"The complex emotional and relational conflicts build a memorable story"

The planet and society of Celta is again the setting for power struggles and the need for justice. Ruis Elder is a Null. More than NOT having flair (psi-power), his presence negates the power of those he is near. He has saved his sanity by restoring the old Earth machines. Ruis has been shunned and mistreated since childhood even as far as being stripped of his status as FirstSon and ElderHeir head of the family. Now his power-hungry Uncle as Captain of the Council has plotted to have him killed or exiled for theft.

Judge Ailim SilverFir has just inherited her position as GrandLady D'SilverFir, the head of her family. Forced by family financial difficulties to approach the Council for a loan, she is outside the Council room doors when Ruis is brought in chained and beaten. She intervenes with the guards and spends the short waiting time with him. His Null effect brings her temporary peace from her Telempathy although she is not in a position to help him with the Council.

Although the prophetess D'Vine exhorts the Council to reconsider their action against Ruis, he is condemned into exile and must remain outside the walls of Druida or risk death. Danith D'Ash (from HEARTMATE) brings Ruis a Fam cat, Samba; so for the first time in his life he is not alone. Rather than leave the city as ordered he heads for the last remaining Earth ship, Nuada's Sword. He finds the ship is sentient and lonely. Nuada's Sword accepts Ruis as Captain and desperately wants to keep him. Ruis insists on visiting Ailim and their forbidden relationship grows.

With Ailim, Nuada's Sword and Samba, Ruis is no longer alone. He is astounded by the different forms of love each of them has brought into his life. But with Ailim's position as judge and GrandLady and Ruis' discovery meaning his death, how can they become more than friends?

Ruis' emotional growth as he finds he has something to give those he loves occasionally conflicts with lessons life has taught him. Having both Ailim and Nuada's Sword giving him guidance often has him frustrated and going his own way, but always the love draws him back. The characters change and grow as the political plots thicken. The complex emotional and relational conflicts are clear and realistic. This is a story you will enjoy reading and I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 12, 2003


Ruis Elder never asked for his unusual trait - the ability to neutalize other's psychic talents. Because of it, he has always been hated in his own homeland, destined to roam the harsh planet alone. But trouble finds him in front of the ruling Council - and face-to-face with the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. There's only one problem: Ailim is on the opposite side of the bench...

Ailim has never before felt such passion coursing through her as she feels in Ruis's presence. And she never thought she would - at least not with a man so far beneath her station, a man who does not even have psychic powers. But even on the planet Celta, love is blind to such details. Separately, Ailim and Ruis must forgo their old lives. But together the can take on the world...

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Heart Thief
(Celta series, Book 2)
by Robin D. Owens

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
June 1, 2003
Available: June 3, 2003
ISBN #0425190722
EAN #9780425190722
352 pages
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Other Books by
Robin D. Owens

Enchanted Again
Enchanted No More
Heart Journey
Heart Change
Echoes in the Dark
Heart Fate
Keepers of the Flame
Heart Dance
Protector of the Flight
Heart Quest
What Dreams May Come
Sorceress Of Faith
What Dreams May Come
Heart Choice
Guardian of Honor
Heart Duel

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