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Steal the Dragon (Sianim #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,672 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
PbA new look for a iNew York Times/i bestselling author./b brbr 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.
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Ace
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Shari Kay
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 ✭

I guess I'm the odd man out. I didn't care for this much.

Rialla was a captured slave, dancer, and empath who escaped a cruel master 7 years ago and has been living in Sianim as a horse trainer ever since. The Sianim Spymaster (Ren) wants her to go back to Darran posing as the slave she used to be and try to find out who is threatening King Karsten whose death would end a peace treaty between the countries of Darran and Reth. The agreement would subsequently end slavery, and join the 3 agai
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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
Kathy Davie
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Second in the fantasy series, Sianim.

My Take
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.

The Story
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
You could hear me chanting: Briggs! Briggs! Briggs! I feel like a cheerleader. Hey, I said I feel like one, not that I look one. She's one great magician, but transmutation is a bitch...
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable story about Rialla, a former slave going undercover as her former self and Tris, a mysterious healer who comes to her aid on her mission.

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
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
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Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Part of my quest to read every book Patricia Briggs has ever written. This is one of her earlier books, and I think it shows. It's a fun book, but the reveal of the villain is super clumsy. I figured it out way before the main character (who is supposed to be a spy!!!), and the way she figures it out is pretty dumb. Other than that, I liked it a lot, but that one thing bumped it down a whole star for me.
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
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
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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'
Nov 12, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Midnight Blue
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
It's difficult to describe what I feel about this book - I don't dislike it, it's just that I don't have strong feelings about it at all. I pushed myself to read it quite quickly, and it wasn't boring. But I kind of missed having an exciting plot, a showdown, anticipating where the story might go. I didn't know what would happen to the characters (which is a good thing), but at the same time I wasn't really curious to find out (which is a bad thing). There was just nothing... pulling the story f ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Meh. I love Briggs' Mercy Thompson series and this one pales in comparison. Know it's from earlier on in Briggs' writing career, and it shows. The characters have less depth (the villain practically mwa-ha-has from the corner), you could see the twist way early on, the romance doesn't feel like it comes from a place of maturity and growth, and the main character is kinda...well...dull.

I didn't dislike it. The world is interesting, the magic is kinda neat, and the story of the prophet is thought
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.

I Liked:
Most of my experience in the fantasy genre has been Tolkein's works
Paul Cookson
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked this book up on a bargain stall for fifty pence with a bonus free bookmark hidden inside. I'd never heard of the author never mind the book but it looked interesting and a little different from the books I have been reading of late so I gave it a go. I'm really glad I did as this is a quality little book. I didn't realise until I came to write this review that this is the second book in the series. I suppose reading the first book may have explained a few things about the country and th ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much more in keeping with the other books by Patricia Briggs that I have enjoyed. The first two in the series were enough to make me want to read more. This book was a very enjoyable read, or listen I should say, since this one was an audiobook. I did wonder if I enjoyed this more because it was an audiobook, but storyline, content and writing style are much more important to me. I would suggest this be read after the first two books, but feel it could also be enjoyed as a stand alone book. Now ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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Francais Parker
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
World Building: A+
Mythology: A+
Plot-Twists: A-
Villains: B+
Girl Power: A
Guy-Hero: A
Love-Interests: A
Suspense: A
Feels: A+

For you clean-readers: this book does NOT have mature content. Though, there is some off-page "coupling".
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-fantasy
I'm reading these books out of order. But the 1st and 4th (same main character) I read a long time ago where good. This one was just as enjoyable but definitely has adult concepts in it (rape and the psychological oppression of slavery).
Sana Afifi
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I was a bit appalled at how perfect the main character was, but Briggs is known for her escapist fantasy and she didn't disappoint. I was soon lost in the world she created and couldn't stop.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Surprisingly fun read. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to finishing the series.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Not the most exciting book I have read, but a good story that stays interesting.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Adriane Alexander
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
good read
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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
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“She was comfortable enough that she was beginning to suffer from the most chronic condition of slavery— boredom.” 2 likes
“Laeth returned her smile with one as wicked, as he posed the favorite question of one of the combat instructors, "How many ways are there to kill a person with a knife?"

"It doesn't matter, it only takes one to do the job," returned Rialla.”
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