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"Fantasy Futuristic with a Feline Twist!"

Zanth, Rand's cat familiar is an integral part of this story that all cat lovers will appreciate. Zanth is not surprised that it takes a cat to rescue his man and woman. The thoughts and attitude of Zanth are true 'Earth cat' and not to be missed. I love that he is included on the cover with the hero, as he is such an important part of the story.

"Today you will meet your HeartMate" -- Rand T'Ash was thrilled to hear that he would finally meet his mate after waiting for so many years. He dreamed of her first when he was 18 before he began the battle to reestablish his GreatHouse and seek revenge on those who had destroyed his family.

He was now 37 and ready to begin his family. Unfortunately, Danith Mallow does not recognize him as her HeartMate, and misinterprets his motives. Rand's impatience and 'rough personality' has brought him frustration in the past, but this was beyond what he ever anticipated.

Not a man to be denied, Rand asks and gets advice from other nobles on how to win his HeartMate. As impatient as ever, though, he sets his own interpretation and timetable on this courtship. After being kept awake all night receiving gift deliveries every hour, Danith is at her wits- end.

The only good thing that has happened this week is that she has recently begun feeding what she believes is a stray cat. When she goes to confront Rand, she finds the stray is actually Rand's familiar, Zanth.

The settlers on planet Celta left Earth to escape persecution because of their special powers called FLAIR. Passage, the crisis points during development of these powers had emotional and psychic reactions often misunderstood. Rand is of a GreatHouse as he has strong Flair, but Danith was an orphan when tested and she believes she does not have Flair.

Rand recognized the mis-testing and after she agrees, tests her to find she has FLAIR as an animal healer. As this type of FLAIR is almost unheard of, Danith finds herself in a very public change to highest social status.

Her whole life is changed and she worries that she has lost the friends that have been like family to her. Meanwhile it has become known among the GreatHouses that she is Rand's HeartMate even if she has not yet agreed to this.

Rand's commitment to help a friend leads them into the middle of a riot during Discovery Days and Zanith, the cat, comes to their aid. The resulting times of crisis and discovery bring Rand and Danith together, but also force her through the times of Passage unprepared. Rand is there to help her through the crisis, but all this leads to a decision time for Danith. Rand must let her go and hope she finds her way back to him in spite of his rough edges.

Some of the paranormal divining methods may not be comfortable for those with strong Christian beliefs, but if taken as a fantasy, this is an enjoyable story that leaves hopes of sequels to visit the world of Celta and its residents again.

Cy Korte Copyright September, 2001
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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted September 24, 2001

SUMMARY

2002 RITA Finalist

T'Ash rolled the divination dice. The spun and stopped: "Today you will meet your HeartMate."

T'Ash has avenged his dead family and carefully crafted his life. He knows Danith is his future and the future of his clan. Danith, an orphaned commoner, wants life easy too. But one look at T'Ash tells her that he's going to make her life quite difficult. She knows he is noble, powerful and dangerous. Not for her. Then there's the second prophecy: A woman surrounded by blasers, in peril...

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HeartMate
(Celta series: Book 1)
by Robin D. Owens

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
August 1, 2006
Available: August 1, 2006
ISBN #0425212408
EAN #9780425212400
352 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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