The Smoke Thief (Drakon Series #1)

The Smoke Thief (Drakon Series #1)

by Shana Abé
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The Smoke Thief (Drakon Series #1) by Shana Abé

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553901986
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2005
Series: Drakon , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 9,230
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Shana Abé is the award-winning author of nine novels, including The Smoke Thief. She lives in the Denver area with four surly pet house rabbits, all rescued, and a big goofy dog. Please, please support your local animal shelter, and spay or neuter your pets.

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The Smoke Thief (Drakon Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 118 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing love story and one of my all-time favorites. The story is unique, the main characters are both strong and so perfect for eachother. They have incredible chemistry. I read this book every few months, and it's wonderful every time. I'll never get tired of it. Absolutely perfect.
Anonymus More than 1 year ago
I've read hundreds of books and I'm always looking for that story that just blows me away. I came across this story by accident; just looking, always looking. The review that said "I just couldn't put the freaking book down" caught my attention. Every once in a while, I find a treasure-an author with an imagination who tells a great story. This story was it! I highly recommend it. I was pleasantly surprised, my couriosity and imagination happily fed, and totally engrossed. This one is for the library. Looking forward to the next novel by Ms. Abe.
MorningDewW More than 1 year ago
From the cover and the summary on the book, I didn't think it would be all that interesting and had bought it actually out of boredom. Then I read through it and it's definitely a 'I can't put this freaking book down!' type of book. I would recommend this to people who love romance and fantasy type books, definitely a good hit.
Mickey29 More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone. Clarrisa Rue (A.K.A Mouse, Smoke theif) is a runner of a dragon people. An outcast since she was little not liking her life she fled. Only to be caught by the man she loved since she was little. Christoff. The story plot develops nicely as do the characters. I have read this book at least 4-5 times and still can't get enough of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this book. I keep reading it over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.It was refreshing and original.I flew right through it,and I cannot wait to get Dream Theif.I'm hoping it will be up to par with Smoke Theif.
Sweet2USzQ More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, but I'm in no hurry to read the others in the series. It's DEFINITELY a book I would recommend. It was easy to get into and the characters were fun.
AMR1 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. This is the first book and it is very well written. The book really gets you hooked and ready to read more. This author really lets you escape into the wonderful fantasy world & keeps the reader ready for more. It is a keeper for anyones permanent library.
vwhis More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews and I took a chance since I'm not really into romance novels...BUT it has DRAGONS. It's really a good story and I feel you'll like the characters, the plot and the ending. One should be aware though, that there are a few vivid love couplings but they don't dominate the storyline. Overall, I am considering looking into Ms. Abe's other books and I reccomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Could not put it down...excellent read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intense read that invokes the readers own emotions. The author brings the characters to life, yet leaves enough questions that you want to read more of their adventures. A wonderful escape!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. She writes beautifully and has you sucked in from the very start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read the others in the series. This is very versatile in the shape-shifting of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful love story, not your typical paranormal romance.
dragon_dreamer More than 1 year ago
Love it! This is another favorite of mine, if you love fantasy and romance I'd definitely recommend it. An exciting storyline that makes me want to read it over and over! Some adult content though so it's not for younger readers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the friction between the two main characters. I could easily empathize with Rue. Her desires to remain free and separate from her clan, to be truly independent and decide her own course in life, rung true to her character. When confronted with the attentions and demands of a beautiful man, someone whom she had crushed on as a child, it was wonderful to see that she did not simply fall under his command. She fought to maintain the life she had built. Kit was wonderfully irritating in his assumptions in life and how things are supposed to play out. It was fun to watch him bend and learn to be less of an ass, while not loosing sight of himself. I do wish that there had been more in the story about Rue being a halfbreed and how the clan would react to her now being their alpha female. The all too brief scene where she confronts her childhood nemesis is seen through Kit's eyes and is all too brief. It seemed a little too clean that her ridiculed half breed status was forgiven instantly with her ability to change into a dragon. I'm excited to read the next book in the series which deals with the adult Zane. I loved his character and am eager to see who he has become as an adult and to understand the secrets he keeps. *Originally posted on Goodreads
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BurgandyIce More than 1 year ago
 Wow… on so many levels!! Wow!!!  This is an adult book. I didn’t realize when I started it, but learned quickly as the dragons materialize into human form… um… very naked. One smokin’ hot naked guy hunting down an alpha female, a hot smokin’ naked girl… creeping down through a tight space in a bell tower… results in some very hot moments. *blush* In, um, detail.  Besides that… because of that… or in spite of that… I couldn’t put this book down. Shana Abe’s writing is so fantastically fluid. Her world of dragons has just enough instinct infused with glorious humanity to be beautiful, sensual, uninhibited.  Everything happens quickly. Christoff is attracted to Rue on many levels. The dragon in him is fierce and protective, territorial. I got the impression that he had mountains of self-control forcing himself to respect her.  And she… she has so many opinions and plans. She loves her freedom and fights against the dragon system. Clarissa Rue is so smart and impetuous. I really love her, love being her. She’s brave and quick-witted. Her nickname may be “Little Mouse” but the most endearing part about that is how it doesn’t fit her outward appearance. There’s a hidden inner part of her soul that he sees and calls out as “mouse” and that vulnerability is reflected again in him. He is a little mouse to her in the same way. As an introduction into the world of dragons and their love of stones… and their fear of discovery, this is a great story. I felt like I learned so much so quickly and then the story ended… and I was far from ready to be done with Shana Abe’s world. I immediately procured book 2 and dived right back in, “adult” and all.  My Rating: 4.75 - I love Rue... I love Christoff... I love the world - they all get 5's for me!!  The romance is HOT and completely logical. I don't really read adult romance so I have no scale to base this on, but for supporting scene construction, etc, I want to give the romance at least a 4.5. (I dock it a .5 for a tiny bit of predictability.) There's insta-love, which I don't mind if there's enough support to the situation. In this case, it's Alpha meets Alpha = BANG!  Since their characters are so amazing and compatible in a fiesty way, I loved how it worked out, but there was more insta than I wanted to swallow... which might have been Rue fighting it (go girl!), so I'm not dockin' much for that. I really enjoyed this book!!  :-D The cover - I'm not into this cover. In fact, I was really surprised when I first saw it at how quiet it is and it took me longer to read this book because The Sweetest Dark is so beautiful and this cover tells me nothing about what's inside. The biggest draw for me was the title... I have a thing for thieves (after The Thief, who wouldn't?!) and I love Abe's writing style, so I read this despite the cover.
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Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to devour the rest of the series!! Review brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi Beware-Spoilers ahead!! This is Shana Abé’s introductory book in her drakon series that introduces us to a new species of shape-shifters that can turn from what appears to be human to mist and to dragon. This installment centers around Rue (formerly known as Clarissa) an outcast halfling that faked her own death to escape the drakon world and has made a life for herself in the human world as a jewel thief. But when the prize jewel of the drakon tribe, goes missing it leads the alpha, Kit, to London and to her. Rue makes a bargain with Kit and the drakon council that if she helps them recover their prize jewel, herte, and find the thief that took it she will be given her freedom. Otherwise, she will have to return to Darkfirth to marry Kit against her will. Kit and Rue set out on their journey and quickly find herte, but not without cost; Kit is injured recovering it and his wound becomes infected causing him to get deathly ill. While trying to find a cure for him, Rue discovers that Kit had never intended to give her freedom back to her. She then must decide if she should save him or let him rot. I was really skeptical of this book when I first started reading it, as the only dragon series I’ve ever read was pretty crappy. But I’m happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I didn’t want to put this book down. It was engaging and fun to read. This is the first shape-shifting novel that I’ve ever read where they could shift into two forms other than human. The turning to mist was an ingenious idea and a great way for the drakons to stay camouflaged. It leaves you thinking that they could be all around you!! There was one little part of the book that I found drug on a little too long. It was after Kit was injured and Rue was trying to take care of him. I think it was a bit too detailed and it could have been condensed, but other than that the story is well paced and is a fast read. I loved Rue as a lead character. She’s strong, independent and loving in a genre that is so full of whinny flaky heroines. Seeing the way she was with Zane gives us a glimpse of her softer maternal side. I didn’t like how quickly she gave in to Kit though, but I guess it’s supposed to be instinctual for their kind?!? I’m not sure what to think of Kit. Part of me liked him. He’s sexy and charming…. “I didn’t ask you to catch me!” “You’re so delightful when you’re irrational. Of course I’m going to catch you.” He slid a hand behind her nape and kissed her again. “It’s what I do.” But part of me hated him at the same time. He’s cocky and controlling and expects to get everything that he wants, including Rue even if it means she’ll be forced to be with him. And if I was Rue, I would have hated being called mouse all the time. But in the end, I enjoyed the two of them together and that Rue makes Kit a better person and I hope to see more of this couple in the subsequent installments of this series. This was a great book and I can’t wait to devour the rest of the series! This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was overall an interesting book but it started to lose me towards then, following some cliches. But a fun read.