The Heart of Princess Osra
by Daniel Wisehart
"The Heart of Princess Osra" is a collection of nine short stories or
adventures set in the early 1700's. It is a fanciful time of castles and kings and
princes wandering the countryside. Though courting and marriage between courts are
matters of empires and of ambassadors, Princess Osra is too proud and too beautiful to be
the pawn of an arranged agreement between kingdoms. Though her father, King Henry,
and later her brother, King Rudolf, go to great lengths to find a worthy suitor, it seems
that no one can catch and hold the fancy of Princess Osra.
"When Prince Ludwig came next day to see her and told her with
grave courtesy that his pleasure lay in doing her will, she broke out:
'I had rather it lay in watching my face,' and then, ashamed, she
turned away from him.
He seemed grieved and hurt at her words; it was with a sigh that he
said: 'My life shall be spent in giving you joy.' She turned round on him
with flushed cheek and trembling lips:
'Yes, but I had rather it were spent in getting joy from me.' "
So the adventures go, each one building on the next; each time a man comes close to
Princess Osra, he falls back, dead, deranged or spurned. Will Princess Osra
never find love and marry? You will have to read the book to find out.
The writing, the stories and the interaction between characters make this a book I
Daniel Wisehart is a computer software developer