The Smoke Thief
The Drákon Series, Book 1
ISBN-10: 0553588044 ISBN-13: 978-0553588040
You are cordially invited
to taste the clouds and hunt the moon. You are invited
to learn how to fly....
Imagine a world where clouds
could be dragons, and dragons could be people...where
diamonds beckon with silent songs and a beautiful runaway
turns out to be an infamous jewel thief who dissolves
into smoke with just a whisper of a thought.
Now imagine the drákon
lord sent to capture her.
For centuries they've lived
in secret amid the green and misted hills of northern
England, shapeshifters who have the ability to Turn
from human to smoke to dragon, and back again. They
skim the sky and haunt the stars, powerful beyond thought,
beautiful, sensual. They are the drákon.
Like any hunted beast, they've
survived the centuries by learning silence, by keeping
the secret of the tribe absolutely sacrosanct. But one
of them has broken the rules, has run to eighteenth-century
London and is using his powers to steal fabulous gemstones.
Dubbed the "Smoke Thief," he's the most serious threat
to the drákon in memory. Christoff Langford,
Marquess of Langford and Alpha of the tribe, has sworn
to bring the runner home at any cost.
But even Kit doesn't realize
that the Smoke Thief is a woman.
Rue Hawthorne is a halfling:
half drákon, half mortal, and an outcast in both
worlds. As a little girl she loved Kit from afar. As
a woman she knows better to trust her heart to anyone,
especially the charismatic, ruthless leader of the drákon.
She fled her home to escape a forced marriage to him;
as the first female in four generations to complete
the Turn, she knows she'll be considered Kit's property.
Rue, however, has much bigger dreams than that.
A spectacular diamond is missing,
Kit's hot on her heels, and Rue's about to find out
that even thieves can have their hearts stolen?.
Named by Romantic Times Historical Romance of the Year
Winner of The Winter Rose for Best Paranormal and Best
Overall, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Laurel
Wreath Award, and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award
A Romantic Times BOOKclub Top Pick
A Featured Alternate Selection for the Rhapsody Book
Club, the Doubleday Book Club and the Science Fiction
"Spellbinding, dazzling, The
Smoke Thief is pure magic from start to finish.
I simply couldn't put it down. Abé is an immensely gifted
New York Times
bestselling author Karen Marie Moning
"Shana Abé writes beautifully,
her language rich and evocative. Romance, legend, humor
and adventure, I don't know what more a reader could
ask for. The Smoke Thief is an utter delight."
New York Times
bestselling author Susan Carroll
"Adventure, romance and thrills
galore. I was swept away by Shana Abé's wondrous imagination
and lyrical prose. The Smoke Thief crosses many
boundaries of traditional genre fiction. Just call it
an absolutely terrific read, and get started."
New York Times
bestselling author Michael Palmer
"Shana Abé has a rare magic. I
was completely captivated by this beautifully written
New York Times bestselling
author Jane Feather
"After finishing The Smoke Thief
by Shana Abé, I feel it prudent to reportMs's.
Feehan, Kenyon, and Hollymake some room in the
shape-shifters' realm; there is a new kid on the block
and she ROCKS! Make room because here come the drákons!
I loved this book! From the very
first pages I was totally mesmerized by this fascinating,
highly imaginative, and sensually thrilling world of
the drákon. Kit and Rue's sensual dance was exotic,
totally bewitching and one which will leave the reader
panting for more. Whether on land or in the air, Shana
Abé has created vivid and exhilarating imagery in the
mating dance of the drákon
that is sure to please the most discriminating fans
of historical fantasy and catapult this author right
up the ranks with the likes of Kenyon, Holly, and Krinard.
I for one will be very anxiously awaiting future sequels
to this spellbinding new series featuring the drákon!"
Marilyn Rondeau, Paranormal
"This innovative concept in paranormal
romance (shape-shifting from human to dragon and back)
is nothing short of phenomenal. With unique and captivating
characters, setting and plot devices, Abé deftly creates
a thrilling novel in her debut hardcover. My interest
was engaged from the first page, and I was mesmerized
with the intensity of the story. This author gets better
with each new novel, so I can't wait for the next installment
in this new spellbinding trilogy."
Tanzey Cutter, Fresh
"This exciting historical romantic
fantasy grips the audience from the moment that readers
begin to comprehend the skills of the thief and the
danger she places the drákon
side of her heritage. The story line is action-packed
from the beginning and takes several in air twists that
add to the fever pitch of an invigorating thriller.
The lead couple is a delightful charming pairing of
individuals falling in love, an emotion neither wants,
but cannot avoid. Shana Abé provides a terrific tale
that screams for similar future novels in the drákon
The Best Reviews
"Thrilling confection of passion
and shape-shifting dragon-kin. Shana Abé mingles fantasy
and eighteenth-century romance with a deft touch."
Sarah Ash, author of Children
of the Serpent Gate
"Abé pulls out all the stops in
this 'catch-me-if-you-can' story. It's ripe with romance
and a legend so intriguing you'll believe every word.
Abé brings a new dimension and new possibilities to
the genre in an enthralling tale that breaks down boundaries."
Romantic Times BOOKclub