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The Smoke Thief

(Drakon #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  7,790 ratings  ·  681 reviews
For centuries they’ve lived in secret among northern England’s green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret–and their survival–is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary....

Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confo
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Bantam
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Amanda Kratz The first story can be a stand alone. It wraps up most things. The second book in the series is their daughter and a boy from the first book. Not sure…moreThe first story can be a stand alone. It wraps up most things. The second book in the series is their daughter and a boy from the first book. Not sure about it the rest, but I’m pretty sure they continue along this pattern.(less)
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Not what I expected. It started out interesting. It starts with Rue at age 12. Rue is an outcast in the dragon community she lives in because she's a halfing. They treat her like a peasant. All dragons have to live in the dragon community, no other options. Any who leave, called runners, are brought back and punished. Rue drowns at age 17.

Ten years later....guess what, she's not dead. She's the Smoke Thief and the only female dragon able to turn into a dragon in forever. And turn into smoke - t
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance and/or fantasy and/or dragons
I wasn't sure how a historical romance with dragon-shifter characters was going to play out; it could have been really cheesy. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The author blended magic, romance, and a historical setting with this cat-and-mouse story seamlessly. I was completely drawn into the world and characters and I can't wait to read more about the drakon now.

Clarissa Rue Hawthorne is a halfling; have Other (human) and half Drakon (dragon). She's an outsider in her comm
This book was an absolute pleasure to read. It was wonderful. It was thrilling. I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away to a magical world where the drakon (dragon shifters) live amongst us.

The Smoke Thief is set in the 1750’s so it also has the richness and textures of that time period. The author creates a world where a group of people can shift into beautiful, majestic dragons. I loved so many things about this book. The flying sequences were phenomenal. When the drakon shift into their dragon
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rane by: new_user
When it comes to romance novels that deals with paranormal or along those lines of magic etc. I've pretty much given up on. From my POV mostly, you can only do so much with vampires, werewolves and shape shifters before things get old- quick.

So picking up Smoke Thief was taking a lump of salt and digging in and to be surprised on how much I loved it!

Shana Abe writes her story with an ebb and flow to it, that sweeps you along for the ride. I loved the historical setting of her book and the st
Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers looking for a magical romance with a wicked h/h
Recommended to Eastofoz by: new_user
Out of all the romance novels I’ve read I can’t believe I bypassed this gem for as long as I have. Talk about a hidden treasure, and to think I was skeptical as to whether or not it’d be not only a good story but a “decent” romance (!) I wasn’t too keen on the paranormal aspect and the book’s back blurb doesn’t do it justice. Often the back blurbs make the book out to be more than what it is, but this one couldn’t be more understated.

This story is like a lush and juicy peach. Abé is a master sto
Feb 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One.
This is the kind of book I despise, despite it's pretty prose.

There's a secret clan/organization of weredragons. Some have mixed with humans, yielding halflings, which are looked down upon. Apparently, nowadays, the ability to turn into a dragon is limited to men only. So they would love to find a woman who can Turn, because then she can breed.

Many weredragons run away from this clan/organization, because it is run with an iron fist by a bunch of jerks. Runners are hunted down and killed.

The pro
Dec 08, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa Kay
White Dragon
I have a shelf on GoodReads entitled “take-flight” that I use for all sort of things: airplane pilots, angels, dragons. Or in this case, drákon . These mythical breasts are beautifully, if fiercely, portrayed in Ms. Abe’s book. I love the descriptions of they flights.
It felt…exhilarating. Even with him there, it felt like liberty, like she need never touch the ground again.

The sun began to set and the entire sky kindled to flame, suspending them in wild pink and cherry and orange, colors
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katyana by: new_user
I really enjoyed this book - basically just chewed through it until it was done. There wasn't much in the way of fleshed-out secondary characters, but I didn't mind. The development of Kit and Rue was so well-done and rounded that I didn't miss a strong secondary cast.

They were really great, complex characters. Rue, desperate to fit in... honestly, I have to wonder if she didn't become such a flamboyant, notorious thief - as they said in the book, the Council knew it HAD to be a dragon - because
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've wanted to try a historical romance for some time now and didn't have much luck the last time.
This, was much better.

Clarissa Rue Hawthorne as always been an outcast in the eyes of her tribe, being that she's a halfbreed. Half mortal, half dragon, she's pushed aside, tormented or ignored. It's no wonder she faked her own death when she turned at the age of 17, for that would make her the female Alpha and by there laws and traditions she would have to wed the male Alpha, which is no other then
If being able to shift into a dragon was a super power, that would be the one I would pick. I love dragons, and reading about dragons, and I want one as a pet too!! Changing into smoke would be kind of cool too, but every time there was a shift to smoke I couldn't stop visualizing the big black smoke monster from LOST!

This book was ok, I can't say I couldn't put it down, but I didn't want to throw it across the room. There was some great writing and imagery in some parts and then there was some
Very well done! Shana Abe opens her world with a myth about dragons and brings it into the Georgian period. The story revolves around the alpha of the dragon shifting pack known as the Drakon and the woman who would become his mate.

It starts off with them as children. Clarissa is an intense, shy child born of a lower class mother. She is picked on by the supposed alpha female and her pack of meangirls until the day of her eighteenth birthday when she fakes her death and escapes the land of her a
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leah by: new_user
Dear new_user,

Thank you for recommending this book to me. Seriously. If you hadn't, I probably never would have known about it. I never would have met Kit and Rue, who were terrific together, and Zane, who was so adorable. Through this recommendation, I think I've found a series that I can really love. Hell, I already ordered the rest of the books from Amazon. You rock, nu!



So, as mentioned above, I loved this book. It was great. I haven't read many books about dragon shifters, so th
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
After a long(ish) prologue that tells the story about the origins of the drákon and the first chapter that scared me because it seemed it was going to be a YA story, you get a pretty decent first book in the series. For me it managed to do what any first book should do. I am interested in more.

If I had to assign only one genre or sub-genre to this book it would be paranormal historical romance. It takes place in 1700s and you have shapeshifting from human to dragon to smoke (for now).

Fani *loves angst*
I liked this book very much, but I did not love it as many others have. My main problems were:
1. The story seemed to drag a little around the middle with the hero and heroine saying the same lines over and over for way too long. Luckily, it soon picked up again.
2. The hero was not very likable; he did not come as trully sympathetic to the heroine.
3. The heroine distrusted him until the very end: that did not make for a plausible HEA for me.
4. The building of the 'drakon' world and the mystery o
Alison Diem
Apr 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one. Seriously.
Recommended to Alison by: Sirin
Shelves: fiction
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
[Edit July 24, 2015 - Re-read again (first read in 2011)and just finished the entire series again. I love this series and the world Shana Abe has created. She captures the essence of what it would feel like to fly as a dragon but also what it would feel like to become SMOKE. Although I love the entire series, this first book is my favorite. If you love fantasy, dragons, beautiful worlds hidden within the real one, romance, sex but well done and not smutty - give this book a try. ][Extra note - I ...more
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Apr 25, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
As I was reading this, I kept wondering if this was a real book or if I had been punked. I liked the idea of Rue, at first. This was after slogging through the introductory chapter that had nothing to do with the rest of the novel. Once the "romance" began, it became a more and more tedious read. These authors keep setting me up to like their strong women protagonists, and then they turn into mush.

I always feel sad when I dislike a book so much and then see (Book 1) after the title. Who wants m
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
This is the first book in a five book series which is very unique. I absolutely devoured it. I thought the premise might not work (shape shifting dragons) but it totally did! It's a historical setting (Victorian England) with a paranormal fantasy aspect that is so well done! I was really pulled into the story. If you haven't tried this series and you enjoy historical fiction with a touch of fantasy, I highly recommend it! In my opinion, the books in the series get better and better. I think it's ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wicked Incognito Now by: Shannon Doerfler
Stupid book!! I couldn't put it down all day!!

I loved the emotional intensity, the magical quality of the descriptions, the love story....

Even though the love story is grounded in a fated mate situation, I still bought the love these two feel for each other. Even though Kit steamrolls over Rue, I was still completely enthralled by their situation and their love for each other.

 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romance, and books like A Discovery of Witches
I love the combination of genres in this! It would at first seem like a Georgian historical romance, set in 1751 London. But it was also a cat-and-mouse story of a jewel thief. But then, on top of all of that, there are dragons! Yep, you heard me.

Clarissa grew up in a secret tribe of shapeshifting dragons that is disguised as a village and a large manor house, where the Alpha dragon and his family live. From a young age, Clarissa has been in love with the Alpha's beautiful son Cristoff, 4 years
Laura Lulu
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Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laurie by: Racheal Routt
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. In fact when my friend handed it to me I honestly didn’t know what genre it was. She usually gives me stuff that's YA... this book however is DEFINITELY not YA. *wink* I thought it was a really fun read. The plot and characters are very well developed. The author has a beautiful way of writing; not over detailed but exquisite to read. And the Alpha male…. WHOA… All hail alpha! So far my favorite in the series.

"Imagine a place so ripe and thick with the promise of magic that the very air breathes in plumes of pearl and gray and smoky blue; that the trees bow with the weight of their heavy branches, dipping low to the ground, dropping needles and leaves into beds of perfume" - Thus begin the first lines of The Smoke Thief, the story of the mysterious race of half-human half-dragon, and from there it only gets better.

This book is about Clarissa Rue Hawthorne, who as a half breed Drakon child is pretty
Amanda Kratz
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This falls into the bodice ripper category. It lists it self as historical fiction but it’s mostly fantasy. Set in the 1740/50s we follow 2 members of a dragon clan.

So the story is Rue has run away from the dragon clan because she knows that because she has the ability to transform (which is rare among females) she will be forced to marry the Alpha of the clan and while she has been in love with him since childhood. She doesn’t wish to be forced on him. She instead has made herself a career as a
Oct 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF. RANT. Okay, honestly, it takes a lot for me to say a book is too problematic for me to just not read. It has to blatantly be problematic and romanticize abuse or be racist, etc. Well, this book has all of that! Within the first few pages, the love interest, Kit, makes fun of the protagonist, Clarissa, for being a 'halfling' (half dragon, half human). THIS TROPE IS SO PROBLEMATIC AND I'M SO TIRED OF IT. As a biracial person, the trope of being half-magic, half-mortal or whatever is problemat ...more
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans
Recommended to Ladiibbug by: EastofOz
#1 Drakon series - Paranormal Historical Romance

Shana Abe is incredibly gifted with words. Her story and characters pulled me in right away, and the superb writing was icing on the cake.

I can't recall reading anything quite like this -- The Smoke Thief for me had kind of a fairy tale quality to it. Maybe it was the magic / paranormal elements of the story, with the Drakon being able to Turn from human to smoke to dragon.

This is one of those rare books that I'll remember in years to come for the
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This book was incredible. I love the premise of a race of humans who can transform into dragons (or vice versa). Christoff was a sexy, dangerous hero who stakes his claim on his Smoke Thief Clarissa right away. What a vivid, wonderful book.
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathy by: nu_user
I came home from work, grabbed a handful of cashews (um, dinner), fed the dogs and the son, and dove in to finish. This was great. Love, thieves, London, sex, dragons. I mean, what more could you ask for?
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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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