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Princess of Fire
Shannon Drake
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Princess of Fire (Fire #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  358 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
The Saxon princess Fallon and Norman conqueror Alaric are sworn enemies, but when he saves her from execution, their desperate struggle to resist each other begins and the child they conceive seals their fate.
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Severn House Publishers (first published 1989)
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Marta Cox
Jan 07, 2017 Marta Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Three and a half from me
So I remember several years ago reading a Viking romance trilogy by this author that I loved but had noticed that in recent times she seems to prefer writing more modern suspense stories. So when I heard that some of her earlier historical romance books were being re released I was very keen to catch up with stories I had previously missed which brings me nicely to this particular book.
Set around the infamous battle of Hastings we are introduced to Fallon, daughter of Kin
Feb 24, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the only reason I know anything at all about William the Conqueror in 1066.
Jan 18, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance/Medieval History Lovers
Fallon, the heroine of this romance and the daughter of King Harold of England, is one of the strongest heroines I have every encountered. She is fiery, stubborn, intelligent, skilled, and beautiful; too much for her own sake in all. She fights her enemy with a passion after her homeland is invaded by Duke Williams forces and her father is killed in battle in a most barbaric way. Her enemy becomes her lover, and still she fights to the very end. The hero is the epitome of the "alpha male." He is ...more
Jan 27, 2017 Maria11 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book after I stopped being confused. The first chapters are present time then jumps to the past. I wanted to skip over their history to jump back into the story. I think the story should have just started at the past. Less confusion and the read would pay more attention and just want to get back to the story

There were points in the story where I wanted to kill both the hero and the heroine. Both were so stubborn and prideful. Fallon really irritated me always yearning for t
Jan 15, 2017 Belinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This one is an oldie but goodie from Shannon Drake/Heather Graham. It takes place during the Norman invasion of England. It was a long read and there was a lot of historical facts which I thought was not really needed. But, I'm in for the romance between the main characters who were definitely
After the battle of Hastings, Alaric one of William the Conqueror's trusted warrior, finds his childhood friend Fallon. She finds out her father, King Harold was killed and she hates all Normans
Al *the serial series skipper*
Too bloody long

When it comes to a book i enjoy i usually hope it doesn't end , this was not that kind of book. I wish it was hundred pages shorter. It went on and on. I don't usually care for the accuracy of history when i read a HR, i'm usually in it for the romance which this book didn't adequately provide. I now know all i ever wished to know about William the Conqueror than i ever wanted. Fallon was too headstrong it wasn't even cute. It was just fighting and fighting and arguing and that's
Jan 31, 2017 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher's Description:

The mighty Norman warrior destined for greatness—forced to take sides in a bloody battle for power and glory…

The willful Saxon princess born into a land divided by blackest treachery—fighting for her life against the despised Norman invaders…

He would rescue her from certain death. And she would flee, determined to resist this seductive enemy who vowed to conquer her with a passion that would turn her heart to fire…

My Thoughts:

When Heather Graham's books focu
Dec 27, 2016 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with what happens when Alaric captures Fallon at the Battle of Hastings. They have known each other for many years. Alaric Count of Anlou is a trusted knight of William of Normandy & he became a friend to Harold in the years prior to Harold becoming king of England
This is quite a long novel & is basically split into three parts.The first part gives the history of Fallon and Alaric. Fallon daughter of Harold is extremely spoiled and prideful. She taunts and does mean thin
Lillian Cummings
Jan 27, 2017 Lillian Cummings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will you bend or break? Alaric & Fallon are both warriors that believe in their battle but they are on different sides. Fallon will do anything for England and she will go into battle to make sure that the norman army never takes England but she is too late. William has taken over with much bloodshed and destruction. Alaric has been with William right from the beginning, he will follow him anywhere but he sees what the battle is doing to the men and all the victims, he just want it to stop.
Debbie Glenn Brown
Alaric Count of Anlou is a trusted knight of William of Normandy and he’s became a friend to Harold in the years prior to Harold becoming king of England. The mighty warrior is forced to take sides in a bloody battle for power and glory. Fallon is the fiery daughter of Harold. She and Alaric have a very complicated past from their childhood. She despises everything Norman and she ends up fighting for her life against the despised Norman invaders. Enemies become lovers in this historical romance. ...more
Jan 30, 2017 booksofallkinds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fallon and Alaric have always had a tempestuous relationship ever since the first day they met when they were only children. Against the backdrop of war, power, and death, the heat that flares between them continues to grow even though they are on opposite sides - Fallon a Saxon determined to get revenge for her fellow Englishmen, and Alaric a Norman who will fight to the death to protect those he cares about. As Fallon finds herself as Alaric's prisoner, she constantly defies him for no matter ...more
Jessica Howard
I received a ARC from Netgally in return for my honest review

Enemies become lovers in this historical romance set to the backdrop of the Norman invasion of England. The story begins with Alaric, one of William the Conqueror’s closest warriors finding Fallon on the battlefield after the death of her father, King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. Fallon and Alaric have a very complicated past from their childhood, but Alaric promises Fallon’s mother that he will protect her even if it means enslav
Katherine Yearwood
Normans and Saxons are at again in Heather Graham’s Princess of Fire. Alaric had a surprise coming if he thought that the Saxon’s were going to lie down and die quickly without given it they're all. So, he found when after he thought the war was one, there was one warrior who refused to go quietly into the night. But when he unmasked the warrior he didn’t find a Saxon warrior but a Sax Princess.

Fallon didn’t know that her father was dead she didn’t know that the war was lost. She totally refutes
Jackie Stice
Feb 13, 2017 Jackie Stice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I want to thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read this book for an honest review.

I really appreciate the story, because it felt like I was reading a historically accurate piece of literature, that was far from boring and included my favorite subject, Romance. I like history, but I don't particularly like the actual battle scenes when they are told like a history book. This story did not go too far in the battle scenes. The romance was great and not just a series of steamy lo
Debra Martin
Feb 20, 2017 Debra Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Graham certainly knows how to weave an exciting and engaging story. "Princess of Fire" was a battle of wills for Alaric and Fallon for most of their lives. Who would win? Who would submit? However, I did find that the first half of the story was bogged down with way too much historical detail. It was interesting to read about William the Conqueror, but it almost made me stop reading. That's what earned this book 4 stars instead of 5. I wanted to see what happened with our hero and his feisty ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Tam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually enjoy Heather Graham's books IMMENSELY. But, this one just didn't do it for me. There was too much talk of war and the politics of "Kingships" and war. I felt like too little time was spent on the actual interaction and relationship development between the main characters. There was a good story buried under the overtones of Kings battling for ultimate supremacy. I felt like the book was more about the clash between the "powers that" be than the "head butting" of romantic leads. This r ...more
I enjoy a good historical romance and when I requested this ARC from NetGalley, I didn't realize that it was a reissue of an older Heather Graham book written under the name Shannon Drake. That doesn't mean it isn't a good, solidly written romance but it does mean that the plot is a little tired and I have read very similar romances over the years. Still, it's a pretty decent romance and I did enjoy it.
Feb 01, 2017 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is woven in very well with the historical aspects. Fallon is the daughter of King Harold and a Saxon, Alaric is a Norman warrior, both from opposite sides but their attraction can’t be denied. This is a fast paced read with lots of drama. I really liked the story as well as the characters and it does have its steamy scenes. A good read.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Alaric is a noble warrior and despite the hatred Fallon felt for him, it did not deter him from rescuing her time after time.

Fallon is a hellion and spoiled to a degree. She holds deep animosity towards the Normans because of what has occurred in her family.

It is written in the third person through Alaric and Fallon's point of view. It goes back and forth between the present and pa
Handcrafted Librarian
It has been quite some time since I've read historical romance books. So this was almost a flash to my reading past. Considering that I did go through a period of historical romance set in William the Conquerors time, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I was familiar enough with the time period to know that in many ways it is accurate, but don't know the period well enough to know if King Harold really did have a daughter or not. But Fallon was a WONDERFUL character! She is strong and too stubborn ...more
Nancy Ku
Jan 04, 2017 Nancy Ku rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize that this was a reissue of Shannon Drakes book.. It was still by Heather Graham and I did enjoy Princess of Fire for the second time since it was a long time ago when I first read it. Alaric is a handsome...strong H but sometimes I wanted to shake him. As a h Fallon is strong and brave and fights against her attraction to Alaric and for her beloved EngIland....but she can't fight her love for him. I am glad I reread it.
Jan 09, 2017 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could not get into the book. The writing is good enough, just difficult to follow and could not hold my interest.
Dec 10, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This book was long, but a good read. The author brings us to a time when England is at war for the throne. William claims to have been promised by Edward to be the next king of England. When this does not happen, he rages war upon England.
The story begins with what happens when Alaric captures Fallon. They have known each other for many years. This is a fight sometime after Harold, Fallon's father, was declared king of England
3.5/5. Fiery princess Fallon, daughter of King Harold of England had since her childhood battled Count Alaric, honourable Norman knight and right-hand man of William the Conqueror. As she grew into womanhood, her greatest foe was not Alaric as much as her growing desire and passion for this man who simultaneously represented the greatest threat to her people and the greatest threat to her heart. Alaric was noble and dignified for the most, strong and firm where he needed to be and mushy when the ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Fallon and Alarics story but the hate went on and on and on. The story was great writing I don't deny her talent but I got tired of how hard Fallon fought to betray Alaric's loyalties. I enjoyed the tempest between the main characters and I love the flow of the story, even though sometimes I get bogged down with the details of history and await more about the characters themselves then the way the war is begin waged or fought but she is still a recommend on my list of authors and I am ...more
Amid the Furious Cry of Battle, a Private War of Passion Had Just Begun . . .

Hastings; 1066. Clouds of war darkened the horizon as Saxons and Normans clashed with a vengeance.

Yet another battle raged ... as two sparring hearts collided ...

They were enemies from birth, their people divided by a bloodstained vision of power and glory: But when Alaric, a fierce Norman warrior, rescued Fallon from a bloody execution at the hands of the Normans, the fiery Saxon princess rebelled. She was determined t
I absolutely love the historical aspect of the story. She built the characters with great depth. There was only one real villian and it wasn't William. loved the constant battles between the two main characters, although fallon's constant determination not to bend became rather tedious to be honest I've got times I just wanted to punch her in the head. But I did enjoy the story so much so that I was most of the time able to over look it. It really was a five star even if the ending was predictab ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Carla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Way too much war for me. I liked Alaric(main male) much more than Fallon (main female) of the book. She was just too much of everything. Too head strong, too persistant, too loyal to what was gone, and too unforgiving!
I really could not get into this one. The constant fighting and arguments against each other as the two main characters was just irritating as all get out. I wanted to horsewhip the both of them and shove them off the nearest cliff.
Oct 27, 2013 Jojoruns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really my all time favorite novel set during the Norman Saxon conflict. I have re-read this book several times and plan to again.

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Heather Graham Pozzessere
aka Heather Graham, Shannon Drake

Heather Graham was born on March 15, 1953 and grew up in Dade County, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida at Tampa, majoring in theater arts and touring Europe and parts of Asia and Africa as part of her studies. After college, she acted in dinner theaters, modeled, waitressed, and tended bar. She married Hershey Dennis Po
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