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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.Read more ›
We first met the rage filled Null very briefly in Heartmate, as he stole T’Ash’s HeartGift. Heart Thief is his story, as he is captured and brought to trial. The reader finds out some of his awful history of being abused and cast out by those who should have sheltered him – his Family. And now he is to be cast out Druida City, for sins that at least in part should not be attributed to him. Ailim D’Silverfir has recently become Head of her Family. She has great Flair in empathy, and is a Judge. She and Ruis meet and she finds incredible relief in his Nullness – at last she can relax her mental shields and just experience life with her other five senses – a luxury she cannot normally allow herself. But Ruis is supposed to be banished, and she is a Judge…
Although a sequel and sharing many characteristics, the story of Ruis and Ailim is very different from the earlier book.Read more ›
Because Ruis is banished from the city, and Ailim is a judge and pledged loyalty to their society, their falling in love is a to be kept a secret...
As the story unfolds it promises to be very good, but the 'villains' of the story are to all-powerful which, I think, unbalances the otherwise very good story. With a less powerful enemy the last part of the book could be much stronger. However I enjoyed the book and will certainly buy Robin D. Owens next book 'HeartDuel' which is about Holm Holly and Lark Collinson Hawthorn (please Mrs. Owens, bring in (an)other Fam(s), because they are sooo much fun! And please do not let the feud between the Hollys and the Hawthorns overwhelm the love-struggle between the two!)