The Dream Thief - Drakon, Bk 2 Author:Shana Abe In the remote hills of northern England lives a powerful clan with a centuries-old secret. They are the drákon, shape-shifters who possess the ability to Turn -- changing from human to smoke to dragon. And from the very stones of the earth, they hear hypnotic songs of beauty and wonder. But there is one stone they fear ... — Buried deep wi... more »thin the bowels of 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, much in the way she hears the call of Draumr. And in that future, she realizes that the diamond -- along with the fate of the drákon -- rests in the hands of a human man, one who straddles two worlds.
Ruthlessly clever, Zane has risen through London’s criminal underworld to become its ruler. Once a street urchin saved by Lia’s mother, Zane is also privy to the secrets of the clan -- and is the only human they trust to bring them Draumr. But he does nothing selflessly.
Zane’s hunt for the gem takes him to Hungary, where he is shocked to encounter a bold, beautiful young noblewoman: Lia. She has broken every rule of the drákon to join him, driven by the urgent song of Draumr -- and her visions of Zane. In one future, he is her ally. In another, her overlord. In both, he is her lover. Now, to protect her tribe, Lia must tie her fate to Zane’s, to the one man capable of stealing her future -- and destroying her heart ...« less
A mystical tale is not normally my first choice. I was completely enchanted by this story. The author creates such strong imagery that you soon lose yourself to the fantasy-land found between the covers of this book! I will certainly read the rest of the books in this series.
I felt a little distracted by the interludes where a storyteller narrator seems to go over the past or the present story.. felt a little redundant and repetitive. Otherwise most of the book was written exquisitely. Very lush prose that sets Abe's writing apart. Interesting and complicated pair (Lia and Zane) as well and a set up for book 3.
This is a very unique series of books & this is the 2nd one. The concept is there are a small group of people who have an ancient secret which is that they can shape shift into dragons. I cannot wait to read the next one!
I adored the first book in the series and while the couple in this book are interesting and complicated, Abe's male character seems so emotionally crippled and dark, he wasn't that likable for me. Worse yet, the female lead fluctuated between independent and doormat and didn't seem that focused as a character. Definitely not as good as the first in the series. I have purchased all four in the series though and am delighted to see where Abe will go with her other charcters!