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The Treasure Keeper by Shana Abé

The Treasure Keeper

by Shana Abé

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  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
oh meh. Steamy and fun, but really poor writing. The plot is fuzzy and confused, and the leading man spends most of his time as insubstantial ghost. Queen of the Dragons had better characters, but a worse plot. The first two books in the series were marginally better. ( )
  flemmily | Jan 26, 2010 |
Too bad it wasn't a better book. My friend loaned me this one because we have been reading the series together. Ms Abe should have stopped at three. Not that it doesn't have its good points because the author is really gifted at setting a mood and creating an atmospheric other world, but it just can't match the other books. IMHO her books have been uneven in quality....and she plans on writing another. ( )
  Kirconnell | Jul 11, 2009 |
The Treasurer Keeper is the fourth book in the Drakon series. The drakon are surrounded by an enemy almost as strong as they are. The sanf inimicus have sworn to slay the drakon and they have captured young Lord Rhys Langford. In a similar time, James Hayden, suitor of Zoe Cyprienne Lane sets out to see what can be learned. When he ceases communication with Zoe, she follows the trail to Paris. It was always thought that Zoe had not been born with any of the gifts of the drakon, such as the ability to turn to smoke or drakon. But she has kept secret her ability to become invisible and to feel the emotions and thoughts of others. During her search for James, a strong mind link is forged between her and the missing Lord Ryhs. The story readily describes the sights, sounds and smells of Paris in the late 1700s. The developing romance between Zoe and Rhys is at times humorous and at others sensuous. But it does lack some of the color, beauty and magic of The Smoke Thief, the first in the series. ( )
  punxsygal | Jun 29, 2009 |
Zoe Cyprienne Lane is a simple daughter of a seamstress in hidden Darkfrith, in 18th. century England, the home of the magical Drakon. The Drakon look like ordinary humans but the males can turn invisible and take dragon form and some of the women can turn to dragons or have other powers. Zoe discovers she has some powers which would cause her to be married off to a member of the ruling family, something she objects to. Instead she keeps her powers hidden and eventually becomes engaged to Hayden. When Hayden disappears on a mission to the Continent, Zoe breaks with all the rules of the English Drakon and runs away to try and find him.

The book opens with the first chapter in diary form, written by a young Zoe. Young Lord Rhys is obviously infatuated with her, but young Zoe rebuffs him. The second chapter onward is in more typical third-person form. A big problem is that Zoe is not all that sympathetic. Sure, she's flaunting tradition and is gutsy about going off on her own, but it's not easy to fathom her motivations. For one thing--why was she so intent on keeping Rhys at a distance? Why was she engaged to Hayden, who seemed as cool to her as she was to seemingly everyone else? Why is she so intent on breaking Drakon law and going into danger to find Hayden when she never seemed to be that in love with him (until he disappears, anyway)? The good thing about her is that in her coolness, she seems totally unafraid and amazingly competent out in the real world, despite having lived a very sheltered life. (This was somewhat unbelieveable, but still kind of neat.)

The good thing is that once Zoe is out in the world she bumps into Rhys's ghost. Rhys was always in love with Zoe, even though he definitely played the field as young and relatively indulged lordling (he was taken during an attack on Darkfrith and was thought to be a captive or killed). His personality was always lively and fun and remained so even as a ghost. He hangs about Zoe, helping her whether she wants it or not. It is this part of the book that is the most fun, and there is an interesting sweet pathos to him being in his unsubstantial form, still longing for his childhood sweetheart.

While the plot of this paranormal romance/romantic fantasy is somewhat thin and most of the secondary characters remain mere sketches, there was still something here that appealed enough for me to want more. ( )
  aprillee | May 20, 2009 |
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The survival of the drákon rests in the hands of Zoe Cyprienne Lane, a seamstress's daughter, whose untried and unexpected power may be the key to infiltrating the sanf inimicus and saving the life of Lord Rhys Langford.

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