Elegant yet violent, breathtakingly handsome yet brutal, the assassin Allegreto has returned in this long-awaited sequel to Laura Kinsale's FOR MY LADY'S HEART. 14th-century Europe is a vicious place, awash with murky alliances and political maneuvering. As the bastard son of the Navona family, Allegreto seeks to claim his rightful place in the Italian principality of his birth. When his standard tools of deception and murder prove unable to complete the task, Allegretto must take a bride--the lovely and innocent Lady Elena, the princess of Monteverde--by force. Soon it becomes clear that Fate has brought these two close--but it is a dangerous passion that binds them together. As Allegreto and Elena journey to Italy, will they be safe from her jealous fiancé? Or from their own dangerous desires? Filled with rich, historical language and period detail, SHADOWHEART lays out a tale of intense passion and shifting power that will leave its readers breathless.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.