"Ms. Owens really outdid herself with HEART THIEF!"
Druida City, Celta, 400 years after Colonization:
Ruis Elder has had a hard life. Banished from his
home because his nullness (the dampening of other Flair
powers by his presence) would destroy even the most
powerful spells that sustain the house over months of his
presence, Ruis has only known pain and rejection. When
guards sent by his Uncle Bucus arrest Ruis, he is barely
spared a sentence of death, much to his uncle's
displeasure. When the prophetess D'Vine announces that any
actions the council takes against Ruis will come back to
haunt them, Bucus brushes her warning off. One gets the
feeling immediately that his uncle's hatred goes far
the fact that Ruis is a null.
Ailim D'SilverFir is saddled with a family that never
stops complaining, an estate that is in financial and
literal ruin, and a Flair that makes it near impossible to
shut out the feelings of others. She's bombarded day and
with negativity, enough to drive anyone over the edge.
she goes to the Council to beg for a loan, the last thing
she expects is to meet Ruis, a man who shuts off the
maddening flow of emotions with his null field and teaches
her about the fine art of standing up for herself and
projecting an air of confidence and unaffectedness. She
should walk away when she learns he's a criminal, but she
can't. Not until she sees justice for Ruis.
If Ruis were a more cautious man, it would have ended
there, but Ruis is not your typical man. He has a fine
sense of honor and ethics that he sticks to, even when
hurt him. He also has a calling. Ruis is the one person on
Celta who understands not only the ancient writings from
Earth but the Earth machines that have been left to rot.
Ruis isn't about to accept banishment when everything he
loves is in Druida City, including the young head of a
Great House that he can't get out of his mind.
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat,
rolling in laughter and reaching for the Kleenex all in
package. The characters are wonderful. Ruis' mixed
are very poignant, and Ailim's blossoming sense of self
is beautifully written. As always, the Fams are great.
Anyone who has cats or puppies can't help but spend a lot
of time chuckling at how RIGHT she is about them.
The storylines weave together to make a tapestry of
imagery and life. The mystery of Ruis' past takes the
for me, though the intrigue binding them together is
equally important. There are so many sidelines going on at
one time, it can't help but be judged truly engaging.
Ms. Owens really outdid herself with HEART THIEF. If
liked HEART MATE,you haven't seen anything of what this
author can do yet. Anxiously awaiting all the rest of this
Reviewed for PNR by Brenna
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 8, 2003