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"A powerful romance that will stretch the imagination beautifully!"

The Smoke Thief is exquisitely written with so much creativity while embracing the traditions of a historical romance. Shana Abe' is an author sure to please most romance readers.

Living in their own private shire where the mist of the hills keeps them hidden from the rest of the world, beautiful blonde haired people walk the streets and by night the men fly free as dragons. Clarissa Rue Hawthorne, lives with her mother in a small cottage and keeps to herself as she is shunned by her own people because they considered her a half breed and not full blooded Drakon. Her father was not drakon and to make matters worse her hair being brown made her stand out even more.

The shire is ruled by the Marquess of Langford. As much as an Alpha wolf will lead its pack so does the Marquess as he is Alpha of the Drakon. He ensures the safety of the community and hunts those that would dare to leave the shire and possibly expose their secret to the outside world.

Clarissa can take no more of the restraints and rejection of those around her and plans her escape. Leading all to believe she has drowned, she leaves behind some bloodied clothes. Some years pass and Clarissa has carved a niche for herself in London under many disguises. However she knows her time is limited and it is only a matter of time before her people come in search for her. Little does she know that she is to be hunted by the one and only man she has ever loved...the Marquess of Langford.

Ms. Abe' has written a superb novel filled with intrigue, drama, romance and adventure. Her descriptions of the dragons in flight make the reader feel as if they are also soaring amongst the clouds of night. The supporting characters truly enhance the book by giving it more dimension and room to wonder. I recommend The Smoke Thief, as it will shake the foundations of your imagination and make you wonder what that shimmering in the sky....is it a cloud....or a dragon?

Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted February 19, 2007

SUMMARY

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 draŽkon, 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 draŽkon. 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 draŽkon, 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 draŽkon, 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.

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

Note: Originally released in hardcover.

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The Smoke Thief
(Drakon Trilogy: Book 1)
by Shana Abe

Bantam
September 1, 2006
Available: September 26, 2006
ISBN #0553588044
EAN #9780553588040
352 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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The Sweetest Dark
The Time Weaver
The Treasure Keeper
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