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The Treasure Keeper
The Drákon Series, Book 4
Bantam
ISBN-10: 0553591223 ISBN-13: 978-0553591224

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Something Dark is coiled around your heart.

Something scaled and glistening, and ferociously beautiful. It has been with you all your days and nights, all your years, in all your thoughts, shaping every single movement: your hands, your lips, your respiration.

It lives because you live. It lives because magic is real.

You are a dragon.

Drákon.

The lush green shire of Darkfrith, England hides a sparkling secret: a tribe of shapeshifting creatures who have the ability to Turn from human to smoke to dragon. Fierce, lovely, and dangerous, they've lived for centuries disguised as people, undetected by the human beings surrounding them. Until now.

The sanf inimicus, human dragon hunters, have found the shire. And now members of the tribe are going missing, one by one: a little girl. A devoted fiancé. And the reckless, handsome youngest son of the Alpha of the drákon: Lord Rhys Langford.

Zoe Lane is only the village seamstress. Her intellect and ice-cold beauty has left her isolated even amid her own kind. Her final chance to fit in among the tribe was the promise of marriage to Hayden James, a loyal drákon scout sent out into the world to help battle the sanf.

When Hayden vanishes without word, Zoe at last lets loose the Gifts she's kept hidden from her clan: the power to Turn invisible. The ability to see ghosts in glass, to hear the voices of the dead. To read thoughts.

She's determined to find her fiancé and bring him home again if she can. But when she reaches glittering, simmering eighteenth century Paris, she discovers the ghost who haunts her every move isn't Hayden, but Rhys.

Her childhood love.

Rhys's world has gone gray and thin; he isn't even certain if he's alive or dead. His existence is focused solely around Zoe, the only spark of color and true life left to him. Protecting her is going require all of his drákon skill—even as a ghost—because she's determined to strike a blow against the sanf they won't soon forget.

She's his last lifeline to the living world. And he's the one drákon who ever touched her heart.

Only together can they discover the true fate of their kind, and save them all from the traitor in their midst who would destroy them in a heartbeat....

RECOGNITION

A Romantic Times BOOKreviewsTop Pick
A Main Selection for the Rhapsody Book Club, and a Featured Alternate for the Science Fiction Book Club, Doubleday Book Club and the Book of the Month Club
Nominated Best Historical Vampire/Werewolf/Shapeshifter Romance by RT Book Reviews
Finalist for the Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Award by the Australian Romance Readers Association
Finalist for the Golden Quill Award

REVIEWS

"Readers fell in love with Abé's drákon (dragons) in The Smoke Thief, and the infatuation continues in the fourth book in the series. Complex, enthralling and captivating, Abé's storytelling has you soaring through wild adventures and spellbinding scenes made possible by the power of love and the forces of magic. You'll believe in these fabled creatures and let your imagination take flight."
Romantic Times BOOKreviews

"Denver author Shana Abé's fourth installment in her series of fantasy novels about the drákon, a race of dragons who masquerade as human beings, but who can shift to smoke or dragon forms, is the best one so far. In the 18th century the drákon in Darkfrith, an isolated village in England, originally thought themselves safe, but they have discovered that human hunters in an organization called the sanf inimicus are out to destroy them. In The Treasure Keeper, Zoe Lane, a drákon seamstress discovers that, though she is unable to turn to a dragon, she has the unique power of invisibility. Zoe travels to Paris to save her fiancé and the man she truly loves from these dark forces.

Final Word: In this fantasy/romance Abé again proves that she is better at the fantasy and the romance—and the adventure—than most of the other authors in the genre."
Rocky Mountain News

"Author Shana Abé has written three other stories about the Drákon: The Smoke Thief, The Dream Thief, and Queen of Dragons, all equal in excellence. While each stands alone as a story-there is enough back-story skillfully woven into each tale for easy understanding-you will certainly want to read them all upon reading your first. Skillful writing, excellent characters, fascinating setting and outstanding story earn The Treasure Keeper a Perfect 10."
—Romance Reviews Today

"With intense feelings and emotions, Ms. Abé has once again written a sensual and remarkable fantasy. The Treasure Keeper continues the story about a world filled with men who have the special ability to Turn into dragons and the women who have special gifts of their own. What I love most about Ms. Abé's stories is that each of her novels is intertwined but can still be read as a standalone. Zoe comes across as such a strong woman, something unique within the drákon clique, and Rhys is an alpha male who can still show great emotions. A wonderful story filled with suspense, love, spicy sex, and heartfelt emotions, this book will have you aching for more."
—Coffee Time Romance & More

"Shana Abé is an extraordinary storyteller who weaves a compelling tale of romantic fantasy unlike any other. The Treasure Keeper is probably the darkest and most intense addition to this series with an intricate plot and complex characters who stay with you long after finishing the book."
—Fresh Fiction