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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 within the bowels of the Carpathian Mountains
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Paperback, 335 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2006)
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Eastofoz
Jun 23, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoy a good romance in a fairytale setting
Beautifully written just like “The Smoke Thief”, this book just sings and lulls you into a fairytale world. Everything is so vivid and bright making even the most banal things sparkle. Abé just keeps you turning the pages to see what will happen next all the while slowly building the sexual tension between Zane and Lia.

Zane is a fantastic hero. He’s so jaded. The dry humor and “digs” in this book are top notch. Lia turns out to be a lot stronger than I thought she would be too. The two of them
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Fani
I loved the hero in this one. Zane was perfect: started as a bad boy and selfish (which fitted with his personna in The Smoke Thief), but when he came to care for the heroine he was super protective, tender, sweet, seductive and caring. Couldn't find a fault with him:) And if I didn't love him enough, the ending assured that I did!

Zane and Amalia are searching for the Draumr diamond: a stone that has magical abilities where the drakon are concerned. Lia has been having some very terrifying dream
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BJ Rose
Zane is the perfect bad-boy-you've-gotta-love. We know from The Smoke Thief why Zane is such a consummate thief and why he trusts no one (except Lia's mother Rue). And it's easy to understand why he keeps giving Lia the cold shoulder - he understands perfectly what horror awaits any human who messes with dragon girls. And that leads to Lia's other problem - her dragon powers have not fully developed; she can't Turn to smoke and she can't fly; what's the fun in being a dragon if you can't fly?! S ...more
Terri
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Leah
I love this series. I've never been much for dragon shifters, but after reading this series, I think I have to reevaluate. True, Zane isn't a drákon, but Lia was and I think I have a little bit of a girlie crush on her.


I've loved Zane since the first book of the series, The Smoke Thief, and was really looking forward to reading and learning more about him in The Dream Thief. And TDT did not let me down. I adore him even more now. He is sarcastic, uncouth, and vicious, with seemingly no morals, b
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Kathy
ok, so what happens with me quite often when I read a series back to back is I get distracted. Like certain things I've heard already and don't need to hear again, etc. I know this about myself and should not read the next in line in a series without a break. So, what did I do? I read the second book in a series right after reading the first one.

I'm giving this 5 stars because it deserves it, but I felt more like 4 stars. Zane is great. Rough around the edges. From the street urchin he was, he c
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Rebecca
Another series flames out. I liked "the Smoke Thief" quite a bit. It had interesting characters, a lively plot and a fun take on dragons and the people who can turn into them. "The Dream Thief" has Lia, the youngest daughter of Rue, the smoke thief. Lia can hear the future and is destined to find the mystical diamond of her people in the Carpathian mountains. Lia is also in love with Zane, a man she's known since childhood which makes their eventual sexual relationship more than a little icky.

Th
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Sarah
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CaroB
Once again I find myself in awe of Ms Abé's ability to weave words into a story tapestry. Beautifully written prose, a plot that made me think, and characters that puzzled, charmed and sometimes frustrated me but remained firmly in my head even when I put the book down.

These characters are so unlike Rue and Kit from The Smoke Thief, that I'll admit to wondering at first how they could possibly compare in my esteem. Though a continuing story, the world created here was different from the previou
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Karissa
This is book two in the Drakon Series by Shana Abe' that started with "The Smoke Thief". I actually liked this book quite a bit better than the first one. It helped that I knew to expect a story that was more of a romance than a fantasy.

This book follow's Rue's daughter, Lia, and Rue's ex-assistant thief, Zane. In this book Rue hires Zane to go and retrieve the Draumr, a dangerous diamond that can control drakon. Little does Rue know her daughter Lia has been hearing Draumr's song her whole life
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Sherry
I don't follow series as a rule--but I do follow Shana Abe's Drakon series. It is rare that a writer combines both mesmerizing story telling with mesmerizing prose. Shana Abe does exactly that in her Drakon books, combining beautiful, precise, yet sweeping world-building with intimate, passionate love stories between equals. I can't get enough of those dragon shapeshifters.
HÜLYA
Rüya Hırsızi Shane Abe kenara uzun zaman önce koyup unuttugum kitaplardan.Ingiltere'den Romanya'ya Karpat Daglarina kadar uzanan Historical Fantastik bir hikaye ilk roman Duman Hirsizindan daha cok begendim. Bu daha soft bir ejderha hikayesi. Shane Abe'nin büyülü kalemi ile hala daha tanısmadıysaniz cok sey kacıriyorsunuz bence. Seriye
Duman Hirsizi ve Rüya Hirsizi kitaplari ile başlayabilirsiniz.


Rüya Hırsızi serinin ikinci kitabi. Ilk
kitapta Rüya Hirsizindaki Amelia Longford'un anne ve babasi Ru
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kari
Okay, I just have to say it. I have a huge problem with girls falling in love with men they have known since they were babies. If they grow up together, that's one thing, but when the guy is already fourteen when she's born, a family friend whom she's grown up knowing, it simply has a bit of an ick factor for me. That is the problem here. The whole time their love story is developing, this little voice in my head keeps saying ewwwww. Never a good start in a romance.
I still enjoy the lore of the
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Jun 05, 2011 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: The first book, Smoke Thief!
Wow! I read this in two sittings - long ones though! I love this author's writing and so glad I discovered her and this series. Romance, humor, adventure, fantasy, and wonderful characters all woven together with beautiful descriptions of people and places. Although I understood the legend of the drakon through reading the first book, The Smoke Thief, I did find it confusing at first. The two page prologue in The Dream Thief is shorter, and I wish i had read it before starting the first book. It ...more
Brownbetty
After some consideration, I have decided that it's not that writing in this book is exceptional, it's just that I've read so much godawful writing recently that the merely decent is beginning to look like genius. However, it is decent.

I have the impression the book is the second in a series, and if I should stumble across the first, I'll probably read it. I think this book falls into the interesting-to-me category of "paranormal romance," which I will admit I find silly, although I'm more likely
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Jeanine
Amazing! This series just keeps getting better! So far, Zane and Lia (the main characters in the Dream Thief) are my absolute favorite! They go on one hell of an adventure together searching for a Drakon diamond that has called to Lia ever since she was a young girl.
Zane is the love her entire life, literally. She's dreamt of him for as long as she's heard the diamond. The only problem is Zane is a notorious thief and the diamond they seek will give any human who holds it the power to control t
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Kaleigha
While I enjoyed the predecessor in this series, The Smoke Thief, I was disappointed by this one. While the premise was intriguing - a lost diamond that is capable of controlling the Drakon begins to beckon to the Dragon people with its song - it fell quite flat. It wasn't something that I couldn't finish, but I felt no rush to find out what would happen.
While I did not mind the heroine of the story, Lia, I can honestly say that I have never been as uninterested in a main character as I was in Za
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Carmen
Feb 09, 2014 Carmen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who enjoy paranormal romance
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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Jerianne
What started as a promising read turning into a story with great potential, reading like a young adult romance novel and written for adults, complete with adult elements. After the first few pages, I was wondering why this had not been shelved in the young adult fiction, as the style seemed to better fit that genre. The main character was 14 when the book began, and 19 when the main action of the plot began. Young adult fiction, right?

Then I reached some, shall we say, romantic parts that were
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Maureen
Wow. Loved it. And I'm not easy to please.

I don't usually read much fantasy. I'm more of a sci-fi girl myself. I don't like vampires and werewolves, angels and demons --- but I don't mind a little magic and dragons (probably because I can imagine the magic as yet-to-be understood science and the dragons as a lost species or alien creatures, you see. grin) I am so glad I picked up this book.

But not just because of the dragons. It's because Shana Abé is a fantastic writer. She has illustrated to m
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MashJ
In the fantasy genre this would be a quest novel but instead it is a paranormal historical romance- ie it is trying to cover a lot of ground in not many pages. Frankly it doesn't stand up very well against other quest novels. It's too short and misses out all the interesting bits (eg the heroine sneeking away from her school, travelling across Europe by herself etc) because then the hero and heroine wouldn't get enough page time together. I think that the length of the book was 334 pages- and sh ...more
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

Intrigue, adventure and romance await when you open up Shana Abe's second installment in the Drakon series.

The Dream Thief picks up a few years after the events of The Smoke Thief. Rue and Kit went on to lead their tribe in Darkfrith and have a family of their own. This sequel surrounds Kit and Rue's youngest and seemingly unremarkable daughter, Amalia (or Lia for short), and Zane, Rue's 'street urchin' whom she took in when she found him as a child dying on the streets of London.

Zane is now an
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LiteraryLover
I don't know how to review this book. On one hand there were parts where I loved it and it intrigued me. I certainly found it better than the first book. But yet it also disappointed me a little. The set up with Lia's dreams and the tension between her and Zane was great in the first half of the book. On the other hand I expected more to come from it but it felt to me like either I missed something or that whole angle fizzled away. Perhaps it came back when they finally found the diamond but I w ...more
Sarah
I picked up this book not knowing it was a "book two." However, that did not really impact my reading of the novel as it seems fairly stand alone. I really had high hopes for this book but it never quire lived up to my expectations. It tried to be a love story and seemed more like a lust story, the dragon aspect was probably the thing that saved this book from being tossed aside. I felt the plot was slow and the characters really didn't resonate for me. That being said, it was an easy read and i ...more
Janessa
So far, I wish this series wasn't solely a romance novel. I thought it would be fleshed out a bit more since it was in the Fiction section at my library, not the romance section. I really think that the author has the ability to really make something more out of the setting and the characters that she has created. I would have loved to see more of the political maneuverings and daily interactions of other characters. If this series didn't follow the Romance Novel Formula to a T, it really could ...more
Tanya Erickson
***spoilers***** I like the concept of this series and I couldn't put it down since I had to find out what happened next but it lacked in some areas. I was waiting during the whole book to learn why Lia couldn't Turn like her siblings. I suppose it was because she was special in that she was called to be the one to find the diamond or she finally let herself free to love Zane but for as much as this inability to Turn was mentioned I expected a much more dramatic conclusion/explanation at some po ...more
Nicole
The second book in this series was almost as good as the first. Kit and Rue from the previous book now have a family of drakon children, all of whom are able to change into dragons with the exception of their youngest, Lia. As a child and a teen, Lia is treated as an equal but is silently pitied for lacking the gifts that defines her family.

Zane was introduced in the last book as the street urchin who was saved and taken in by Rue. He has continued to remain close to Rue and has, as such, been r
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mandy
A predictable, cliché romance set against the backdrop of a fantasy that actually would be interesting if we could have spent more than a page or two every chapter on it. Instead, we get 2-3 pages (more than once) describing a flowery sex scene with some laughable dialogue. It appears this relationship between two characters is a common theme with the series, and seeing as how it's a formula I don't enjoy at all, I won't be reading any more of these.
Jac
I thought this book was interesting but way too explicit for my taste. At some points it felt more like a trashy romance novel than it did a fantasy. Nevertheless, I thought the fantasy aspects of the book were intriguing while some of the characters felt a bit dry. Overall, I think this book goes on my DO NOT RECOMMEND shelve because of the romance masquerading as a fantasy which was truly disappointing.
Borders Broad
What happened? The premise to this book suggested a good read. The result is just 'ho-hum'. Thematically, this book reveals the cliche of cynical bad boy falls in love with ugly duckling turned swan. Thankfully, Abe had her previous book to set the characters into a familiar context. Yet, I felt the the potential far outweighed the result.
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Shana Abé was born in Texas. She spent much of her childhood living in Colorado, with a brief stint in Mexico as a foreign exchange student, and, at age seventeen, lived in Japan as a model. Throughout her childhood, Abé wrote, completing what she calls "The Silliest Romance Novel Ever" during her free time during modeling shoots. Her writing focused on romance, as those were the types of books th ...more
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“Lia: "You've changed your mind about wanting to marry me. You're afraid I'll burn down your home. Embarrass you in front of all the other city brutes."

Zane: "I'm afraid," he said gently, "that you will burn down my heart.”
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“You said I was pretty, before."
"Did I?" A new laugh escaped him, mirthless. "How unoriginal. I must be the master of understatement. I think you're goddamned radiant, and you know it. Sometimes I think if I look at you too long I'll go blind, like a lunatic staring straight into the sun. No," he said in a savage undertone, and let the gown fall back to the floor. "You're not pretty.”
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