The Smoke Thief

The Smoke Thief 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 dr

  • Title: The Smoke Thief
  • Author: Shana Abe
  • ISBN: 9780553588040
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 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 confoundFor 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 dr kon, 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 dr kon 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 dr kon, 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 dr kon, 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.

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    1. Not what I expected. It started out interesting. It starts with Rue at age 12. Rue is an outcast in the dragon community she lives in because she's a halfing. They treat her like a peasant. All dragons have to live in the dragon community, no other options. Any who leave, called runners, are brought back and punished. Rue drowns at age 17. Ten years lateress what, she's not dead. She's the Smoke Thief and the only female dragon able to turn into a dragon in forever. And turn into smoke - three f [...]

    2. I wasn't sure how a historical romance with dragon-shifter characters was going to play out; it could have been really cheesy. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The author blended magic, romance, and a historical setting with this cat-and-mouse story seamlessly. I was completely drawn into the world and characters and I can't wait to read more about the drakon now.Clarissa Rue Hawthorne is a halfling; have Other (human) and half Drakon (dragon). She's an outsider in her comm [...]

    3. This book was an absolute pleasure to read. It was wonderful. It was thrilling. I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away to a magical world where the drakon (dragon shifters) live amongst us. The Smoke Thief is set in the 1750’s so it also has the richness and textures of that time period. The author creates a world where a group of people can shift into beautiful, majestic dragons. I loved so many things about this book. The flying sequences were phenomenal. When the drakon shift into their drag [...]

    4. When it comes to romance novels that deals with paranormal or along those lines of magic etc. I've pretty much given up on. From my POV mostly, you can only do so much with vampires, werewolves and shape shifters before things get old- quick. So picking up Smoke Thief was taking a lump of salt and digging in and to be surprised on how much I loved it!Shana Abe writes her story with an ebb and flow to it, that sweeps you along for the ride. I loved the historical setting of her book and the story [...]

    5. Out of all the romance novels I’ve read I can’t believe I bypassed this gem for as long as I have. Talk about a hidden treasure, and to think I was skeptical as to whether or not it’d be not only a good story but a “decent” romance (!) I wasn’t too keen on the paranormal aspect and the book’s back blurb doesn’t do it justice. Often the back blurbs make the book out to be more than what it is, but this one couldn’t be more understated.This story is like a lush and juicy peach. A [...]

    6. I wanted to love this book. I really did. The friend who recommended it to me couldn't stop raving about the series. I've loved every other book she's recommended to me, and I really enjoy fantasy/paranormal romances. But, this was just bad.My biggest problem was the hero. Kit was an ass, through and through. He states multiple times that he will sleep with the heroine, even if he has to rape her. When they finally do have sex, Kit mentions that Rue keeps trying to pull away from him, but he doe [...]

    7. I have a shelf on GoodReads entitled “take-flight” that I use for all sort of things: airplane pilots, angels, dragons. Or in this case, drákon. These mythical breasts are beautifully, if fiercely, portrayed in Ms. Abe’s book. I love the descriptions of they flights.It felt…exhilarating. Even with him there, it felt like liberty, like she need never touch the ground again.The sun began to set and the entire sky kindled to flame, suspending them in wild pink and cherry and orange, colors [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this book - basically just chewed through it until it was done. There wasn't much in the way of fleshed-out secondary characters, but I didn't mind. The development of Kit and Rue was so well-done and rounded that I didn't miss a strong secondary cast.They were really great, complex characters. Rue, desperate to fit in honestly, I have to wonder if she didn't become such a flamboyant, notorious thief - as they said in the book, the Council knew it HAD to be a dragon - because sh [...]

    9. I've wanted to try a historical romance for some time now and didn't have much luck the last time.This, was much better.Clarissa Rue Hawthorne as always been an outcast in the eyes of her tribe, being that she's a halfbreed. Half mortal, half dragon, she's pushed aside, tormented or ignored. It's no wonder she faked her own death when she turned at the age of 17, for that would make her the female Alpha and by there laws and traditions she would have to wed the male Alpha, which is no other then [...]

    10. If being able to shift into a dragon was a super power, that would be the one I would pick. I love dragons, and reading about dragons, and I want one as a pet too!! Changing into smoke would be kind of cool too, but every time there was a shift to smoke I couldn't stop visualizing the big black smoke monster from LOST! This book was ok, I can't say I couldn't put it down, but I didn't want to throw it across the room. There was some great writing and imagery in some parts and then there was some [...]

    11. After a long(ish) prologue that tells the story about the origins of the drákon and the first chapter that scared me because it seemed it was going to be a YA story, you get a pretty decent first book in the series. For me it managed to do what any first book should do. I am interested in more. If I had to assign only one genre or sub-genre to this book it would be paranormal historical romance. It takes place in 1700s and you have shapeshifting from human to dragon to smoke (for now). Clarissa [...]

    12. Ugh. If you're going to do a "marriage of convenience" type of romance, you have to get us to the point where we like the hero BEFORE page 200. Seriously. He needs a save the cat moment early on, esp. if he's going to be a rake for most of the book. I know that they end up together, because it's a romance and because I read the little snippet from the sequel at the back of the book. I feel awful for Rue, the heroine, because she deserves better.

    13. Very well done! Shana Abe opens her world with a myth about dragons and brings it into the Georgian period. The story revolves around the alpha of the dragon shifting pack known as the Drakon and the woman who would become his mate.It starts off with them as children. Clarissa is an intense, shy child born of a lower class mother. She is picked on by the supposed alpha female and her pack of meangirls until the day of her eighteenth birthday when she fakes her death and escapes the land of her a [...]

    14. Dear new_user,Thank you for recommending this book to me. Seriously. If you hadn't, I probably never would have known about it. I never would have met Kit and Rue, who were terrific together, and Zane, who was so adorable. Through this recommendation, I think I've found a series that I can really love. Hell, I already ordered the rest of the books from . You rock, nu!xoxoLeah*~*~*So, as mentioned above, I loved this book. It was great. I haven't read many books about dragon shifters, so that was [...]

    15. [Edit July 24, 2015 - Re-read again (first read in 2011)and just finished the entire series again. I love this series and the world Shana Abe has created. She captures the essence of what it would feel like to fly as a dragon but also what it would feel like to become SMOKE. Although I love the entire series, this first book is my favorite. If you love fantasy, dragons, beautiful worlds hidden within the real one, romance, sex but well done and not smutty - give this book a try. ][Extra note - I [...]

    16. A collaborative review by Cynical-Bitter-Me (CM) and Fantasy-Lovin'-10-year-old-Me (FM) with **spoilers**:FM: It was so cool how Rue and Christoff could Turn to DRAGONS. And SMOKE. And fly with each other. And both be Alphas: First of all, Christoff is a girly name. Secondly, didn't it seem just a bit too much? Them both being so powerful and beautiful and oh so perfect? The prologue tries to set it up all mystical and god-like, but it was way too over the top: And it was so wonderful how protec [...]

    17. I liked this book very much, but I did not love it as many others have. My main problems were:1. The story seemed to drag a little around the middle with the hero and heroine saying the same lines over and over for way too long. Luckily, it soon picked up again.2. The hero was not very likable; he did not come as trully sympathetic to the heroine. 3. The heroine distrusted him until the very end: that did not make for a plausible HEA for me.4. The building of the 'drakon' world and the mystery o [...]

    18. Stupid book!! I couldn't put it down all day!!I loved the emotional intensity, the magical quality of the descriptions, the love story. Even though the love story is grounded in a fated mate situation, I still bought the love these two feel for each other. Even though Kit steamrolls over Rue, I was still completely enthralled by their situation and their love for each other.Fantastic!

    19. This is the kind of book I despise, despite it's pretty prose.There's a secret clan/organization of weredragons. Some have mixed with humans, yielding halflings, which are looked down upon. Apparently, nowadays, the ability to turn into a dragon is limited to men only. So they would love to find a woman who can Turn, because then she can breed.Many weredragons run away from this clan/organization, because it is run with an iron fist by a bunch of jerks. Runners are hunted down and killed.The pro [...]

    20. I love the combination of genres in this! It would at first seem like a Georgian historical romance, set in 1751 London. But it was also a cat-and-mouse story of a jewel thief. But then, on top of all of that, there are dragons! Yep, you heard me.Clarissa grew up in a secret tribe of shapeshifting dragons that is disguised as a village and a large manor house, where the Alpha dragon and his family live. From a young age, Clarissa has been in love with the Alpha's beautiful son Cristoff, 4 years [...]

    21. 3.5 stars. It was a good story and I loved Christoff but Rue bugged me quite often. Seriously, you have been in love with him since you were 12, he's hot in the sack and beautiful to look at, but you don't want to marry him because you know he will never love you as much as you love him? Whatchu talkin' bout Willis? And horror of horrors, you have to go back to the shire where you grew up, where you were a half breed and all the girls were mean to you. Except now you go back as the alpha female, [...]

    22. As I was reading this, I kept wondering if this was a real book or if I had been punked. I liked the idea of Rue, at first. This was after slogging through the introductory chapter that had nothing to do with the rest of the novel. Once the "romance" began, it became a more and more tedious read. These authors keep setting me up to like their strong women protagonists, and then they turn into mush. I always feel sad when I dislike a book so much and then see (Book 1) after the title. Who wants m [...]

    23. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. In fact when my friend handed it to me I honestly didn’t know what genre it was. She usually gives me stuff that's YA this book however is DEFINITELY not YA. *wink* I thought it was a really fun read. The plot and characters are very well developed. The author has a beautiful way of writing; not over detailed but exquisite to read. And the Alpha male…. WHOA… All hail alpha! So far my favorite in the series.

    24. "Imagine a place so ripe and thick with the promise of magic that the very air breathes in plumes of pearl and gray and smoky blue; that the trees bow with the weight of their heavy branches, dipping low to the ground, dropping needles and leaves into beds of perfume" - Thus begin the first lines of The Smoke Thief, the story of the mysterious race of half-human half-dragon, and from there it only gets better. This book is about Clarissa Rue Hawthorne, who as a half breed Drakon child is pretty [...]

    25. #1 Drakon series - Paranormal Historical RomanceShana Abe is incredibly gifted with words. Her story and characters pulled me in right away, and the superb writing was icing on the cake.I can't recall reading anything quite like this -- The Smoke Thief for me had kind of a fairy tale quality to it. Maybe it was the magic / paranormal elements of the story, with the Drakon being able to Turn from human to smoke to dragon.This is one of those rare books that I'll remember in years to come for the [...]

    26. This book was incredible. I love the premise of a race of humans who can transform into dragons (or vice versa). Christoff was a sexy, dangerous hero who stakes his claim on his Smoke Thief Clarissa right away. What a vivid, wonderful book.

    27. I came home from work, grabbed a handful of cashews (um, dinner), fed the dogs and the son, and dove in to finish. This was great. Love, thieves, London, sex, dragons. I mean, what more could you ask for?

    28. The author blends magic with shape-shifting seamlessly. The book takes place in London during the 1750's, written as a paranormal-fantasy historical romance. I loved the historical setting of her book and the story behind the race of drákon. The book’s back blurb doesn’t do it justice. Often the back blurbs make the book out to be more than what it is, but this one couldn’t be more understated. Their story starts with Rue at the age of twelve, just another shy girl in their village, wishi [...]

    29. hmmm, just didn't get this one. Which is too bad because based on the first 1/3 of the book I thought I would really like it. I understand that in any type of romance there is some conflict that the hero and heroine must overcome for their love to bloom - common plot device, right? Sure, got it. Now, one of the forms this conflict can often take is a big, blustery alpha male who tries to steam role over our heroine and bend her to his will. Of course, this is only until he realizes that his love [...]

    30. DNF. RANT. Okay, honestly, it takes a lot for me to say a book is too problematic for me to just not read. It has to blatantly be problematic and romanticize abuse or be racist, etc. Well, this book has all of that! Within the first few pages, the love interest, Kit, makes fun of the protagonist, Clarissa, for being a 'halfling' (half dragon, half human). THIS TROPE IS SO PROBLEMATIC AND I'M SO TIRED OF IT. As a biracial person, the trope of being half-magic, half-mortal or whatever is problemat [...]

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