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At the start of Abé's inventive third novel (after 2006's The Dream Thief) to feature the drákon (creatures who appear to be extraordinarily beautiful humans but can turn into smoke or dragons at will), the English drákon, who believe they are the last of their kind, are delighted to learn of another drákon tribe in the Carpathian mountains, ruled by alpha princess Maricara of the Zaharen through her nonalpha brother. The English drákon, led by their alpha lord, Kimber Langford, earl of Chasen, send emissaries from their stronghold of Darkfrith in York to Transylvania, but the emissaries are murdered en route by a secret organization dedicated to the annihilation of the drákon. Maricara journeys alone to England to warn the English drákon of the danger. Romantic fantasy fans are sure to look forward to further installments in this winning series set in the late 18th century. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553588060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553588064
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shana Abé is the author of Queen of Dragons, The Dream Thief, and The Smoke Thief. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By loonigrrl on January 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover

After very much enjoying both The Dream Thief and The Smoke Thief, I was greatly anticipating Queen of Dragons. From the very beginning, however, I found myself not as connected to the story. Part of that may be due to the fact that I honestly don't remember much about Princess Maricara from the last book, and this one starts off expecting us to. Part of it may be due to the fact that Maricara is not an easy person to sympathize with and relate to. She is immediately portrayed as different from the rest of the Drakon, and although I normally sympathize with the outsider, she comes across as cold and distant and unlikeable. Sure, she was forced to marry the evil and abusive leader of the Carpathian Drakon when she was only nine and I'm sure suffered greatly at his hands, but Shana Abe's writing is rather vague and distant and detached about all this. I wasn't sure how much her horrible marriage affected Maricara (although I'm sure it was supposed to) because the character herself never really talked or thought about it. And the fact that it wasn't dealt with more just made me confused and frustrated.

Another problem I had with this book, which is a problem that I've had with the other two but which seemed more glaringly obvious and outrageous, is the lack of choice given to the female characters. Despite being forced into a marriage and raped by her husband (she was only nine- of course it was rape, but again all this was just hinted at vaguely) Maricara was then betrothed without her knowledge or consent at the age of FIFTEEN. It was hard enough to read about what was hinted about regarding her marriage at nine, but for then the alleged good guys to turn around and do the same thing was just appalling and disgusting to me.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By gluttonous reader on January 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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I think the most frustrating part of this book is the lack of finished story lines. Um, where did Kimber's parents go? Why? What's the deal with Lia and Zane? Why is Kimber so upset his parents left? What's Audrey's problem? Why do all of Mari's people hate/fear her? Why does she change into a dragon in her sleep? How does that get fixed? Why is she the only one who does this? Is she supposed to sleep in a dragon escape proof room the rest of her life? What happened to her parents? And what's the deal with her brother. OH! and why did Rhys poof into Kimber and Mari's room? Why do the British dragons seem to think it's OK to take over another group and unilaterally decide who that other group's leader will marry?
I've read the previous two books. I really enjoyed the first one. The second is hazy and I don't remember being very impressed. But this one is just plain confusing. From the beginning I had no real idea what was going on. And nothing ever really got explained. As a previous reviewer said, some things that were pretty important to the story were barely touched on. Some things weren't discussed at all.
I found this book to be frustrating and almost gave up a couple of times. I didn't like the hero or the heroine. Actually, it's more like I didn't care about them. There was him chasing her, her not wanting to be trapped again, they sleep together, she is kidnapped and poof they are in love....it's almost like this book was cut in half and all the important stuff was left out.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on December 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This story is the third in Shana Abé's engaging Drákon series, the follow up to "The Smoke Thief" and "The Dream Thief". The Drákon are a race of people who appear human but have the ability to turn into dragons or smoke, although these abilities are gradually becoming less common amongst the Drákon. The previous two books have identified two different communities of Drákon, the first living at Darkfrith in England and the second in Transylvania.

The heroine of this story is Princess Maricara of Transylvania, the child bride of the ruler of the lost drákon tribe. That ruler, Imre, was killed in "The Dream Thief" and the Princess was left to rule alone at the age of fifteen. As the main part of this story starts, Maricara is nineteen and is troubled by her own people and by various English Drákon attempting to find her castle in Transylvania and being killed on the way. She decides that she has to leave her brother in charge of the community and to travel to Darkfrith in England to warn the Drákon there of the existence of Dragon Hunters.

Once she arrives, however, she discovers she's meant to marry the Alpha of the Darkfrith group, Kimber Langford, Earl of Chasen. It's also clear that the Darkfrith Drákon have plans to annex the Transylvania Drákon and can't be trusted. Maricara doesn't understand or abide by their rules which have been created to avoid detection and she has a problem in that she seems to sleepwalk into her dragon form, causing carnage. Can she and Kimber protect the Drákon from those hunting them down, and who is behind their pursuers? And can Maricara learn to accept her apparent role as wife of the Alpha in England?
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