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Steal the Dragon (Sianim #2)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega novels...

Slave. Swordwielder. Spy. Some girls have all the luck...

When Rialla was young, slave traders from Darran ambushed her clan, killing all the men and enslaving the women and children. For years, Rialla lived in bondage, until she escaped and fled to the mercenary nati
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Ace
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Kathy Davie
Jan 18, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Second in the fantasy series, Sianim.

My Take
I very much enjoyed reading the story but Steal the Dragon leaves the question of the alliance wide open. Nor is there any hint of if the slavery question is dealt with.

Briggs creates a believable setting and a great cast of characters; I just wish there was more continuity among this set of stories.

The Story
A horse trainer who escaped now agrees to return when she learns a Darran lord wants to end slavery.

And, naturally, everything goes awry with pote
Aug 03, 2011 Anita rated it liked it
This is book 2 in the Siaim series, but you really don't need to read this series in order - each story stands alone with a different setting and a different couple. There are no sex scenes, so I wouldn't call this romance, but in each of the 3 books, the lead characters fall in love. Mostly, it's traditional fantasy from the early days of Patricia Brigg's writing. She disparages her early works, but it's still strong. I can see why her publisher kept investing in her - she has a knack for creat ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Jacey rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
There are no dragons in this book – well there is, but not a significant one and it only appears on the page once, in a dream. So having got that out of the way, this is early Briggs (1995). It’s the second in her Sianim books, the first being her debut book, Masques which is so difficult to find that it’s listed at several silly prices from around $135 (so I haven’t read it yet). However not having read the first is no problem because this is a complete standalone (apparently the two books shar ...more
Jun 21, 2016 Mara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
You could hear me chanting: Briggs! Briggs! Briggs! I feel like a cheerleader. Hey, I said I feel like one, not that I look one. She's one great magician, but transmutation is a bitch...
Blodeuedd Finland
I am slowly going through Brigg's backlist and I am almost done now. This one is part of a series, but at the same time it's a stand alone. It's about a former slave called Rialla, she was a dancer, she ran away. She trained horses now she has to spy.

When I started the book I thought the next book would be about her too, but now, this is a lone book. Rialla has to figure out and protect someone who wants to end slavery. It will be dangerous as she has to pretend to be a slave again. She has help
Aug 06, 2014 Daisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequels
Actual Rating: 3.5

Rialla is a former slave dancer turned horse trainer for a spymaster named Ren in a mercenary town called Sianim. It's been 7 years since she's had to dance for any master and she's never had any intentions on becoming someones property again. But when Ren asks her to go undercover to help uncover a plot that may render everyone in the world a slave, how can she say no. Using her powers as an empath and the help of her healer friend Tris, Rialla realizes that she's will always
Apr 13, 2011 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
My late husband bought this book, and although I love fantasy, it sat on the shelves for years before I read it because the cover didn't do it justice. I thought the half naked, buff chick looked tacky, and I thought it must be a book geared towards men. Also, the tagline, "a slave, swordwielder, and spy - some girls have all the fun" didn't inspire me at all. What girl -wants- to be a slave? How is that fun? This is a great example of don't judge a book by its cover.

I can't say that Steal the D
Sep 06, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
If you've read other books by this author, you might be disappointed.
Bottom Line: Try before you buy
I had read the Mercy series by Briggs, so I was expecting something along those same lines, in the quality of writing and quality of story.
However, this book was a complete surprise because it did not match the Mercy series in the slightest way..not even a hint of it. And the reason, it's a much earlier work of the author' 1995.
Setting that aside, as a stand alone story, it was just 'okay'
Jul 05, 2015 Thenia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series, magic, 2015
An enjoyable story about Rialla, a former slave going undercover as her former self and Tris, a mysterious healer who comes to her aid on her mission.

Vivid images and engaging story, but although there is a romantic undercurrent throughout and the relationship between the heroes evolves and they obviously fall in love, they never exchange more than a kiss. Apart from that and the obvious "twist" concerning the bad guys, I didn't have any major issues with the story, which sucked me in and kept m
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Zel Polev
Feb 02, 2016 Zel Polev rated it really liked it
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♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
What a wonderful book. It also took me zero time to smash through it, and those few hours were such a pleasure, i wish it had lasted longer!

I always knew Patricia Briggs was an amazing and gifted writer, but it still surprises and pleases me how i adore absolutely everything she seems to write. I only know of two or three other authors who can inspire the same reaction, it a kind of incredible feeling.

It was fascinating seeing the same world and people from different perspectives to Aralorn and
Excellent narration by Jennifer James Bradshaw. She differentiated the voices, and sounded not "sexy" (as someone said) but mellifluous, with a smoothly modulated voice.

As for the story itself, please excuse any misspelling of names, since I listened only. I liked the developing relationship between the healer Tristan (a sylvan, a green magic user) and the empath Riella (escaped slave turned horse whisperer and spy). That was nicely handled, even though Tris pulled a fast one, and should have h
Fantasy Literature
Jan 23, 2016 Fantasy Literature rated it it was ok
In Steal the Dragon, Patricia Briggs creates yet another strong, believable female protagonist in Rialla, a horse trainer and ex-slave from the country of Darran, who now lives in Sianim. (In fact, Steal the Dragon is technically part of a series called SIANIM, but as the books in the series do not share a lot of plot or characters, merely a setting, you don’t have to read the others to enjoy it.) She learns from the spymaster of Sianim that an influential lord in Darran would like to outlaw sla ...more
Oct 25, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it

**A new look for a *New York Times* bestselling author.**

Patricia Briggs' "unique" (Kliatt) novel of a slave, swordwielder, and spy gets a second life with an exciting new package to attract the fans that made her Mercy Thompson novels bestsellers.

Years ago Rialla fled Darran, the country of her bondage. Now, as a spy in training for the mercenary nation of Sianim, she can strike back at her former masters. A lord of Darran seeks to outlaw slavery, leading to plots against his life. Rialla is

Jun 05, 2015 Dallass rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patricia Briggs fans, fantasy readers,
I finally got around to reading this, and found that I didn't enjoy it as much as the other 3 books. Even having read the quartet out of order, there was nothing earth-shatteringly important that made the reading in order a must.

I liked the character Rialla. She goes through some terrible things in this book.

While I can't gush about this book, I will say that I was rather disappointed that there was no common thread throughout the quartet. Only 1 character from this book is mentioned in the fin
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
A pretty good fantasy with a believable female heroine. Her world has interesting magic, a good plot & well formed characters. It was an enjoyable read.
Dec 21, 2015 Unwisely rated it liked it
Fantasy, but no stupid quests. Not particularly related to the last Sianim book, either; same world and places but different time and characters.

I like Patricia Briggs a lot, and this was no exception. It was not her best work, in my opinion, but still a pleasant read. There's a romantic plotline that I'm sure I would've thought was great when I was younger, but at this point just caused me to roll my eyes. Nothing that ruined the story or anything, but not aimed at me as squarely as some of he
Apr 10, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
2 1/2 stars from me.

This is early Patricia Briggs. I enjoyed seeing the early signs of her developing her craft but some of it was just clumsy. The main character, Rialla, was well drawn and the exploration of what impact being a slave has on her personality was well done. Other characters were less well drawn and some of the interactions and motivations seemed a little off to me. My biggest complaint is that it didn't so much end as just stop.

Still it was pleasant reading and just what the doc
Nov 24, 2015 Magnolia rated it liked it
From Magnolia Reviews: Three Petals

I do recommend this book, but with some reservations. There needed to be more of an emotional connection in the book to make it a great read, but the overall plot and the series as a whole makes it worth reading. I would suggest reading When Demons Walk first, and then reading Steal the Dragon to get the backstory of When Demons Walk.

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Jul 09, 2016 Monique rated it it was ok
This novel was a quick read from Patricia Briggs. It follows Rialla, an escaped slave. She goes back to Darran because she believes she can end slavery. To do that she travels with her friend Laeth to try and prevent the death of his brother. Their mission takes an unexpected turn and Rialla stays behind to ensure the treaty is signed. As such she is truly forced to live and breath as a slave without anyone's protection (whereas before she had Laeth’s protection).

This novel really took me by su
Oct 23, 2010 Tess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Jun 05, 2010 Cayleigh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
I really like Briggs' Mercy Thompson series & have found myself enjoying some of her other stand alone books as well. This was not one of those times. Rialla is a former slave, she escaped to the country of Sianim and learned how to train horses & wield a sword. She is asked by the spy master to go back to her country to be a spy to help solve a problem and maybe help bring an end to slavery.
Sounds like a good story line, where I have my problem is the fact that she is asked to go back
In some ways I thought the summary on the back of the book was misleading. I thought it was going to be a slave's journey from freedom to revenge. Somewhat like a female version of the film 'Gladiator' only set in a fantasy world instead of ancient Rome. Instead the story begins with Rialla already freed and she's not a spy but rather a horse master who is bribed into going under cover as a slave with a mercenary friend of hers.

Despite the novel not being what I expected, I still enjoyed it for
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"It's my turn to help steal something from them--from him"
Another find from my local used bookstore, I needed something light after an intensely horrible book.
Rialla had been a slave, but she escaped to the Sianim, a mercenary clan. Now, Ren, the leader of the clan, is having her leave with Laeth to protect Laeth's brother, Karsten, from death. But their mission changes drastically, threatening the safety of their lands.

I Liked:
Most of my experience in the fantasy genre has been Tolkein's works
Althea Ann
Sep 28, 2013 Althea Ann rated it liked it
This was the second book I'd read by Patricia Briggs, and while it was entertaining, I didn't find it to be as impressive as the other one I've read (Dragon Bones), which was definitely above-average. "Steal the Dragon" (not a related book, regardless of the word "Dragon" in the title) is a light, romantic fantasy adventure.
It's apparently "Book 2 of Sianim", which I wasn't aware of when I picked it up, but it works well enough as a stand-alone novel.
Rialla is an escaped slave, but (through a no
Oct 03, 2010 Bex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Steal the Dragon has so much to it. It is fairly short, but it does not read too fast, and nor does it read to slow. The characters are brilliant and not cliched messes.

We have a strong heroine, yes--but she's not that cold super-chick we see so often in fantasy now. No, she seems very human, and her motivations are realistic. The other characters are equally as entertaining and unique.

While Steal the Dragon was not Briggs' best written novel, I am willing to cut that slack. After all, this wa
Jun 28, 2009 Kit rated it really liked it
i already had a copy of this lying in my TBR list, but didn't want to damage my own copy with any wear and tear, so instead borrowed a copy from the library instead. the cover of the library copy is a lot more updated and colorful, so it probably lended a different mood to what i would've expected going in with my copy instead. it's almost funny how much these little things affect my expectations, and i suspect that's why publishing companies still have marketing departments.

so, moving right on,
Feb 16, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
Briggs has a knack for writing strong, sympathetic female characters, and Rialla is no exception. She's spunky without becoming annoying, and while she accept help from Laeth and Tris, she's a competent heroine in her own right. Tris also makes for an engaging hero with unique abilities, if considerably more enigmatic than the lady.

I was a little confused by the whole empath thing. At the beginning of the story, it's said that Rialla had largely lost her powers during her term as a slave, but t
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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Other Books in the Series

Sianim (4 books)
  • Masques (Sianim, #1 / Aralorn, #1)
  • When Demons Walk (Sianim, #3)
  • Wolfsbane (Sianim, #4 / Aralorn, #2)

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“She was comfortable enough that she was beginning to suffer from the most chronic condition of slavery— boredom.” 2 likes
“Laeth returned her smile with one as wicked, as he posed the favorite question of one of the combat instructors, "How many ways are there to kill a person with a knife?"

"It doesn't matter, it only takes one to do the job," returned Rialla.”
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