Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
5 star:    (0)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
2 star:
1 star:    (0)
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
Most Helpful First | Newest First

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fourth in Drákon series, 8 April 2009
Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   
This review is from: The Treasure Keeper (Hardcover)
I've enjoyed Shana Abé's 'Drákon' series ('The Smoke Thief', 'The Dream Thief' and 'Queen of Dragons') but this fourth novel in the series was slightly disappointing. Not because of the writing style - Abé continues her lyrical, descriptive writing of the life of the Dragons - but because somehow the plot in this story didn't quite work for me.

Zoe Cyprienne Lane is a mere seamstress's daughter and nothing special, even if she did have a close childhood friendship with the Alpha's son Lord Rhys Langford. But life and Rhys have moved on and she's engaged to a good man. However, when he goes missing she decides to travel to Paris to find him. Unknown to all those back home, Zoe does have some drákon skills which may help her to find Hayden, her fiancé.

But Zoe also sees the dead and when Rhys Langford starts haunting her, things get more complicated. Especially as he is able to do strange things in his ghostly form. Together they search for Hayden and yet Zoe's feelings may well be changing. And who is the mysterious trapped dragon, and can he also be rescued?

Although an enjoyable read, I wasn't always too sure of Rhys's morality and behaviour. Zoe was a strong and self-reliant woman, which was appealing, but I didn't feel that I entirely got to know her. This felt more like a transitional book than a full story in its own right and, although resolved properly, I didn't entirely understand whether Zoe would be happy when she returned home.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I didn't like this one, 11 May 2011
This review is from: The Treasure Keeper (Mass Market Paperback)
The first thing I must start off with is this book is not romantic. If you're looking for a sexy romance this is not it. This book was a little hard to follow and I was pretty much bored throughout. The story and the characters never drew me in and I had to force myself to continue reading. I'll be honest, some skipping did happen.

The book starts off with a very long reading of Zoe's diary from childhood to adulthood, which I thought was odd at first, and actually became irritated when it just went on and on, but toward the end I understood and appreciated the journey the author had just taken me on. Unfortunately that was nearly the only thing I appreciated about this book.

Zoe grew up envying all the boys who could turn into dragons. Girls of her race rarely ever gained powers of their own, and if they did they were forced to wed the upper class and breed. Throughout the diary we find that Zoe realizes she not only has a gift but she must hide it or else she will be forced to wed Rhys, the clan leaders son. Zoe thus develops a relationship with another male who is very regal and never shows or expresses love for her--or even kisses her. But she convinces her self that she'll be happy with him because *puke* she wants to be able to chose her own husband.

When her soon-to-be husband disappears while on a mission for their clan Zoe defies her people and leaves the safety of her home to save him. Of course she has no knowledge of the outside world and has to learn as she goes. Zoe has no idea where or how to find her man so she just wonders around for a bit until she runs into Rhys who was also sent to find her soon-to-be husband.

What I mostly don't like about the whole thing is that Zoe resents Rhys, and only gives into him because it's expected of her by their dragon society (and the fact that her soon-to-be husband conveniently dies). Rhys maintains that he's loved Zoe from the start but Zoe never reciprocates the feelings...ever.

Since childhood Rhys has been in love with Zoe and when he discovers her powers he attempts wooing her but she never really gets wooed. Oh, she has sex with Rhys but there's no emotion in the act and I kind of felt that Zoe was physically unable to feel emotion in any way. I mostly felt sorry for Rhys.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Treasure Keeper
The Treasure Keeper by Shana Abe (Mass Market Paperback - 27 April 2010)
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews