The Dream Thief
The Drákon Series, Book 2
ISBN-10: 0553588052 ISBN-13: 978-0553588057
Return to a world of
smoke and mist, where clouds enshroud bejeweled dragons,
and a pair of illicit lovers will risk their lives to
save a people who are not people at all. Return to the
world of the drákon...
In the hidden mines of the Carpathian
mountains rests Draumr, a legendary singing diamond
so powerful it has to potential to enslave the most
magnificent beings on earth: the drákon, shapeshifters
with the ability to Turn from human to smoke to dragon.
And in rural eighteenth-century England, only one woman
can hear its hypnotic call...
Lia Langford is the daughter of the
tribe's Alpha, the result of generations of potent dragon
bloodlines, but by all appearances she is Giftless.
Fifth of five children, quiet and shy, Lia harbors a
secret, one that would tear apart her people should
they discover it: She dreams the future. And in it,
she is the final witness to the end of her kind.
She realizes that the only man who
can help her stop what is to come is the very mortal
destined to destroy her world: Zane, a darkly clever
master thief, the sole human trusted by the tribeand,
Lia knows, her future lover.
A London urchin who was once rescued
by the drákon, Zane has grown into a man of feral
practicality and knife-edged control. His loyalty to
the tribe is tested only by his desire for power; with
Draumr in his hands and Lia at his side, Zane
will truly become a force beyond reckoning.
Lia is determined to reach the diamond
first and change her fate. But love is not so readily
swayed, and destiny is not so easily denied...
Named by Amazon.com the #1 Romance in
the Best Books of the Year!
A Main Selection in the Rhapsody Book Club, and a Featured
Alternate in the Doubleday Book Club and the Science
Fiction Book Club
A Romantic Times BOOKclub Top Pick
Nominated for the prestigious RITA award by Romance
Writers of America
Named Best Fantasy Book of the Year by Romance Reviews
Winner of the CRW Award of Excellence
Winner of the Best Cover for Alternate Reality by Cover
"The Dream Thief reads like
an evocative fairytale, filled with the sights, scents
and tastes of life and love in the wonderful fashion
and mores of the late [18th] century. Amelia and Zane's
courtship is perilous. She is a virgin who knows too
much about physical love; Zane is the jaded thief who
knows nothing of love. The prose flows like a lyrical
dream and the story will steal your heart, earning The
Dream Thief a Perfect 10."
"Shana Abé has followed up her
hardcover debut, The Smoke Thief, with another
stunning example of a unique and absorbing paranormal
historical romance. The plot moves along at a brisk
pace and the characters are life-like and captivating.
This engrossing story kept me glued to the pages. An
Tanzey Cutter, Fresh Fiction
"In the masterful realm is the
exquisite The Dream Thief by Shana Abé, the second
in a series of paranormal romance novels about the drákon,
or dragon-people, who inhabit a secluded shire in 18th-century
England. Lady Amalia Langford, daughter of the clan's
Alpha, is blessedor cursedto see the future,
and her visions show her own path is fraught with passion,
adventure and a terrible choice she will have to make
between her beloved and her family. Attempting to thwart
fate, she gallops directly toward it, and into the arms
of the man who might very well destroy her. Abé is a
multiple RITA finalist, and the reasons are clearThe
Dream Thief is a heady, fast-paced, heartbreakingly
romantic story rendered in hypnotically beautiful language."
Barbara Samuel, BookPage
"Although brief references are
made to the characters and actions within the first
book of a trilogy-to-be, The Smoke Thief, this
book easily stands on its own. Having been wholly entertained
by this book, this reviewer will certainly find and
read the prior tale, and believes everyone who enjoys
well-written fantasy romance will enjoy reading both
Carolyn Frank, SFRevue
"Four and a half stars!"
Romantic Times BOOKclub
"The Dream Thief is like
an elaborate fairy tale. The fantasy is unsurpassed
as the legend of the diamond unfolds through the story.
Amalia's gifts are the perfect counterpoint to Zane's
ruthless practicality. The visual imagery is stunning
and the entire experience takes on a dream-like quality
for the reader. The intertwining of the dream sequences,
the fable, and the plot create an intriguing atmosphere
that enchants. I can hardly wait to see what Ms. Abé's
fertile mind creates next."
A Romance Review
"FOUR STARS out of Four Stars!"
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