Kingdom of Hearts
Outraged, King Stefan lunged at Catherine but the chair was in the way. She backed up several feet and stood poised, ready to run.
Pulling himself upright, Stefan tried to regain control of his temper. He failed. "Servant’s gossip. But then after all, what else should I expect?"
Catherine stiffened, her face turning pale. Seeing this, Stefan reached out as if he could yank back his words. Catherine seeing the hand, retreated another step. The room became silent.
The King cleared his throat. "Catherine"
Catherine closed her eyes and turned her back to him. Quietly she began to walk to the door.
"Catherine you will not leave."
She paused briefly, then resumed her pace.
"Catherine." This time he spoke loudly, with command.
Catherine put her hand on the doorknob. She pulled the door open, walked through and softly closed it behind her.
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--Larry Bonko, The Virginian Pilot
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--John-Henry Doucette, excerpt from Portfolio Magazine
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Kingdom of Hearts--At a Glance
With a simple twist of fate, a vulnerable young woman is unwillingly thrust into a struggle for power, caught between an evil destructive duke and a handsome but withdrawn king. From the harsh palace kitchens to the glittering bedchambers above, beautiful Catherine fights for survival amid danger and intrigue.
Brooding King Stefan keeps to his rooms, held captive by tortured memories while Richard, Duke of Egravia, spins a web of betrayal and deceit. Plotting to steal the throne, Richard gains control over the weak young prince and seduces Marie, the Prince’s wife.
When Catherine bursts onto the scene, the Duke’s plot unravels. Horrified, Richard watches as the King, awakened to life by Catherine, regains his power. Frantically, Richard lures Marie into his plot to kill Stefan and implicate Catherine. With the King alive but severely injured and Catherine locked in the dungeon awaiting death, questions arise: why did Catherine’s mother kill herself so long ago; what secret sorrow tortures the King; what it the tie between Richard and Princess Marie?
As Catherine struggles for her life and King Stefan confronts his memories, the Prince draws upon his inner strength and the wisdom of an ancient duke to save the throne.