Heart Thief by Robin D. Owens

Heart Thief

Ruis Elder never asked for his unusual trait—the ability to neutralize others' psychic talents. Because of it, he has always been hated in his own homeland, destined to roam the harsh planet alone. But trouble finds him in front of the ruling Council—and face-to-face with the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. There's only one problem: Ailim is on the opposite side of...

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Heart Thief Reviews

  • Robin

    Some people still like this story the very best.

  • Cindy

    Rereading...

    Heart Thief is book 2 of the Celtan Heart Mates series. All the books are wonderful but if I had to pick a favorite, this one would probably be it. The hero and heroine are outstanding. Ruis is a fugitive and more than a bit of a rogue. His society scorns him because he is a Null, not only is he unable to use the Flair their society runs on - but he makes it impossible for others to use theirs. He is a thief who steals to live and indulge his hobby of fixing the old earth devices no

    Rereading...

    Heart Thief is book 2 of the Celtan Heart Mates series. All the books are wonderful but if I had to pick a favorite, this one would probably be it. The hero and heroine are outstanding. Ruis is a fugitive and more than a bit of a rogue. His society scorns him because he is a Null, not only is he unable to use the Flair their society runs on - but he makes it impossible for others to use theirs. He is a thief who steals to live and indulge his hobby of fixing the old earth devices no one cares about. Ailim is a judge, raised to revere the law and care for her [thoroughly unpleasant:] family. As a telempath, Ailim is constantly bombarded by the thoughts and emotions of others and she finds Ruis very restful. Ruis is exiled on pain of death should he return. Of course he returns, Ailim is there and so is his new hideout, the last existing starship that brought their ancestors to Celta...

    The moral conflicts between what is legal and what is ethical make this a more powerful story than the first.

    One of the strengths of Robin Owens' writing is her believable world-building. She has crafted a fascinating, self-consistent world that she draws the reader into - background information always appears when needed and is never presented out of context. The characters have depth and you see their world, and their stories through their eyes.

    Do not read the series out of order...

    Celta Heart Mates series

    1. Heart Mate (2001)

    2. Heart Thief (2003)

    3. Heart Duel (2004)

    4. Heart Choice (2005)

    5. Heart Quest (2006)

    6. Heart Dance (2007)

    7. Heart Fate (2008)

    8. Heart Change (2009)

  • Holly

    Re-read 10/27/11: This is another favorite of the series. Ruis's gloomy personality bothered me more this time around. I loved Samba just as much as always. The ship and residences played larger roles and were much appreciated secondary characters.

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    I wasn't sure about this book when I first started it. Ruis Elder is a Null, which means he has no magical Flair. I wasn't sure how that would work in this world, but Owens pulled it off brilliantly.

    I really loved both Ruis and Ailim. The

    Re-read 10/27/11: This is another favorite of the series. Ruis's gloomy personality bothered me more this time around. I loved Samba just as much as always. The ship and residences played larger roles and were much appreciated secondary characters.

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    I wasn't sure about this book when I first started it. Ruis Elder is a Null, which means he has no magical Flair. I wasn't sure how that would work in this world, but Owens pulled it off brilliantly.

    I really loved both Ruis and Ailim. Their conflict - she is a Judge and he a Fugitive - was interesting and worked well. I really liked that the setting was something new.

    Samaba was a great Fam, too. I literally laughed out loud at her antics.

  • Kandi

    This is still my favorite Celta book. The setting is imaginative, and the various types of "flair" (psychic power) are handled in a way that feels science rather than magic. After reading so many paranormal romance titles, some pretty awful admittedly, this was fun. I appreciated the discovery made by the main character. The message being that there is a place and reason for everyone, for all types of talents. The romance aspect was almost secondary, but full of resonance for me. Some people jus

    This is still my favorite Celta book. The setting is imaginative, and the various types of "flair" (psychic power) are handled in a way that feels science rather than magic. After reading so many paranormal romance titles, some pretty awful admittedly, this was fun. I appreciated the discovery made by the main character. The message being that there is a place and reason for everyone, for all types of talents. The romance aspect was almost secondary, but full of resonance for me. Some people just fit together, that what may appear as a negative to some people will be seen as a positive to others.

    I am reading Heart Secret, the latest in the series now and like the inter-connectedness of the characters from previous books, without the "hey remember that guy" feeling that can sometimes entail.

    These are fast, fun, fluffy reads and I recommend a visit to Celta for the fun of it.

  • Chloe

    81%

    This was a surprisingly great book, although not one that you can read in one sitting if you're a lazy, distractable reader like me.

    In my mind the length of a romance novel should be (out of ten)

    romantic tension x drama factor x complexity of plot = pages

    for this one i'd say 6x5x6 = 180 pages, much closer to a novella then the full novel it is. Really this is just me nitpicking though, this is a fantastic book, while the first book was more to my style and taste I think this one had more dep

    81%

    This was a surprisingly great book, although not one that you can read in one sitting if you're a lazy, distractable reader like me.

    In my mind the length of a romance novel should be (out of ten)

    romantic tension x drama factor x complexity of plot = pages

    for this one i'd say 6x5x6 = 180 pages, much closer to a novella then the full novel it is. Really this is just me nitpicking though, this is a fantastic book, while the first book was more to my style and taste I think this one had more depth. It's the characters that make this book great and for me characterisation in romance novels is paramount. I can remember picking this book up after reading the first book and being severely sceptical about the desirability of a main character who, to my mind, was virtually useless. Owens has proven me severely wrong and I thought her solutions were ingenious. The vindication of the embittered but resilient Ruis is so rewarding and Ailim's struggle with her truly irritating relatives and their financial burden adds reality and dimension to the characters. The setting is, as always, unique and interesting. I think the setting for the entire series is good for people who are generally more interested in urban fantasy or paranormal romance settings. Lastly this series is a great one for cat lovers, Samba is just as adorable as Zanth.

  • Paraphrodite

    The hero Ruis is a Null, someone who can negate all the pyschic spells around him in a world that values such powers. Abused and usurped by his wicked uncle as the Head of his house since the death of his parents, his only solace in the repairing of old Earth machineries that everyone else thinks are worthless.

    I liked the theme about valuing the past and what it can teach us. I actually enjoyed this second book of the Celta series even more than the first.

  • Kathleen

    Fun paranormal or sci-fi romantic suspense. I liked it! I sympathized with and admired the H/ h and enjoyed the plot, even though it was implausible at times.

    This series is set on a distant planet called Celta, settled by voyagers from Earth about four centuries ago. Over the centuries everyone on the planet developed a specialized "flair" or magical ability -- everyone except hero Ruiz, who lives inside a _______. Some interesting scenes in there.

    The plot involved an evil uncle,

    Fun paranormal or sci-fi romantic suspense. I liked it! I sympathized with and admired the H/ h and enjoyed the plot, even though it was implausible at times.

    This series is set on a distant planet called Celta, settled by voyagers from Earth about four centuries ago. Over the centuries everyone on the planet developed a specialized "flair" or magical ability -- everyone except hero Ruiz, who lives inside a _______. Some interesting scenes in there.

    The plot involved an evil uncle, out to kill Ruiz. Over the course of the book, Ailim, the noble heroine, helps Ruiz regain his lost rights and Ruiz helps Ailim protect her Great House.

    Ruiz Elder has no magic -- almost unheard of on a magical planet. He is a null; he can nullify everyone else's magic simply by his presence. The predominantly magical society fears and even loathes him for it in some cases, overlooking his noble heart. Ruiz is the rightful heir and Grand Lord of the Great House of Elder, but his vile uncle stole his birthright some 30 years ago. He's a fighter, not a victim. I liked how he thumbed his nose at the high council, refusing to put up with their unfair ruling. Ruiz tried to overcome his bitterness -- and he had many reasons to be bitter -- and focus instead on his own kind of "magic" -- figuring out how the old gadgets and gizmos from Earth work, and fixing them. I liked his attitude! He lives with his big fat cat, a loyal but willful Fam (familiar) who can communicate with him. (Sometimes the cat is annoying.)

    Ruiz falls in love with Ailim, a Great Lady. She is a magical empath, which makes her a good judge. She gets tired of hearing everyone's thoughts and emotions, so she loves being in the Null's presence (cliché). Ailim has to lead her noble house, but still she risks it all to seek justice for Ruiz, because she alone believes in him -- and she's the only one, pretty much, who has ever loved him. In his life. I liked her insight and courage.

    The relationship developed too fast. Love at first sight, basically. However, I still felt some sense of rising friendship, intimacy and sexual tension. And sex was delayed for a while. Good chemistry, but not great.

    I chuckled just a bit, here and there. Some parts outraged my sense of fair play. At other times, I smiled and cheered -- especially for Ruiz. The author put me squarely in Ruiz's camp. In a few cases, I felt some real tension, but not too much, because this a romance, where all's well that ends well. Some repetitive and boring internal dialogue -- I skimmed though those paragraphs. I don't like THINKING unless it is sparingly used (Georgette Heyer is the queen of well-placed but infrequent rumination). Some plot points just did not add up -- for example, I thought it improbable that the extremely wise and well-educated high council would convene such a kangaroo court at the beginning of the book. At the end, I was

    by the _____ scene. Eewww! Just gruesome!

    The author is repetitive. The love developed too rapidly. The plot wrapped up much too quickly and easily. The uncle was vanquished too fast. He should have been made to suffer more, and admit his heinous crimes. The names of the people were hard to pronounce. I didn't like the initials, like T'Elder and D'Elder (but I did like that the great houses all had names related to a tree, like Elder, Ash, Holly, Grove, etc.). The initial D indicates a lady (think d is for dame) and T indicates a lord.

    I enjoyed the book! It offered a refreshing change of pace and I cared about the H / h.

    Several sex scenes. Violence, charred flesh, etc. Minimal swearing.

  • Thenia

    The story of Ruis Elder, null, thief and outcast, and Ailim, judge and head of her family.

    These two meet under peculiar circumstances and immediately feel kinship and an attraction that they try not to act upon, but end up exploring. They make a balanced couple and help each other become better, but Ruis's moment of intense stupidity almost ruins everything between them. Thankfully for them and the rest of their world which benefited greatly by the revelation of what Ru,is had to offer, they man

    The story of Ruis Elder, null, thief and outcast, and Ailim, judge and head of her family.

    These two meet under peculiar circumstances and immediately feel kinship and an attraction that they try not to act upon, but end up exploring. They make a balanced couple and help each other become better, but Ruis's moment of intense stupidity almost ruins everything between them. Thankfully for them and the rest of their world which benefited greatly by the revelation of what Ru,is had to offer, they manage to make things work and eventually get their happy ever after ending.

    An intriguing world, realistic, flawed characters that the reader ends up rooting for and a great male narrator who brings the story to life. I look forward to reading more of the series, starting with

    and Holm Holly's story next.

  • Shaineinok

    Quite a bit better than the first book. Enjoyable setting and plot. Will continue with this series.

  • Margaret

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