The Smoke Thief (Drakon Series #1) I am 2 for 2 in 2013! This is a beautifully imagined paranormal fantasy interwoven with historical romance and what...moreThe Smoke Thief (Drakon Series #1) I am 2 for 2 in 2013! This is a beautifully imagined paranormal fantasy interwoven with historical romance and what a romance it is!
I am pretty partial to dragon shifters and Abé draws them beautifully here, telling a tale of the Dra'kon, creatures with soul deep ties to the secrets of clan and kin. Not only have they mastered the ability to fold themselves into human form they can also literally dissolve to smoke!
Rue is a fierce, self-possessed young woman hiding from a past where she never fit in and Kit the uber-Alpha who, while hunting for the "runner" who’s fled Darkfrith without permission, is blindsided by fate when he discovers she is his counterpart, his other half, his foreordained mate. I would have maybe liked a little more of Rue's history since we skip a big chunk of time and events that led to her decision to fake her death and cut ties to the shifter society she was born to. But we do get hints of Rue's determination to hold tight to the life she has created outside of the insular society into which she was born as she struggles to deny the pull of her destiny with Kit.
The romantic in me was completely blissed out by this book. I loved Rue's self possession and independence as much as I loved Kit's plot to woo and win her because his internal beast had recognized her for what she was. I think that irrevocable pull of their baser natures was perfectly developed and utterly seductive. It kept me up way past bedtime as I rushed to find out how they would win their HEA.
“I've wanted you from the moment I first saw you in the museum. Before that. I wanted every part of you from the first time I felt you, your presence. I want you in the sky, and against the earth. I want to kiss you again, I want to touch you, I want to feel you in my arms and I want to hear you gasping my name when I'm inside you. I want all that, and I want it badly. Every time I look at you, I want it. So you're going to have to become used to that, Rue. It won't change." swoooon!!(less)
Thin Air starts exactly where we left off as Joanne blinks right out of sight and lands somewhere ‘else’, naked and half dead. Stripped of her memorie...moreThin Air starts exactly where we left off as Joanne blinks right out of sight and lands somewhere ‘else’, naked and half dead. Stripped of her memories by Ashan the djinn in an attempt to ‘unmake’ her from the world when the djinn plot to destroy humanity is stopped by Mother Earth herself.
What follows is her harrowing journey to reclaim her life from the demon impersonating her who hatched during the earth’s explosive and catastrophic reactions to the destruction of the ancient Djinn/Warden contract. Both David and Lewis are there to support her per their own methods but what I thought was truly heartbreaking was watching Joanne try to figure out who to trust as she pieces together her entire life and identity on this harrowing and dangerous journey.
I think Thin Air was one of the most emotional of the Warden novels so far as we see Joanne coming to terms with betrayal, love, grief, trust and pain as she reaches the final confrontation stronger than she ever was before. At the close (view spoiler)[ there is still more conflict, more balancing to be done but our heroine is at least whole (and now a triple threat!) with David at her side. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Holy H-E-double hockey sticks, WHY did I wait so long to read this?!?! Onto book 2 with nary a pause! If you are an UF/PN fan this book..WOW..this boo...moreHoly H-E-double hockey sticks, WHY did I wait so long to read this?!?! Onto book 2 with nary a pause! If you are an UF/PN fan this book..WOW..this book hits ALL the ticklish spots and then some. (less)
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden, blessed with the power to manipulate and control the weather; she has found herself in quite the predicament. Infe...moreJoanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden, blessed with the power to manipulate and control the weather; she has found herself in quite the predicament. Infected with a demon mark that will consume and corrupt her, she is also on the run. Falsely accused of murder, trying desperately to prove her innocence before she is captured and ‘neutered’ (cut off from the powers that define her) Joanne runs straight for an old friend, Lewis. Deemed a threat by the Warden organization, Lewis disappeared because of the great and unique skill he possesses for all three of the wardens abilities: earth, fire and weather. When he left he stole three of the Djinn, beings of enormous power, who work in servitude to the wardens and serve to magnify their powers. Transferring the mark to a djinn is Joanne's only hope for ridding herself of the mark, or so she thinks.
Joanne is a great protagonist. Self sufficient and self deprecating, Joanne is funny, bad ass and independent as hell. Extremely talented, she finds herself battling whatever the wardens throw at her while she tears across the country trying to find Lewis. And then we meet David, a hitchhiker Joanne picks up seemingly out of nowhere, and hello! hot boy alert! David is unassuming and low key but Joanne quickly learns that appearances can be very deceiving as he becomes her partner and more in this crazy race. The showdown ending had some twisty, tense moments and because it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, I was definitely glad I had book 2 on hand.
One last note, I kind of enjoyed the bit of meteorological lesson I got as Joanne redirects, unravels and creates weather to defend herself and the public who are the innocent bystanders caught in the middle of her conflict! Not an avid Weather Channel watcher, I am nonetheless amazed by the power of Mother Nature and Caine's descriptions of Joanne's manipulations added to the book rather than distracted from the action.
Spoilery comments below, just because I had to add: (view spoiler)[I love the inclusion of the djinn in this story. Basically genies in a bottle, they are a cool new element in UF/PNR for me and I loved the possibilies it opened up for Joanne and David’s relationship in the next book. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)