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review 2020-06-04 16:37
Audiobook Review: Steal the Dragon (Sianim #2) by Patricia Briggs (Narrator: Jennifer James Bradshaw)
Steal the Dragon - Patricia Briggs

 Steal the Dragon
 Sianim #2
 Patricia Briggs (Narrator: Jennifer James Bradshaw)
 Epic Fantasy
 Penguin Audio
 December 6, 2011
 Audiobook
 9 hours and 28 minutes
 Bought

 

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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Steal the Dragon is book two in the Sianim series by Patricia Briggs and narrated by Jennifer James Bradshaw. This one is very intense, deep, and exciting. It’s filled with wizards, mages, and spies. 

 

I want to get out of the way; dragon. The dragon in the title is miss leading. Their is one appearance in a dream of a dragon, but there are no dragons in this book. 

 

Now, I loved book one and four in this series. Both those books focus on Aralorn who is an interesting character, but in Steal the Dragon we get different characters in the same world just a different part of the world. The only common thing is the mercenary guild. 

 

This novel reads as a stand-alone. You don’t have to read in order as you can see I read books one and then jumped to four and then came back for two. 

 

Rialla is a former dancer/slave who is asked to return to the land of her slavery on an important mission for the Spymaster of the mercenary guild. She does this, but it’s not easy for her. Has she really left slavery behind her, even though she’s found her way to the mercenary guild and a new life. I felt for our lead and what she’s trying to do and all that she had to go through to complete the mission/goal. 

 

Things don’t go as planed and Laeth her slaver spy partner is accused of murder. She ends up finding help in an unexpected place. Tris our healer is more then he seams. He’s not quite human. He helps Rialla and Laeth. With Laeth on his way back to the mercenary guild with part of the information, Tris and Rialla stay behind to find the real killer, which puts her in her former owner’s clutches again.

 

There is slavery and all that that entails. It was hard to listen to the scenes of abuse and rape. Rillalla’s internal conflict is intense and well done. Tris was a nice love interest, tho the focus is the mission with love blooming slowly. I like that they solve their issues with brain power rather then muscle power and even at times running away.

 

Steal the Dragon is a sneaky chess game with skill and strategy. The storytelling is vivid and outstanding. 

 

Narration: Jennifer James Bradshaw does a wonderful job! I’m glad I listened. It made the story move along and brought out the hardships and issues these characters face. I like how vivid the different voices are for everyone and it felt like the story was coming off the pages. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

 

 

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text 2017-03-06 19:06
Planning to read via library ebook loan ...
Perfect Shadow - Brent Weeks
When Demons Walk (Sianim Book 4) - Patricia Briggs
Steal the Dragon - Patricia Briggs
Arrows of the Sun - Judith Tarr
Firebrand - Kristen Britain
The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3) - Erika Johansen
The Trouble with Kings - Sherwood Smith
Half a King - Joe Abercrombie
Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey
It's Raining Men - Jennifer Stevenson

These I put on hold from those newly added to my public library's overdrive ebook loans.

 

I already read the Succubus Blue's (Georgina Kincaid) series from Richelle Meade so didn't hold -- but that's been recently added as well.  Plus more Nalini Singh ebooks (my library had mostly audiobooks of hers).  First three Cassandra Palmer series by Karen Chance now showing in ebook rather than just audiobooks also.  Not my thing, but a lot of Battletech books showed up as well.

 

I did put in a librarian request adding missing covers if any are still showing on this post. 

 

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text 2016-01-06 11:15
Top 10 Books of 2015!!
Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews
Steal the Dragon - Patricia Briggs
I Hunt Killers - Barry Lyga
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Black and White - Caitlin Kittredge,Jackie Kessler
Dead of Winter - Kresley Cole
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop
Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop
Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel - Jessica Knoll
Naked in Death - J.D. Robb

My choices are based on a mix, what had the biggest impact on me and which ones i had the fondest memories of. The outcome really not all that surprising.

In order of how when I read them.

 

Burn for me

Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews
★★★★★

 

As a general rule anything IA writes i gobble up, i just think the husband and wife duo are absolutely brilliant. Burn for Me was an exciting start to the Hidden Legacy series , with interesting and lovable characters, a fascinating world filled with new rules and politics and fantastic (slightly horrific) powers!! IA always has such a vivid and incredible imagination. I'm just so glad they can write all those thoughts down on paper for us to enjoy as well!!
Also don't you just love how horrid their covers always seem to be? adds character. haha.

 

 

steal the dragon

Steal the Dragon by Patricia Briggs

★★★★

 

I absolutely adore PB earlier stuff. I know she claims it to be inferior work, but really I thought her original books were truly fantastic, in fact I'm sad she never finished the series. Steal The Dragon is actually the second book in the series, at the time (around the beginning of the year) i was binge reading everything written by PB i could get my hands on, unfortunately this was the only one i seem to have read in 2015. It easily made my top 10.
Great characters, which PB is known for.

 

 

i hunt killers

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

★★★★★

 

Who doesn't love a book about serial killers? what about a book from the POV of a serial killers sun, one who struggles with urges. Is he just like dear old pops? an inhuman monster? Only one way to find out, trust me this baby is totally worth the read. Personally i find the whole nature Vs nurture theory absolutely fascinating, yea i'm glad they stopped the experiments cause they were insane but boy is it an interesting topic. This book does a great job of theorizing about it.

 

 

Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
★★★★★

 

I was carrying this sweet heart around for about a week, the people i spoke with because of this book!! Everyone was so shocked I hadn't read this book earlier, and I have to say I agree, this book is incredible. Sebold did a tremendous job writing a heart breaking story about a young girl murder, her journey to get over her early ending, and her new life in heaven!! The writing, pace and characters were all brilliantly done. Heaven was so unique, i doubt I'll ever forget it.

 

 

Black and White

Black and White by Jackie Kessler

★★★★

 

This was such a different book compared to anything i had ever read before. It read like a comic, or perhaps a tv show without the actual pictures. We had these fantastic characters, once best friends now hated enemies. throughout this book we discover who they were and how they became to be. Jackie did a fantastic job of seamlessly joining 'then' and 'now' to make fun and enjoyable story about super heroes Vs villains, and not always knowing who the bad guy actually is.

 

 

Dead of winter

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

★★★★

 

This whole series has just been wonderful. Cole really knows how to put the scary into a dystopian world. I'm one of those believers just because a book is YA doesn't mean the author should slack out and be lazy, that kids won't know better the short cuts they made, etc. Cole never does that. She writes a fantastic caste of characters, in a horrific and terrible world but keeps that shit PG so younger readers can enjoy. Really the women is brilliant, also evil. That ending!! UGH WHY!?!

 

 

Murder of crowsvision in silver

Murder of Crows & Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

★★★★ + ★★★★★

 

Truth be told, Murder of Crows wasn't one of my favorites. Compared to other authors and books Anne did an excellent job, but if we're going to hold up this one book compared to the other two in the series it was a little weak, but as a whole the series is so mind blowing good I decided to lump them all in together. cheating? maybe but its my list, so meh *sticks tongue out*
THIS SERIES IS FUCKING FABULOUS. thats all I have to say.

 

 

luckiest girl alive

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

★★★★

 

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship going on with this book. Love because it was so well done, Knoll had me on, i couldn't believe this was fiction. Sure i thought she was one seriously messed up girl, but so bloody believable!! it was insane, i felt insane! haha

Hate because Knoll also introduced me to a whole new genre. I already have over 2000+ books on my TBR list, i don't bloody well need more!! But what can I say I'm a sucker. To the Library for more realistic fiction!!

 

 

naked in death

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

★★★★

 

People had been mentioning this series to me for forever. I was like crime, pfft i read that shit before, boring!! the MC is always so drone-like, but i fell into pressure and tried it anyways and boy was i surprised!! why no one had ever told me it was futuristic is beyond me! i just adored that feature of this world, and quickly read the next four books... until i made myself queasy with all those grisly murder scenes. Me the binge watcher of Bones, Criminal Minds and Supernatural!?! who knew i could even get sick from a fictional murder scene these days, apparently i can. Still i have fond memories of this book almost a year later (it should be at the beginning of my list) and have plans to read the rest (in short bursts, lol) only issue i had with this book was the quickness of the relationship.

 

 

So yea thats my list. Looking forward to a new year, new books and expectations. Though I'm seriously not off to a good start. I'm hoping this means my later books will be beyond orgasmic good. can't help to hope right? ;)

 

Any opinions on books i should try this year based on my list? let me know, I'm all ears.

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review 2015-01-11 14:50
Some major Briggs love going on here......
Steal the Dragon - Patricia Briggs

What a wonderful book. It also took me zero time to smash through it, and those few hours were such a pleasure, i wish it had lasted longer!

I always knew Patricia Briggs was an amazing and gifted writer, but it still surprises and pleases me how i adore absolutely everything she seems to write. I only know of two or three other authors who can inspire the same reaction, it a kind of incredible feeling.

It was fascinating seeing the same world and people from different perspectives to Aralorn and Wolf. I'm also under the impression that Steal the Dragon is set about 10 years after Masques (though i could be wrong) this makes me a little sad thinking about all the mischief they're gotten up too without me. I wonder where they are now?

Anyways back onto this book. We got to see from more than just two perspectives in Steal the Dragon, but our two main characters were Rialla and Tris. Of course this being a Patricia Briggs novel the characters were absolutely amazing and 100% lovable. They all had incredible depth, with realistic flaws and strengths. Briggs character's never cause me to rage, I love them just as they are.

Watching Rialla try and over come her years as a slave was incredibly sad but uplifting to watch. She had made such progress before going back to being a slave again for the hope of abolishing slavery. such a brave thing for her to do. during her performance as slave/spy she somehow manages to make even more progress defining herself as someone other than a slave. It was a beautiful thing to watch, somewhere she wouldn't of gotten without Tris.

Sorry if this is a bit vague but Steal the Dragon is a story you need to read on your own, i just can't do it justice with my own words.

Patricia Briggs has a way with words, she can turn simple paper and words into full fleshed friends and a world we can almost feel we have experienced for ourselves. seriously if you haven't read her work yet you need to.

I think I'll stop my possible incoherent ramblings here and let you guys decide for yourselves.

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review 2011-10-01 00:00
Steal the Dragon - Patricia Briggs It was decent fantasy fare, but nothing that stood out for me to distinguish it.
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