Berkley, Jun 2003, 5.99, 352 pp.
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.
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.
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.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner