Friday, December 7, 2007

The Dream Thief by Shana Abe

Book Description

Buried deep within 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. In it, she realizes that the diamond – along with the fate of the drákon – rests in the hands of Zane, a human … and her future lover.

A master thief, Zane is the only man trusted by the drákon to bring them the stone. But Lia knows that he straddles two worlds and will become either her ally or her overlord. Now, driven by the urgent song, and by her visions of Zane, Lia breaks every rule to join him. For, to protect her tribe, she must tie her destiny to that of the one man capable of stealing her future … and destroying her heart.

This is the second instalment of the drákon series. (The previous story is The Smoke Thief.) Zane, who appeared in the first story as a child protégé to the Smoke Thief, is now all grown up, although his vocation remains unchanged. Lia, the youngest daughter of the Smoke Thief, has loved Zane since she was a young girl.

Lia’s parents hire Zane to find the lost Draumr, which is the most powerful and dangerous gem to the drákons. Part way toward his destination, Lia appears and convinces him to take her along. They find something more than the Draumr … and this discovery is as unexpected as it will surely change Lia’s tribe forever.

The author’s writing is lyrical and this story reads somewhat like a fairytale. It has a dreamy quality and I submerged into the story with no difficulty at all. The story lags a little in the middle, while Zane and Lia are on the road, but things pick up once they reach their destination.

Zane and Lia’s love story is, unfortunately, a little lacklustre. I was touched by Lia’s longing for Zane, but I couldn’t quite believe in Zane’s love for Lia, which happened quite suddenly. Having said that, his ultimate sacrifice for her redeems him and saves the romantic aspect of story.

What I really enjoyed about this story is the prose, which enchants me. After that, it’s the story of the drákons itself. The love story is auxiliary. Which is just as well and appropriate that “Fiction” and not “Romance” is printed on the spine of the book.

More drákon elements are introduced into this story, which are handy in introducing the next instalment of this series, The Queen Of Dragons, which we can expect in January 2008. I’m quite certain I’ll be buying it.

My rating4
Sensuality ratingWarm

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Kristie (J) said...

I've had this one waiting to be read for ages. Alas, it's the case of too many books and too little time. And I did so love The Smoke Thief!

Jace said...


Kristie, I think your dilemma is a most common one for all of us, the romance readers. *g*

Yes, Smoke Thief was superb. Dream Thief is a little disappointing in the romantic aspect, and the characterization of Zane (especially) and Lia aren't very well done.

BUT ... the prose and storyline are wonderful. The story of the drakons still captivate me.

I'm looking forward to Queen Of Dragons, precisely for the prose and storyline. So far, I'm not optimistic about the lead characters, Kimber (Lia's brother) and Maricara. However, I hope Abe will surprise me with these two. *g*