Steal the Dragon (Sianim #2)
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I can't say that Steal the D ...more
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's...like 1995.
Setting that aside, as a stand alone story, it was just 'okay' ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
**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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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This novel really took me by su ...more
Sounds like a good story line, where I have my problem is the fact that she is asked to go back ...more
Despite the novel not being what I expected, I still enjoyed it for ...more
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.
Most of my experience in the fantasy genre has been Tolkein's works ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
so, moving right on, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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