awaits her. As she embarks on a journey that will reveal the truth about her past, she encounters a young prince and together they face the boundless dangers of a world of magic in Sherrill Burns’ “Duties of the Heart.”
The lands Lavatia and Theslia have been at war for countless years. When a prophecy foretells that a child will bring about the downfall of King Marsalis Covax, plans are set in motion to harm the child and destroy the prediction. A maid eventually saves the young girl after her parents are murdered. She is raised in secrecy, her true identity kept from her. Years later, the young girl grows up. Princess Saroja becomes a young sorceress just learning to use powers she has inherited from parents she has never met. After being sheltered all her life for reasons unknown to her, she embarks on a journey that will teach her the truth of her parentage, changing her world in more ways than she ever dreamed possible. Meanwhile, a Prince named Alexander Casesar is betrothed to a woman he’s never met, wanting only to live his life as he sees fit – starting with marrying someone he chooses – when fate puts Saroja in his path. He is so captivated by her innocence and free spirit that he defies his father’s orders and runs away with her. He is caught between his duties to the throne and the duties of his heart.
As Saroja and Alexander go through their journey together, they must wade through war, magic spells and mystery in order to uncover the truth about their destinies. Drawn to each other in an inexplicable bond, they try to defy a world of grim possibilities. The fantastic world and the unforgettable characters weaved by author Burns make this novel perfect for escapist reading.