Hidden among the remote hills of eighteenth-century England lives a powerful clan of shape-shifters who've become the stuff of myths and legends. They are the drakon--supersensual creatures with the ability to Turn from human to smoke to dragon. Now a treacherous new enemy threatens to destroy their world of magic and glittering power.
For centuries, they thought themselves alone at Darkfrith, but the arrival of a stunning letter from the Princess Maricara sent from the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania suggests the existence of a lost tribe of drakon. It is a possibility that the Alpha lord, Kimber Langford, Earl of Chasen, cannot ignore. For whoever this unknown princess may be, she's dangerous enough to know about the drakon's existence--and where to find them. That, as Kimber can't help but concede, gives her a decidedly deadly advantage. And, indeed, it wouldn't be long before Maricara breached the defenses of Darkfrith and the walls around Kimber's heart. But the mystery of the princess's real identity and the warning she has come to deliver, of a brutal serial killer targeting the drakon themselves, seem all but impossible to believe. Until the shadowed threat that stalks her arrives at Darkfrith, and Kimber and Maricara must stand together against the greatest enemy the drakon have ever faced--an enemy who may or may not be one of their own. They have no choice but to yield to their passionate attraction for each other. But for two such very different drakon leaders, will an alliance of body and soul mean their salvation, their extinction...or both?
At the start of Abe's inventive third novel (after 2006's The Dream Thief) to feature the drakon (creatures who appear to be extraordinarily beautiful humans but can turn into smoke or dragons at will), the English drakon, who believe they are the last of their kind, are delighted to learn of another drakon tribe in the Carpathian mountains, ruled by alpha princess Maricara of the Zaharen through her nonalpha brother. The English drakon, 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 drakon. Maricara journeys alone to England to warn the English drakon 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. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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December 25, 2007
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