Shana Abe is the award-winning author of nine novels, including The Smoke Thief. She lives in the Denver area with four surly pet house rabbits, all rescued, and a big goofy dog. Please, please support your local animal shelter, and spay or neuter your pets.
Just as the shape-shifting dr kons (they can change from human to smoke to dragon) thought their race was dying out, Kimber Langford, Earl of Chasen and Alpha lord of these creatures, discovers the possibility of another tribe existing in Transylvania led by Princess Maricara. As these leaders take measure of each other, a brutal serial killer threatens the very existence of the rare and sometimes benevolent dr kons. Abe, who first introduced the dr kons in The Smoke Thief and The Dream Thief, adds a new element to the mix as the sensual dr kons face their greatest fear-extinction. Abe's graceful storytelling and evocative details make this a good choice for adult fantasy collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
At the start of Abe's inventive third novel (after 2006's The Dream Thief) to feature the dr kon (creatures who appear to be extraordinarily beautiful humans but can turn into smoke or dragons at will), the English dr kon, who believe they are the last of their kind, are delighted to learn of another dr kon tribe in the Carpathian mountains, ruled by alpha princess Maricara of the Zaharen through her nonalpha brother. The English dr kon, 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 dr kon. Maricara journeys alone to England to warn the English dr kon 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.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.