Review: The Smoke Thief (Drakon #1) by Shana Abe

September 1, 2013 Uncategorized 5

Review: The Smoke Thief (Drakon #1) by Shana Abe

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 dra´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 dra´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 dra´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 dra´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....In this bewitching novel, Shana Abé transports us into a world of exhilarating romance and magic.

Title: The Smoke Thief
Author: Shana Abe
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Dream Thief, Queen of Dragons
Series: Drakon
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Dream Thief, Queen of Dragons
Published by Bantam
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: September 26, 2006
Genres: Historical Romace, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 324
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Stars: four-stars
Shana Abe
The Drakon books were picked as a book club read. Some how they started with the third book in the series and I had to start with the first. I quit reading this series at some point. Looking back on it now I don’t remember exactly what it was that made me walk away from them. This review originally posted on January 26, 2011.

The Review

Clarissa Rue is a halfling Drakon. She fled the shire she was raised in at the age of seventeen to get away from the hateful harassment from the others of her kind. She has created a life for herself in London as the Smoke Thief. Using her Drakon abilities she has become a very successful jewel thief.
Christoff (Kit) is the alpha of their tribe. One of his many responsibilities is keeping the Drakon existence a secret. One of the ways he does this by bringing the runners back to the shire. After reading reports of the jewel thefts in various papers he comes to the conclusion that these heists could only have been done by a Drakon. Using his tribe’s most valuable jewel, the Langford Diamond as bait he travels to London to bring the runner/thief back to the shire.
I liked Christoff’s character. He is an alpha male that is willing to bend his will and give into Clarissa’s wants to get what he wants. As with most shifter books he knows from pure animal instincts that Clarissa is his mate. The romantic attraction between the two characters is strong. The conflicts come in the form of trust issues and Clarissa not wishing to be mated to a man who does not truly love her. She understands the need to be with ones mate. She feels the same pull that Christoff does, she just wishes for more than a mating. Clarissa’s character is a strong alpha female that does not back down from a challenge. She also has gotten used to being on her own and doing for herself in late 1700 London.
I liked The Smoke Thief. It is something a little different in the shifter genre. I do plan on continuing reading the series.
Shana Abe

5 Responses to “Review: The Smoke Thief (Drakon #1) by Shana Abe”

  1. Kristin

    I’ve never heard of this book before but it sounds good and I like that it has dragons in it. Not too many books out there do.

  2. Dena

    I LOVE this series! I’ve even read the first in her YA spin-off, The Sweetest Dark. She writes in an rather lyrical way that appeals to me.
    There have been long spans between releases – I wonder if that’s what made you stop reading. They are well worth picking up again though.

  3. jeannie platt

    This is a great series… I read them couple years ago… Glad that you liked them… Thought they were different yet very enjoyable 🙂 I have reread them also mutiple times.

  4. Denise Z

    I think I like the premise of this one and it might be a fun read. Thank you for sharing with us your thoughts.