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Steal the Dragon (Sianim) [Mass Market Paperback]

Patricia Briggs
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1 Nov 1995 Sianim (Book 2)
A new look for a "New York Times" bestselling author. Patricia Briggs' "unique" (Kliatt) novel of a slave, swordwielder, and spy gets a second life with an exciting new package to attract the fans that made her Mercy Thompson novels bestsellers.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner International; Reprint edition (1 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441002730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441002733
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Patricia Briggs lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced fantasy with a touch of romance 17 Dec 2006
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Those who have come to Patricia Briggs having read "Moon Called" will find that this book is very different in style from that werewolf/vampire story. "Steal The Dragon" is a fantasy like "Dragon Bones" and "Dragon Blood" as well as her "Raven's" duology. Despite the use of the word "Dragon" in the title of this book it isn't related to the other two dragon books - the only occurrence of "Steal the Dragon" in this book is as a game rather like Chess.

Rialla is an ex-slave working as a horse trainer in Sianim. She comes to the attention of the Spymaster as she is an empathy as well as an ex-slave. Machinations are afoot in a neighbour land, the place where Rialla was formerly a slave, and the Spymaster wishes her to travel, along with Laeth, a mercenary, to that land to see if they can prevent the assassination of Laeth's brother who is working for peace and the end of slavery in his land.

Of course things don't go as planned and Laeth ends up arrested for the murder of his brother. Rialla is severely injured but is nursed back to health by Tris, the local healer. She soon works out that there's more to Tris than meets the eye as his healing abilities seem almost magical - in a world where magic is feared. Tris and Rialla plot to rescue Laeth from his death sentence for killing his brother but this opens a whole new can of worms.

There are many interesting aspects to this book. Rialla's former life as a slave makes very good background, the way in which slaves have to damp down their emotions, the way in which they become dehumanised after a long period in slavery and the dangers in which Rialla places herself in returning voluntarily to slavery as a disguise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Three and a half stars rather than four? Maybe but that doesn't mean it's not a good book. It's certainly well worth reading if you like your fantasy character-driven with a light touch of romance and a dollop of magic.

There are no dragons in this book - well there is one, but it's not a significant one and it only appears on the page once, in a dream. So having got that out of the way, this is early Briggs (1995). It's the second in her Sianim books, the first being her debut book, Masques [*] which is so difficult to find that it's listed at several silly prices starting at around $135 (so I obviously haven't read it yet). However not having read the first is no problem because this is a complete standalone (apparently the two books share some side characters) in which former dancer/slave, Rialla, is asked to return to the land of her slavery on an important mission for the Spymaster of the mercenary nation of Sianim.

She's disguised as a slave to her spy-mission-partner Laeth and the big issue at first is whether she can go back to the guise of slavery and, indeed, whether, after seven years of freedom. she's ever really left slavery behind. This is heightened by the appearance of her former slave-master and his demand (unmet) that his property be returned to him. When Laeth is accused of murder and incarcerated help appears from a totally unexpected quarter, the somewhat hunky, but rather strange healer, Tris, who is rather more than he appears. He's not-quite-human for starters. With Laeth rescued and heading back to the Spymaster with the first part of the required intelligence, it's left up to Rialla and Tris to find the real killer and that, means Rialla is going to have to let herself fall into her former owner's clutches again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot 18 Feb 2009
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As always with this author, a fun and pleasant read. In this book we follow former-slave-turned-horsetrainer-turned-spy Rialla, as she gives up her new life in Sianim and returns to Darran where she spent years as a slave, in order to keep alive a lord who is planning to outlaw slavery.

Most certainly an enjoyable read. Fastpaced with many humorous momnents, a likable heroin and a suitably mysterious and charming hero. definitely recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading 9 Feb 2013
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Worth reading but then I have enjoyed all the books written by this authoress. Think this is one of the earlies books written but still worth a read with the usual mystery
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