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Steal the Dragon (Sianim #2)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  3,826 ratings  ·  152 reviews
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 amburshed 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 na...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Ace
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Kathy Davie
Second in the fantasy series, Sianim. The only connection any of the books have is the countries involved and the ae'Magi although the Voice of Altis, the current ruler of Cybelle, does get a mention in When Demons Walk.

In Steal the Dragon, a horse trainer in Sianim, Rialla, agrees to return to Darran from which she had escaped slavery in an effort to aid a Darran lord who wants to end slavery in company with a mercenary friend, Laeth, who is also a brother to that same lord. Naturally, there ar...more
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
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
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...more
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'...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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.
Apr 10, 2014 Barbara rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
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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...more
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...more
Crystal Starr Light
"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.

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Most of my experience in the fantasy genre has been Tolkein's works...more
Althea Ann
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
Janice (Janicu)
This is the story of Rialla. As a young woman she belonged to a travelling clan and was a gifted empath, but her family was killed by slavers and she was made a dancing slave in Darran. The carnage of her clan ripped away most of her empathic ability. She escaped the slavers and went to the mercenary country of Sianim where she found a job as a horse trainer. But her life as a horse trainer is interrupted: her past as a slave in Darran makes her the perfect spy. She is sent to protect a lord pus...more
Set in the world of an admitted failed novel this is the proof that sometimes the publishing world doesn't know best.

A light read as are the others in this medieval S&S tale but it's still entertaining. We have the bones of a world conflict with a God driven country out to save everyone from the magic users, remnants of an elder race who use Green magic, not the corruptible HUMAN (spit when you say that) magic and a brave X-slave girl who discovers her roots are in Fae ancestors who left her...more
May 06, 2008 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Felicia Day
Shelves: fantasy-sf
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I love her style for plot. She doesn't drag out what is going to happen next. If it seems like the obvious thing to happen, it just happens and quickly. If there is a surprise, then that happens naturally and is explored to the depth it should

There were a number of times I felt, "Hey she can't be doing that now, there's not enough book left."

So the story is rich.

The characters are well done, but not super deep. Mostly they just deal with tragedy and don't wallo...more
"Steal the Dragon" is the tale of an escaped slave, Rialla, who returns to the land where she was enslaved. As a spy, she hopes through her efforts to support a peace accord that will end slavery. But to effectively spy, Rialla must (at least for awhile) become a slave again.

Briggs takes a slew of nasty topics -- murder, torture, rape, slavery -- yet avoids dropping the reader into despair or depression. This novel is enjoyable, lively and mainly light hearted, despite the weighty topics. The c...more
The whole time I read this book I kept wondering what the point was, what issue(s) would be resolved and how would it end up standing alone? The answer is: it was really interesting, at times quite dark reading but at the end it leaves more questions than answers.

There's a reason why these fantasy/sci-fi/alternate reality/world books tend to run in series, and that's because there are questions, issues, and generally just too much info to possibly fit into a single satisfying read.

Book still g...more
This is one of Patricia Briggs' earlier works and it shows. There was some repetition, though the plot line seemed a little more involved than her book Masques. It's fairly straightforward, I had worked out who the villain was long before the conclusion was reached. All in all, a fast enjoyable read.
This is the first Patricia Briggs book that I ever read, and I read it so long ago that I was afraid that the book wouldn't live up to my memory. Fortunately, while I don't love it with the passion I did when I was a teenager, I still think it's a good book.

Rialla is interesting, and while I think the book could have been longer, and we could have known the character better, I think she is both contradictory and charming. Tris is kind and genuinely seems to care for Rialla by the time the novel...more
Tina Starr
This one was an easy and compelling read. A nice balance of adventure, magic, and romance. The reader is dropped into the story knowing that the brave and beautiful heroine has recently experienced some horrible things, and she's about to voluntarily experience those same horrible things again for noble reasons. There's a powerful healer-hero who isn't exactly human, and romance that takes a backseat to the action. The romance grows very slowly and naturally, never making the story drag. There's...more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. My only scolding has to do with the cover. Why on earth is the girl on the cover blonde and busty when the main character is described as having fiery red hair, green eyes, and being tall and somewhat lanky/athletic? Oh bother.
Jan 23, 2012 Cait rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Patricia Briggs Fans, fantasy lovers
Recommended to Cait by: no one
I enjoyed this book. I feel that Rialla is a very strong woman. However, I think that her emotional reaction to having to go back into slavery was too mild and unrealistic. I understand her explanation that this time she is CHOOSING to pretend to be a slave and therefore she is not really a slave. However, emotions are stronger than that kind of thinking, especially when you've lived with the fear for so many years. It is even in her nightmares, and yet she goes back to the life more easily than...more
I am enjoying this book. I'm only about half way through it.

I "discovered" Patricia Briggs about a month ago when I picked up The Hob's Bargain - I enjoyed that book so much that I picked up Dragon Bones and Dragon Blood, both excellent reads. I enjoy her characters and (so far)her stories.

I noticed that some of the reviewers of this book were displeased with both characters and plot. To each his/her own. I'll never understand fans of Danielle Steel or Stephen King. But that's why there are so m...more
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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...more
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