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"Fantastic dark fantasy story!"

When we left off with the THE SMOKE THIEF, Rue had accompanied Kit back to Chasen and agreed to marry him. When we pick up the story with THE DREAM THIEF, Kit and Rue now have children. The orphan Rue took in and taught how to steal, Zane, is one of the few humans who know the secrets of the Drakon and does odd jobs for Kit and Rue. He even lives in Rue's old house in London. The mission he is undertake now is to find the famed diamond of Drakon legend, Draumr, and bring it back to the Drakon. This diamond can only be handled by a human since it affects any of the Drakon and can drive them mad with its song. Of course, none of the Drakon know exactly where the diamond is, or who may have it. They only know they can all hear the diamond singing to them. Rue can tell Draumr is in Eastern Europe, but that's all the help she can give Zane. For the amount of money Kit is willing to pay him, Zane sets off on a hopeless mission.

As a child, Lia has never really fit in with her sisters and brothers. Of course, with her father being leader of the Drakon and her mother one of the rare females who can Turn, Lia does have a lot to live up to. As far as she can tell, Lia only has one gift—she dreams of the future. All of her dreams have Zane in them so she knows he will be a part of her future. Of course, that's impossible given the fact Drakon are not allowed to mate with anyone not of their own kind. Lia also knows she will somehow be the one to find Draumr. When she shows no sign of being able to Turn, her parents allow her to go to a finishing school. Just before she is to graduate from the finishing school, Lia forges notes covering her absence from both the school and her parents and runs away to meet with Zane, breaking all the rules of her kind.

When Zane receives an invitation to a ball given by the local gentry addressed to his real name, he has no choice but to appear. Once there, he sees a beautiful woman he knows to be Drakon by her ethereal beauty. She looks vaguely familiar. When a woman commandeers him to the beauty, he finds out she is none other than Lia. She manages to convince him that he will need her to find Draumr and makes sure everyone knows the two of them are married. So off they go to the east to find the diamond of legend.

Will they be able to find Draumr? Will anything come of the attraction between Lia and Zane? Will they have a future together? Will it be as Lia has dreamed? Zane controlling her and the Drakon with Draumr? Will her family accept Zane as her husband? What will the two of them find at the end of their journey? Are there other Drakon?

THE DREAM THIEF is a very different type of fairy tale. Shana Abe once again weaves her magic and transports us back to the Regency era in this thrilling story. This story held me spellbound as we once again get the opportunity to learn about life among the Drakon. Shana Abe has a definite talent in writing to fit the time period and this story is no exception to that. With Zane's character growing up a thief to keep himself alive and doing whatever it takes to survive, added to Lia's growing up as the pampered daughter of an English nobleman, the two of them are definitely diverse. Shana Abe did a brilliant job of keeping me in suspense to see which way he would go in the end; if he would pick good or evil. This is one heck of a thrilling ride and one you don't want to miss. I can't wait for the next one in this series.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 15, 2007

SUMMARY

He could be her master - or her slave...

In the remote hills of northern England lives a powerful clan with a centuries-old secret. They are the drákon, shape-shifters who possess the ability to Turn-changing from human to smoke to dragon. And from the very stones of the earth, they hear hypnotic songs of beauty and wonder. But there is one stone they fear....

Buried deep within the bowels of the Carpathian Mountains lies the legendary dreaming diamond known as Draumr, the only gem with the power to enslave the drákon. Since childhood, Lady Amalia Langford, daughter of the clan's Alpha, has heard its haunting ballad but kept it secret, along with another rare Gift....

Lia can hear the future, much in the way she hears the call of Draumr. And in that future, she realizes that the diamond-along with the fate of the drákon-rests in the hands of a human man, one who straddles two worlds.

Ruthlessly clever, Zane has risen through London's criminal underworld to become its ruler. Once a street urchin saved by Lia's mother, Zane is also privy to the secrets of the clan-and is the only human they trust to bring them Draumr. But he does nothing selflessly.

Zane's hunt for the gem takes him to Hungary, where he is shocked to encounter a bold, beautiful young noblewoman: Lia. She has broken every rule of the drákon to join him, driven by the urgent song of Draumr-and her visions of Zane. In one future, he is her ally. In another, her overlord. In both, he is her lover. Now, to protect her tribe, Lia must tie her fate to Zane's, to the one man capable of stealing her future-and destroying her heart....

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Historical, Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Dragons

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The Dream Thief
(Drakon Trilogy: Book 2)
by Shana Abe

Bantam
October 1, 2006
Available: September 26, 2006
ISBN #0553804936
EAN #9780553804935
288 pages
Hardcover
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Other Books by
Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark
The Time Weaver
The Treasure Keeper
Queen of Dragons
The Smoke Thief
The Last Mermaid


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