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The Dream Thief by Shana Abe
Review by Carolyn Frank
Bantam Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0553804936
Date: 26 September, 2006 List Price $18.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Having heard the Draumr many years earlier than anyone else, Lia also hears bits of the future in her dreams. As she appears to lack any noticeable Gift, her hearings and dreams are ignored. Based on both, as a very young adult, she steals away to find the gemstone. The Draumr is thought to be far away in Central Europe, and the Alpha sends Zane off in the guise of an English gentleman on the Grand Tour to bring it back. Having set the stage, the book flowers into a romance as the two meet, travel and adventure together. And Love proves to be a primary force, enabling Lia to realize her Gifts, and Zane to save his own life.

The time is the late 18th century, in the period prior to the French Revolution. The world is the historically appropriate Europe of horses and carriages, lanterns and candlelight, cities and endless forests, pistols and shotguns. All of the major characters are young and beautiful (or handsome if male); this is a world without sickness or disease, wars or peasant uprisings, ugliness or even ordinariness. The dragons, when they eventually show up, do fit the fantasy mold of flying dragons, with their fire breathing, strong claws and iridescent scales.

Although brief references are made to the characters and actions within the first book of a trilogy-to-be, The Smoke Thief, this book easily stands on its own. Having been wholly entertained by this book, this reviewer will certainly find and read the prior tale, and believes everyone who enjoys well-written fantasy romance will enjoy reading both books.

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