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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    I am at the middle of her 2nd book and I am mesmerized by the beauty of the mental pictures she projects!

    Excellent story plots, characters (including Fams + Ship), and settings. To be telempathic and then find a haven like Ruis T'Elder- - what a balm! Like finding an oasis in the middle of the Sahara......priceless! Robin's writing just fascinates me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Second Homerun

    Heart Thief is great for readers who enjoy a little paranormal in their romance. Everyone on Celta has magical abilities except for Ruis. He just negates the magic of anyone around him. Thus everyone shuns him except Ailim. Ailim's magical ability is telepathic, most times to her dismay. Being near Ruis finally gives her a quiet she has never had before. Ruis though has an uncle, Bucus, who would like to secure his place as head of the house of Elder but needs Ruis dead to insure this. Ailim's honesty as a judge and love as a woman will see her place her own life in danger to protect Ruis from the wrongs she feels society and Bucus have dealt to Ruis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2003

    A DEFINITE KEEPER!!!

    I just finished HEART THIEF. What a great read. I loved the first book, HEART MATE, and it is still my favorite, but this one is oh so delicious. Ruis is a wonderful, wounded hero. He has so much anger and pain to over come and with Ailim's love and help he does but that is not the whole story. The story is of two people, outcasts in their society, one because of her great psi powers and one because of his lack of them, who come together and find joy, love and peace within themselves and each other. Samba, Ruis FAMcat, is a treat. She is just what you would think of if all cats could talk. She is prissy, has a superior attitude and yet is loving. When it suits her! We get to see many of the characters from HEART MATE and relive that book as well while enjoying the new ones we meet. There is great evil, adventure, passion, a Ship that is sentient and a great cast of good, bad and simply human characters. You won't be disappointed but simply delighted. Bravo Robin!! I can't wait for HEART DUEL, the next book about Celta, due out in May 2004. Robin even gives us a little taste of HEART DUEL by giving us the first chapter at the end of HEART THIEF. Did I love HEART THIEF? YES!!!! It's a definite keeper!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    tremendous science fiction romance

    In Druida City, Celta, Ruis Elder feels worthless, yet remains diligent trying to stay alive knowing his uncle sends assassins to kill him. Ruis also struggles to avoid the destructiveness of self pity as he bitterly thinks of how he should have been the Heir and ultimately the Lord of the GreatHouse rather than an outcast thief just because he has no psychic Flair except to nullify everyone else¿s abilities. <P>Celta Judge Ailim D'SilverFir heads her house, but as a telepath hates ¿hearing¿ the avaricious thoughts of her family. She pleads with the FirstFamily Council to loan her money to save her near bankrupt house. She meets incarcerated thief Ruis there and surprisingly finds his Null refreshing, as she does not have to wearily turn up her Flair powers to ignore feelings and thoughts. As they both wonder if they have found their HeartMate, each worries about what step to take to insure they become one. <P>HEART THIEF is a tremendous science fiction romance that affirms what many fans thought after reading the prequel (Heart Mate) that Robin D. Owens is one of the sub-genre¿s giant stars. The story line is faster than the speed of light, but more important is this world¿s society seems so real that psychic powers feel genuine. The lead couple is a star-crossed duo as their opposite ends of the psychic spectrum make them the least likely to pair yet love and the polarizing powers actually leads to a perfect coupling. Though the hero's uncle is too vile of an antagonist, readers will appreciate this richly textured other planetary romance. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2003

    Robin's pulls the HatTrick again!! Sheer Magic!

    Heart Thief is a follow up to brilliant HeartMate. (Heart Duel will follow so and we are delight to see a long line of Heart books ahead!!) It stands alone, but one has the purest thrill reading them in order. Owens took Ancient Celt-pagan lore & projected it on her imaginary planet of Celta. Centuries ago, Earth-travellers left on 3 ships and stumbled onto a world they called Celta. People of the original families arrived with 'Flair', witchcraft or magick, and over the centuries these powers have been refined, amplified. Each is born with power, which 'specialises' their talents that set them on their course in careers, and if lucky, reveals their HeartMate. Born of 13 royal houses, people born with Flair rule Celta. Only there are the rare Celtain born with a lack of powers? They are rare, yet it does happen. These are called Nulls; the 'Nullness' often drives them insane. This alone would cause them to be shunned, but their 'apartness' from Celta is amplified because when a Null is around, those with powers are neutralised. No spells, no magick can occur while they are present. For a society that has lost all technology, and use spells for everything - to protection their homes, healing, even down to cleaning their rugs - this is a frightening situation. In HeartMate, Ruis Elder was the thief who first stole, and then returned, the HeartGift T'Ash had made for his HeartMate. Ruis Elder is arrested for this and other thefts, but he was only using the gems he stole to repair machines the original settlers brought with them from earth. Ruis finds solace and sanity in repairs these long neglected devices. He tries to pretend he does not care; he is a Null and knows his arrest could end with his death. Ruis has been hunted by his Uncle Baucus T'Elder. Ruis was the Heir to the House of Elder, but after the death of his father and mother, it is discovered he is a Null. Baucus uses this to rob Ruis of his birthright. Baucus is a villain of the first class. He tortured Ruis as a child, and has murdered to secure his rise to Captain of the FirstFamilies. And he wants Ruis dead, for only then will he rest secure in his hold on the House of Elder. Ailim D' SilverFir is a Judge of Celta. She assumed the head of her house upon her mother's death. She is a Telempath, who uses her ability to read others thoughts to judge those brought before her. But she has to go before the FirstFamily Council, to beg for a loan because her house is in peril. She is so tired for it's hard to always hear the thoughts of others, to know their inner most feelings. Especially when her family her is so selfish, greedy and fights her in everything. So, while she waits to be called concerning the status on her loan request to save her House, she is surprised the man waiting sentencing, Ruis Elder, brings her peace. She recognises he is a Null, but instead of being fearful or repulsed, she finds his Nullness, brings her tranquillity. With him, she does not have to expend the vast Flair energy just to protect herself from the constant intrusion of everyone's thoughts. Since his Null void stops the powers of everyone around him, she finds a haven of peace when she is with Ruis. Ruis is banished, instead of sentence to death. But before leaving, Danith D'ash gives him a Familiar kitty, Samba, daughter-kitten to T'ash's Fam Zanth. This kitty leads him to the old Earthship Nuada's Sword. The space ship welcomes him as the descendant of the first Elder Captain. Here he can repair the technology that keeps he calm. But he finds Samba, the Ship (who has a strong sentient personality and becomes quit defence about her new Captain) and his love for Ailim is changing him. Despite the danger of being killed for breaking his banishment, he cannot stay away from Ailim and she, despite her oath for uphold the law, cannot turn him in or reject being with him, for only with him and his Nullness can she be herself. With FamKitty flying around on mini sauc

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2003

    Owen scores big with second book!

    HEART THIEF is Owen's second tale in the 'Heart' series (HEART DUEL upcoming third). HEARTMATE was just so original, so special it was hard to envision that a writer could pull off a second tour de force and make it as outstanding. Most sequels rarely match the freshness, the spark of originality of the first. That is NOT the case with HEART THIEF. If anything, it's even better! HEART THIEF takes up shortly after the end of HEARTMATE. It stands alone, but one gets the purest enjoyment reading them in order. Owens took Celtic pagan lore and projected it on her imaginary planet of Celta. Earth travelers left centuries ago on three ships and finally stumbled onto a world that could accept them. People of Celta arrived with 'Flair', magick or witchcraft, and over the centuries these powers have been refined, amplified. Each person is born with talents that 'specialize' their abilities, setting them on their course in life, careers, and if lucky, it reveals their HeartMate. Born of 13 royal houses, people with Flair rule Celta. But what happens to ones born lacking any powers? They are rare, but they do happen. They are called Nulls; the 'Nullness' generally drives them insane. This alone would cause them to be shunned, but their 'apartness' from Celta is amplified because when a Null is around, those with powers are neutralized. No spells, no magick can occur while they are present. For a society that has lost all technology and uses spells for everything - to protecting their homes, healing, even down to cleaning their rugs - this is a frightening situation. In HEARTMATE, Ruis Elder was the thief who first stole, and then returned, the HeartGift T'Ash had made for his HeartMate. Ruis Elder is arrested for this and other thefts, but he was only using the gems he stole to repair machines the original settlers brought with them from earth. Ruis finds solace and sanity in repairing these long-neglected devices. He tries to pretend he does not care; he is a Null and knows his arrest could end with his death. Ruis has been hunted by his Uncle Baucus T'Elder. Ruis was the Heir to the House of Elder, but after the death of his father and mother, it is discovered he is a Null. Baucus uses this to rob Ruis of his birthright. Baucus is a villain of the first class. He tortured Ruis as a child and has murdered to secure his rise to Captain of the FirstFamilies. And he wants Ruis dead, for only then will he rest secure in his hold on the House of Elder. Ailim D'SilverFir is a Judge of Celta. She assumed the head of her house upon her mother's death. She is a Telempath who uses her ability to read others' thoughts to judge those brought before her. But she has to go before the FirstFamily Council, to beg for a loan because her house is in peril. She is so tired for it's hard to always hear the thoughts of others, to know their innermost feelings. Especially when her family is so selfish, greedy and fights her in everything. So while she waits to be called concerning the status on her loan request to save her House, she is surprised the man awaiting sentencing, Ruis Elder, brings her peace. She recognizes he is a Null, but instead of being fearful or repulsed, she finds his Nullness brings her tranquility. With him, she does not have to expend the vast Flair energy just to protect herself from the constant intrusion of everyone's thoughts. Since his Null void stops the powers of everyone around him, she finds a haven of peace when she is with Ruis. Ruis is banished instead of sentenced to death. But before leaving, Danith D'ash gives him a Familiar kitty, Samba, daughter-kitten to T'ash's Familiar Zanth. This kitty leads him to the old Earthship Nuada's Sword. The spaceship welcomes him as the descendent of the first Elder Captain. Here he can repair the technology that keeps him calm. But he finds Samba, the Ship (who has a strong sentient personality and becomes quite defensive about her new Captain), and his love for A

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