This engaging fantasy romance continues a series that has provided multiple memorable characters, and even better, some of them have cameos in this story. The gradual flowering of Lori’s relationship with Draeg, the addition of beings to the circle of those who care about each of them, and the framework of support and love that begins to grow is beautifully described in counterpoint to the evil that is threatening Celta’s society. I love the snarky Fams and watching the give and take between the arrogant feline and brassy corvine and was fascinated to see their interactions with the non-Fam quadrupeds. The Residence and its various personalities was a bit chilling to observe as one ‘normally’ thinks of it as a supportive element, not something to be wary of. This story can probably be read as a stand-alone tale, but would be far better appreciated if one is familiar with some of the customs and beings that were introduced in previous tales.
What I love most about this series is the combination of fantasy and romanticism that is blended with science fiction as the possibilities of what humans are capable of is revealed. Naturally, the animals playing such a major role as Fams is also alluring to me and I maintain my hope that one day such a bond will become reality. This was another excellent addition to a nicely developed universe and I look forward to reading about many other charismatic beings from Celta.
“Heart Legacy” by Robin Owens is part of the ‘Celta’ series and features isolated Loridana (Lori) Itha Valerian, who is ostensibly the head of the Yew Family. Draeg Betony-Blackthorn goes undercover to investigate suspicions of Yew involvement in the violence ascribed to the Traditionalist proponents. The isolationism of the Yew Family makes them prime suspects, but Draeg discovers that Loridana has an intense love for the animals under her care even as she deals with the proscriptions that dictate almost every moment. Searching for a way to reach the very guarded woman has unexpected results, as Draeg discovers more about himself and what he wants from the future as well. Finding a way to get her to agree to having him in her life may be an almost impossible task, since their goals seem completely opposed, but hopefully, they can find a way to get past the untruths that their relationship starts out based upon, despite all of the complications they must overcome.
The award-winning author returns to her “wonderfully imaginative”* world of Heart Fire and Heart Fortune for an all-new Celta novel about a young woman’s destiny, and the one man whose love could be her downfall.
After the death of GrandLord Yew years ago, the Yews withdrew to their self-sustaining estate and disappeared from Celtan society. The current head of the household is believed to be eighteen-year-old Loridana. To find out, Draeg Blackthorn has been sent to the estate to spy, undercover as a stableman for the stridebeasts—beautiful creatures that hold a place in Lori’s heart no member of her family ever could.
Bullied by her family, Lori has decided to abandon her bloodline and live on her own with her true family—her animals. When Draeg discovers she’s rejecting her heritage, he’s appalled. He’s come to love the land as much as the woman, even spinning small fantasies of marrying Lori and becoming Lord and Lady of the manor. Draeg wants her to stay and fight her elders. For Lori, it’s an alternative that could render her absolutely powerless to pursue her own destiny, and drive her further away from her perfect dreams and the man she loves, Draeg.