Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Smoke Thief (Drakon #1)

Title: The Smoke Thief (Drakon #1)
Author: Shana Abé
Published: 2006
Synopsis from Goodreads

For centuries they’ve lived in secret among northern England’s green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret–and their survival–is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary....

Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London police. His wealthy victims claim the master burglar can walk through walls and vanish into thin air. But Christoff, the charismatic Marquess of Langford, knows the truth: the thief is no ordinary human but a “runner” who’s fled Darkfrith without permission. As Alpha leader of the dra´kon, it’s Kit’s duty to capture the fugitive before the secrets of the tribe are revealed to mortals. But not even Kit suspects that the Smoke Thief could be a woman.

Clarissa Rue Hawthorne knew her dangerous exploits would attract the attention of the dra´kon. But she didn’t expect Christoff himself to come to London, dangling the tribe’s most valuable jewel–the Langford Diamond–as bait. For as long as she could remember, Rue had lived the life of a halfling–half dra´kon, half mortal–and an outcast in both worlds. She’d always loved the handsome and willful Kit from the only place it was safe: from afar. But now she was no longer the shy, timid girl she’d once been. She was the first woman capable of making the Turn in four generations. So why did she still feel the same dizzying sense of vulnerability whenever he was near?

From the moment he saw her, Kit knew that the alluring and powerful beauty was every bit his Alpha equal and destined to be his bride. And by the harsh laws of the dra´kon, Rue knew that she was the property of the marquess. But they will risk banishment and worse for a chance at something greater. For now Rue is his prisoner, the diamond has disappeared, and she’s made the kind of dangerous proposition a man like Kit cannot resist....In this bewitching novel, Shana Abé transports us into a world of exhilarating romance and magic.

Written almost like a ballad

This lyrical love song will leave you breathless with it's whimsical descriptions of Old London and the dragons that used to claim the sky.

I couldn't put it down. I should have read this ages ago. If you enjoyed "Firelight" and want something more adult then you should really check this book out. Trust me, you'll love it.

I adored how this book was mainly narrative and not loaded with dialogue. I think that really made it read more like a fairytale which really really worked well.

I am so pleased that there was hardly any cussing. That was fab. I can't stand it when books throw in rowdy words just to make their characters seem rough and tough.

As for the characters. I adored each one but couldn't stand the way they dressed. Don't get me wrong... powdered wigs might be fab to some people but I don't want my broodys in stockings and buckles... I rather have them in plaid ;)

Loved this book! and can't wait to read the next one!!

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  1. I have loved each of the works penned in this series by Shana Abe, have the first four books and somehow never got the 5th yet so looks like I need to get a copy of Time Weaver to catch up...

    Glad another person has fallen in love with the Drakon Greta, you are right is does somewhat come across as a fairy tale...

  2. Great Share! Will be keeping a look out for it!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog!!