This book didn't really meet any of the expectations i had going to reading it, but it was a pretty easy good read so i'm ok with that. It's been a wh...moreThis book didn't really meet any of the expectations i had going to reading it, but it was a pretty easy good read so i'm ok with that. It's been a while since i've read a children's book, and once i abandoned trying to use logic to explain why somethings just didn't make sense, it was pretty much fun.(less)
This was my second favourite book of the series after The Dream Thief which featured Zane. The Treasure Keeper is about Zoe Lane, the first love of Rhy...moreThis was my second favourite book of the series after The Dream Thief which featured Zane. The Treasure Keeper is about Zoe Lane, the first love of Rhys' life. Zoe knows her gifts mean she will be confined to Darkfrith and made to marry the next Alpha in line, Rhys Langford, regardless of her wishes in this regard, so she keeps her gifts a secret. But now, Rhys had been kidnapped by their greatest enemy and with Zoe's intended missing while on a mission to the Carpathians, Zoe sets out to play rescuer. I loved this book. The banter between Zoe and Rhys, the way these characters are portrayed as vulnerable and strong at the same time, the humour and secrets they share - loved all of it. After 4 books, some of the beauty of the world that Abe has built seems repetitive and loses its appeal. I almost skipped those parts in the third book, but this one did not have much of the backstory and did not overdo it on the world setting. Definitely reading the next one.(less)
Absolutely loved it. especially because there's so much of Jack and George in here and those two are just awesome.I like that the three books tie into...moreAbsolutely loved it. especially because there's so much of Jack and George in here and those two are just awesome.I like that the three books tie into each other this way and we get glimpses of what's happened since the last 2 books.
“I never wanted to marry anyone before,” he said. “When two people marry, they surrender a small part of themselves. They become more like each other. I never met a woman who was better than me at things I take pride in, and I never wanted to be like them. I always knew that whoever I was with was temporary. There was always a new woman around the corner. I’ve seen marriages shatter. Twice. My mother left, then Richard’s wife. It almost broke my brother.”
“So how do I know that you won’t move on and leave me broken?” “Because you are the one. You are better than me in some things, and I am better than you in others.” He drew her into his arms. “I don’t mind being a bit like you. I hope you don’t mind being a bit like me.”(less)
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 Ama...moreThis 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 discussing her and her Transylvanian home for years - one who is beautiful, a alpha and who can Turn causes chaos in Darkfrith, with the council, the other men and Kimber all with ideas of their own. Good thing Mari is headstrong to handle them all.
This book for me was mostly the story of a courtship among enemies, doubt, mistrust, and longing. Almost all of it from Kim's side. I found Mari to be a well drawn character who knew what needed to be done and was very much like Rue and Amalia in her strength and stubbornness. Kim was a bit more confusing for me - an alpha thrust into the position with lil or no experience at handling everything thrown his way and a man who knew what he wanted but bumbled about while he got to it. I'd have hit him over the head and found someone else in some instances if I was Mari. Other times he was a gem. The Alpha part seemed like second skin to Kristoff, and I guess I missed that in Kim. (btw, I always thought Kimber was a girls name?)
The enemies were pretty much confusing and a lot of the story that involved them, especially the ending, left me with a huh?
Which brings me to the ending. After all that build up, anti-climax is a mild word for it. I found it too abrupt, and what really upset me was the cliff-hangers. What happened to Rhys, the other brother? Kit, Rue, Lia, Zane ..so many people I want to know about. . It wasn't really a cliff-ending as such, but it left a lot of things up in the air. Now I HAVE to read the next book. I would have anyway, but being forced to due to abrupt endings is not a happy feeling.
I love that way Abé writes - poetry and prose all together. Each new book has new characters that have their own abilities and only add to the Drakon world. While not the best book from the 3 I've read so far, this is still a good book that'll keep you turning the pages till 3 in the morning. Do read in order of series to appreciate them though.(less)