As a FirstSon, Ruis Elder should have been born into a life of power and privilege, yet a twist of fate has forced him into a constant fight for survival. On the planet Celta, where psychic talents (Flair) are highly prized, Ruis was born a Null. Not only does he have no Flair, his presence neutralizes others' Flair. Feared and despised, he lives as a thief to survive. Unfortunately, he's angered some very powerful people and faces the judgment of the FirstFamilies Council— death or banishment.

GrandLady Ailim D'SilverFir has recently come to power in her family and will take her place as a judge on the Council. With her family's finances in dire straits, Ailim must also ask assistance from the Council. It is while waiting for an audience that she meets Ruis. To her astonishment she finds herself completely at peace with Ruis, her usual telempathy calm.

Despite knowing that any relationship with Ruis is doomed, Ailim is completely attracted to him. Ironically, it is banishment that brings Ruis to the discovery of his true destiny… that is, if he can stay alive long enough to pursue it.

Hot futuristic author Robin D. Owens is back and exploring more stories from the planet Celta. Ruis and Ailim are complex and troubled people who struggle with their places in life and their future destiny. (Jun., 352 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith