Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Smoke Thief by Shana Abé

The Smoke Thief:
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....

I love dragon shifters almost as much as I love werewolves, and Shana Abé created the perfect world for me to delve right in and enjoy them. Her dragon lore was explained thoroughly in the beginning of the book, and her characters pulled me into the story. I loved that this was based in historical England rather than a modern day background, it made the story exceptionally more vivid with Shana's wonderful storytelling. The way Shana describes the dragons in flight made me feel almost as if I was among the clouds myself. Mystery and danger surround Rue and Kit, keeping this page-turner a fast paced book. The sexual tension between the main characters definitely keeps you coming back for more, and the lure of their romance hooked me from the beginning.

1 comment:

  1. Dragons and romance? I'm hooked already. Looking at it on my NOOK right now to buy...


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