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Queen of Dragons (Drakon #3)

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Hidden among the remote hills of eighteenth-century England lives a powerful clan of shape-shifters who’ve become the stuff of myths and legends. They are the drákon—supersensual creatures with the ability to Turn from human to smoke to dragon. Now a treacherous new enemy threatens to destroy their world of magic and glittering power.

For centuries, they thought themselve
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ebook, 338 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Bantam
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Leah
1.5 stars


I was originally going to give this book just 1 star, but I decided to go with 1.5 stars. Why, you ask? Because I liked the last 25 pages or so. I'm a sucker for a good ending. And, since the ending was the only part of the book I actually enjoyed, I felt that it deserved an extra half star.


The plot in this book is weak. In fact, I can't really see that there is much of a plot. Aside for the minimal page time given the humans hunting the dragons, the book seemed to only consist of Maric
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Eastofoz
Jun 25, 2010 Eastofoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dràkon fans & dragon lovers
Shana Abé doesn’t know the word “nice” nor does she know words like “good” or “bad”. You know those words that you see all the time to describe some regular thing or other making you wonder why the author can’t be a tad more creative in their writing style. Well with Abé you’ll never have that problem. She can make the most mundane, humdrum and inconsequential thing explode into a freakin’ firecracker of colour. The woman could convince you that ironing and sweeping are an intricate ballet of sw ...more
Lady Claire, Marchioness of Fancy Pants
This is the third book of the Drakon series, and it appears that the books decline in goodness. The first book The Smoke Thief was really good, and the next book The Dream Thief was okay.

I didn't finish Queen of Dragons. I got about half through, and I had to keep forcing myself to pick it up. It just kept going on and on, and I didn't care at all. The characters could all die, and I would have been okay with that because at least the book would have finally been over.
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I am loving this series. I am going to quote from the book to try and explain just what the Drakon in this world are, because I think it is important that the reader of these books realizes that these are not PEOPLE/HUMANS. I am surprised that the reviews of these books are so critical of how few choices the females have and how dominant the males are. And this pertains to the main characters, not the entire world of the drakon because most of them have total choice in their romances and marriag ...more
Carmen
Jul 30, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Shana Abé hates cabbage. I know this because she makes her main characters hate cabbage in every book so far.

In other news, this time the protagonist, Kimber, is not a rapist. That's good. Actually, he and Maricara don't even have sex until page 203. And she has a spine, stands up to everyone, proves her strength and resourcefulness. I think Abé is trying to lead up to a "women finally gain some rights" plot that might appear somewhere in the final book. But I'm not holding my breath.

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Maureen
Apr 28, 2009 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Drakon series by Shana Abe is doing a curious thing to my reading habits. I am normally a romance genre fan but I am finding that I am as interested, if not more so, in the fantasy genre story in this series as I am in the romance.

As a romance book, Queen of Dragons was not as impactful for me as The Dream Thief was. Maybe that's because that while Kimber, the hero in Queen of Dragons is very nice, he just doesn't compare to Zane from Dream Thief. (Thankfully, Zane does make a brief appearan
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Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
This book didnt really hold the excitement the first two did. There was a story outside of the romance involving hunters, but it wasnt really much of a focus. I would say most of the story revolved around Maricara and the tension between her and the drakon of Darkfrith. Her ways are so different that it takes a long time for them to trust each other.

This was the shortest book so far and didnt have enough time to really focus on either the story or the romance. There wasnt as much of a connectio
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Brownbetty
Eh.

Three books in, I am becoming unable to escape the conviction that this author thinks a man being so turned on by you he just! can't! control himself! is very dashing and romantic, and a high compliment. So far, all of her heroines have avoided rape, but the dude in this one does a lot of "We're meant to be together, you can't escape that!" and he doesn't mean that fate will bring them together; he's talking about his goons. The romantic declaration of feelings on his part is when he basical
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Jeanine
Sep 12, 2011 Jeanine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Queen of Dragons is the third book in the Drakon series. This is the story of Kimber (Rue and Kit's eldest son) and Princess Maricana of the Zaharen. Again, Shana Abe tells a beautiful story. She implements a new group of people, hunters who are dead set on killing the Drakon. I gave Queen of Dragons four stars because it took a while for things to pick up. In her previous books of the Drakon, I was pulled in from start to finish and so sad once the book ended.

Although, I am not sure if it fair
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Melinda Jane Harrison (Girls and Their Goblins)
My favorite of the series. Really good.
HÜLYA
Jul 17, 2012 HÜLYA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
İnsan,Ejderha,Duman formuna giren muhteşem varlıkların kitabı bitti..18.YY.İngillteresinde geçen bu seriyi çok seviyorum..Ejderha Kraliçesi serinin 3.kitabı idi..Goodreads Puanı 5/3,65

Seri beş kitaptan oluşuyor devamı gelecek mi bilmiyorum..Serinin diğer kitaplarına göre biraz daha vasattı sanki..Son okuduğum Rüya Avcısı bana göre daha güzeldi...Bu serinin bir talihsizliği de farklı yayın evinden çıkmaları..İlk kitap Duman Hırsızı Erko Yayın'dan çıkmış..Seri bir bütün bence olaylar birbirini tak
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Catherine
I don't think I've read another series where the paranormal species it's about has PISSED ME OFF as much as these Drakons. The females are OK, I suppose…at least in the previous two books. Not so much in this one. But the guys are (and there's really only one word for it) assholes. Their domineering mentality over the female characters makes me feel violent, and I fail to see how the heroine’s could overlook that and fall in love with the so called ’heroes’ anyway.

I mean, for Christ sake, this
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Fani
I generally don't like the 'fated-to-be-mated' theme because I consider it a gamble that few authors manage to actually win. The reason is that it can easily turn into an unavoidable union between two people who are happy to find some attraction between them to ease their way, rather than a passionate, emotional love story. This book only served to reinforce this opinion of mine.

Kimber is the alpha of the English Drakon now that his parents have gone missing while Maricara is the alpha of the C
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Beth (moonivy)
Jan 01, 2008 Beth (moonivy) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like a fantasy/romance mix.
Read 12/31-1/1/08.

Queen of Dragons is the latest book in the Drakon series. Set in 18th century England and Romania, the story is a romance/fantasy mixture about the Drakon - folk who tend the land, love their tribe and shape-shift into dragons. In this volume, Princess Maricara of the Romanian Drakon arrives
in the quiet English shire of Earl Kimber Langford and sparks fly. Maricara has come to England to warn these distant Drakon cousins of great danger, an
evil that hunts the Drakon, only to
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Sela Ordaz
Oct 31, 2014 Sela Ordaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought, it would be weird to be reading about these characters and even though I was trying to catch up with the years, in the end. I enjoyed... a lot.
Nicole
Jun 25, 2014 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to read this after enjoying The Smoke Thief and The Dream Thief so much. Boy was I disappointed! I truely despise books that set up all kinds of questions and intrique and then don't answer them at the end - it leaves the book feeling unfinished with a lame attempt at getting you to read the next book in the series (which Abe is obviously writing). I just think a good author can write a series without leaving TONS of unanswered questions from book to book. This book did not answ ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
This installment of the Drakon series was not my favorite of the three I've read so far. Actually, I would give this book three stars because the plot is almost nonexistent. However, Abe's writing style enthralls me. It's dreamy and enchanting and unlike almost any other style I've encountered. So my enjoyment of the this novel was not affected by the lack of plot. Therefore, four stars.
Jaylee
The writing in this book is beautiful. It is lush, rich... I just wanted to bury myself in it like warm blanket or decadent cake. Unfortunately, like cake, the story was all sugar and no substance.

The female protagonist in this story had no agency in the romantic plotline. Every single romantic scene is told from the man's point of view, about how she is "his" and he wants to possess her, wants to literally lock her up in a room in his basement to keep her there. She is described as being powerf
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Theresa
May 04, 2008 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys fantasy romance.
Shelves: 2008, fantasy-pnr
I thoroughly enjoyed this entry in the Drákon series. It was fast paced and set up plots to take the reader through several more entries in the series. Of all the characters introduced in the series so far, Maricara, Kimber, and Kimber's brother, Rhys, are my favorites. I can't wait for the next book to see where the author takes them.
Debra
Feb 03, 2016 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a way this was a typical center book in a series - it's transitional. Book two begins the next generation, the daughter of Rue and the Marquess (book one); however, book three does not move on another generation but rather tells the story of Maricara whom we met in book two and one of the sons.

The story had a nice flow, but it seemed to move a little slower than the first two books. There were a few chapters in which I felt like I stepped outside the story line. I believe the purpose was to
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Chrystal
Mar 21, 2014 Chrystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book of the the Drakon series and I like this book the best so far. The plot really starts to form in this book because things and people you meet in the earlier books starts to add up. There is more action, adventure, humor and mystery than Romance between the characters. The only thing that was meh was the main Romance between the two main characters seems abrupt and forced compared to the last two books.
The story starts out with Princess Maricara of the Zaharen, ruler and al
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Lisa Leu
May 08, 2014 Lisa Leu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book is riddled with continuity errors and the cliches only become more prolific as the series drags on. Redundancy in word choice and metaphors weakens the descriptions and renders the sex scenes completely cheesy. If the word "ravish" wasn't already beaten to death in the first and second novels it certainly was in the third. The characters are more like formulaic shadows that rigidly adhere to a stereotype of primal nature that never fails to addle their brains. The "its in their nature" ...more
Kiera Beddes
Genre: shape-shifters, power couples, etc
Summary: Maricara is a powerful Romanian drakon princess who comes to Darkfrith to warn the drakon that hunters know where they are and are coming for them. Kimber, the Alpha of the Darkfrith drakon must decide whether or not to trust Maricara, but he knows from the very beginning that they are destined to be together forever.
Response: I felt like there was no point to the story beyond Mari and Kimber's relationship. And throughout the whole book it was K
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Sophie
Aug 05, 2014 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I didn't like it as much as I liked the first two books, but it still was a captivating read.
Nicole N.
Is it just me to this book seem slow? Not in like a bad way, but one of those languorously slow books that pull you in bit by bit until it has you sucked in completely! Excellent way to do things I say, and Abe continues to write wonderfully and with such vivid description that if Regency England weren't semi-solid knowledge in my brain, it is after reading this and the previous books.

I will, admit, however, that I've never noticed the age gap between the characters. It seems always that the fem
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Bark's Book Nonsense
This was my reading group choice for our February meeting but as is my usual habit I didn't start it until after the meeting.

This book is part of a series but I was told that it can easily be read as a standalone so I decided to give it a go since I had already spent the $6+ to purchase it for the group. To be completely honest I only decided to read it after reading the author blurb who talked about sharing her home with bunnies and a goofy dog and who promotes supporting your local shelter. Sh
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Katy Rustemeyer
rincess Maricara is first introduced as the young bride of the Zaharen Prince who sucks in the book Dream Thief and that might have to be my favorite book of the Drakon series. Queen of Dragons is good in its on right, but it just didn't compete well with the other two. I was able to better picture Mari the descrpitions were better. I pictured a dark skinned spunky Princess kind of like Jasmine from Aladin. But more adult, and Mari dresses in dark reds and golds and looks out of place in fancy F ...more
Karyn
Mar 30, 2015 Karyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010-13
This is my third Shana Abé book and I'm still in love with all things Drakon.
The previous book The Dream Thiefhad my favourite character Zane, and Amalia - the daughter of Kristoff and Rue from Book 1, The Smoke Thief. This one is the story of the Transylvanian Drakon Queen Maricara and Lia's elder brother, the Darkfrith Alpha Kimber.

Mari has come to Darkfrith with news of an Old enemy of the Drakon who are trying to wipe them out. But the arrival of a unknown Drakon into a Darkfrith that's been
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Martina the Book Fairy
Just finished Queen of Dragons (The Drakon, Book 3) by Shana Abe (1/2). This series takes place in 18th century Europe (this book mostly in England) and is about a race of dragon/human shapeshifters called the drakon. Queen of Dragons continues the overall story of The Drakon, but centering the story on Lord Kimber Langford (son to Rue from Book 1 & sister to Lia in book 2) and Princess Maricara of a previously unknown tribe of drakon from the Carpathian mountains.

Mari learns of a group kil
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Vanessa theJeepDiva
If I were a Drakon Princess who was determined not to become mated to the Drakon Alpha of another Drakon tribe, the last thing I would do is travel to his home. Our Drakon Princess Maricara travels to England to Darkfrith as soon as she is of an appropriate mating age. She goes straight to Kimber Langford’s home. She pops up in his home in the middle of the night, naked to accuse him of trying to spy on her and to declare that she will not wed him. She also flees his home to hide from him. She g ...more
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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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“I didn’t want to be in love with you. I didn’t want to believe in love at all. It’s never happened to me before. And to be perfectly frank, I’m still not entirely happy about the whole thing. I think—it’s going to be exhausting. You’re domineering and devious and I’ve noticed that whenever we’re not kissing, I wish we were.” Her voice had grown nearly plaintive; she stopped and cleared her throat. “It’s a damnable situation. I don’t know what to do about it.”
He eyed her from the chair. “I’m pigheaded, too. Pray don’t forget that.”
“Certainly not. It was the next thing I was going to mention.”
“My sweet, your notion of love is unique, to say the least. I wonder that you haven’t written me sonnets already. Something like ‘Ode to the Blackguard.”
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“He’d never liked tea. It seemed somewhat ridiculous to him, to interrupt his day with miniature cakes and dry, crustless sandwiches, and fragile china that always seemed about to snap in half between his fingers. Tea, Kimber reasoned, was a feminine invention, ruled by females of a certain type: ruffled, beribboned, and iron-willed.” 4 likes
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