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Heart Fate, by Robin D Owens

21 Mar

Heart Fate cover(Color me flabbergasted–this was supposed to post on Friday, but didn’t. In fact, it wasn’t anywhere in the blog. So I had to wait until I could access the original file at home, copy it and schedule it again. It’s not technology, it’s the user–I know 😉 )

Continuing on my quest to review all the Celta books I have in my possession, until such a time I actually catch up with the series, here’s another one! (Blame HollyAgain.)

Reader beware: there is past physical and sexual violence against the heroine starting when she was only fourteen, as well as references to a miscarriage. Also, the setup for this novel depends so heavily on events from the previous books–particularly the male protagonist’s current situation, which fuels the conflict between him and the heroine–that spoilers for those novels cannot be avoided when reviewing this one. Consider yourself warned.

Heart Fate, by Robin D Owens

This is the seventh book in the Heart/Celta books, and rightfully one of both Holly’s and my favorites. Both main characters are very likable, well fleshed out, and grow a lot through the story. The setting is wonderful in many ways, and some of the secondary characters are fantastic in their own right (Strother, I’m looking at you).

The worldbuiling in this series is unusual and specific enough to make coming into it cold at this point a rather dicey proposition. I strongly recommend starting at the beginning, with HeartMate. If you want to start here regardless, do yourself a favor and read the primer for the series that I wrote after the blurb in this review.

Without any further ado, here’s the blurb:

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Heart Change, by Robin D Owens

25 Feb

Heart ChangeThis is still Holly’s fault.

See, she reviewed Heart Fire here, and then I reviewed Heart Search here, and there was reminiscing in the comments to that review, and of course I had to come back and re-read Heart Change and Heart Fate. What’s a reader to do, after all?

So if you get bitten by the Celta bug, don’t look at me–it’s all Holly’s fault.

Heart Change, by Robin D Owens

This is the eight novel in the series, and I definitely do no recommend that anyone start here. The world building is complex on several levels–socially, religiously, technologically–so a new reader would be understandable lost.

To that, we must add the fact that the stories in this series literally build on one another, and a number of previous characters make appearances in the current story, and really, it just makes sense to start at the beginning. Being less confused by the world building and less overwhelmed by the large cast of characters means more enjoyment of this story, and that is always a good thing to me.

If however, you decide to plunge into the world of Celta with Heart Change, please take a moment to read the quick summary I offer after the blurb in this review–you’ll find it useful, I promise.

And with that, here’s the blurb as it appears in my print copy:
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Heart Search, by Robin D Owens

30 Jan

Heart SearchIt’s been over five years since I wrote my review of HeartMate, the first book in the Celta series, and I wrote the review for the second novel, Heart Thief, just a year ago.

Honestly, I don’t quite know why that is, as I am still a fan of the series, as I commented in this review of Heart Fire over at The Book Binge (though admittedly not as ardent as I once was).

However, life and my reading and reviewing being what they are, it’s unlikely I’ll review all the books in the series, so I’m jumping to the most recent title I actually own.

Heart Search, by Robin D Owens

For starters, I strongly suggest that you don’t start reading the series with this book. Not so much because it’s not the best example of the series (more on this below),  but because the world building is key to character motivation and growth.

Celtan culture is complex, so if you don’t understand the cultural and political pressures the characters operate under, a lot of what they do, and most of what they feel and think, will seem contrived.

Further, and taking into account that Heart Search is the tenth title in the series,¹ the cast of characters from previous books who make an appearance–and actually have speaking parts–is fairly long. So while there is some sequel baiting, a lot of the setup for this story is rooted on events that happened some fifteen years before the book actually starts.

Here’s the dreaded back over blurb from my print copy:
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Heart Thief, by Robin D. Owens

29 Jan

Heart ThiefA while back I wrote a short piece on how I can be a devoted fan of a specific series by an author and have no interest whatsoever in the rest of their work. This is the case with Ms Owens. I really, really enjoy her Heart/Celta books. I find the series as a whole—or at least as far as I’ve read, I think I’m a couple of books behind—wonderful and refreshing, for many reasons. And yet, I have never felt any interest in trying her other work. Your mileage, obviously, may vary.

Which brings me to…

Despite being a fan of the world and the novels, I am also aware that this is not a series that should be glommed. In fact, two books straight is my limit. Why? Because there are some writing mannerisms that start getting on my nerves as soon as I start on a third novel in a row. And here again, your mileage may vary.

Now, on with the actual review.

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Heart Thief, by Robin D. Owens

This is only the second of the Celta novels and also only Ms Owens’ second published book. The world building is very consistent with what we learn in HeartMate, but the whole concept of fated mates (one SLWendy so despises¹) is explored from a completely different direction. Heart Thief is one of my favorites in the series so far.

Okay, I’m again getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the much hated blurb:
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HeartMate, by Robin D. Owens

1 Sep

HeartMate, by Robin D. Owens

The first in the Heart series set on the planet Celta, HeartMate was also Ms Owens debut novel. Seven more books in the series have been written since its publication in 2001 (Heart Change, the eighth title, will be released in November). A wonderful blend of fantasy and science fiction serve as background to this romance.

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