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Rand T'Ash is a member of one of the Great Houses, very well endowed psychically (called Flair on Celta, where most of the population have some degree of talent). Tragically he has lost his family and all that he has now is his Fam, Zanth, a cat. Or something more than a cat - but a cat nevertheless (once you read it you will understand).
Danith Mallow is also alone, living an ordinary life, until one day she walks into Rand's shop, and finds out what he believes is her place in his life - that of Heartmate. From then on, Danith's life is turned upside down.
The world of Celta is carefully built by Owens, and one I found completely believable and exciting.
What makes the book for me, aside from the fact that it is such an original concept and the story is crafted so well, is that Danith is able to hold her own against the strength of Rand T'Ash - one of the most powerful men on their world. Rand knows what it is he wants and pursues it with single minded purpose. He completely believes that Danith is his Heartmate, the other half to his soul, and devotes himself to winning her. There is nothing that he will not do for her. And he has the additional assistance that his Fam is on his side. If you are one for the sisterhood, whilst being a closet soppy romantic (did I mention Rand will do anything at all for Danith? And that while he is so powerful in terms of Flair, yet he feels unworthy of her?) I'm sure you will enjoy this book as much as I do.
Of course, Zanth never was in any doubt of the outcome.
I hope that Owens is well into the next story - it will only take the name on the cover to have me buying it.
All his life, Rand T'Ash has looked forward to meeting his Heartmate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough but now a respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect Heartcraft, which, in the custom of the psychically-gifted population of the planet Celta, is the way a man finds - and attracts - his wife...
Danith Mallow is irresistibly drawn to the magnificent necklace on display in T'Ash's shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering attraction. In a world where everyone is defined by their psychic ability, Danith has little, and thus if at the opposite end of the social spectrum from T'Ash. But T'Ash refuses to accept her rejection, and sees it as a challenge instead. They are Heartmates, but can T'Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his side?
I really enjoyed this debut book from Robin D Owens, so much so that I read it in one sitting. Boy, am I glad no-one else was around, I was chuckling to myself so much that they would have sent in the men in white coats.
This book is as humorous as a Sandra Hill novel. I hope this is just the beginning, and that I don't have to wait too long for the next installment.
Rand T'Ash witnessed his family brutally murdered in a fire when he was just a young child and barely escaped himself into Downwind - the slums of the city! He survived and has come a long way from the street tough who succeeded in his vengeance quest. He has re-established himself and is now a respected nobleman and artisan. All that is left is to seek his HeartMate and start a family.
In a society where psychic ability is the norm, Danith Mallow has little and therefore is at the other end of the social spectrum from T'Ash. She is resistant to the attraction between them and wants nothing to do with this dark, brooding stranger who wants to turn her world upside down.
This is a heart warming story of a man who goes through hoops to lay claim to his lady love while struggling to keep his inner self hidden. Danith also needs to trust in the man she loves and overcome her deep routed fears of abandonment and loneliness. Each dangerous adventure they share seems to bring them closer but will this be enough......
The background world of this novel is interesting, and clearly larger than the book itself shows. But without having read any other stories in the same universe, this one confuses a little as there is little/no explanation of the world in which the main characters move.
The premise is nice, and the interaction between T'Ash and his Fam(iliar) is often amusing, but T'Ash shows so little emotion that it is hard to engage with him as a character. The subplot - Danith's abrupt elevation in status after T'Ash reveals the magic ('Flair') in her - could have been an interesting byplay, but Danith accepts it far too readily, and there is no real threat to her through either the loss of her old friends, or her potential relationship with T'Ash. The additional subplot of the original HeartGift being stolen, seems to go nowhere at all.
I read the whole book, which is more than I do with some, but I'm not sure I'll lift it off the shelf again.