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Steal the Dragon [Format Kindle]

Patricia Briggs
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega novels...

Slave. Swordwielder. Spy. Some girls have all the luck...
When Rialla was young, slave traders from Darran amburshed her clan, killing all the men and enslaving the women and children. For years, Rialla lived in bondage, until she escaped and fled to the mercenary nation of Sianim.
Now she can strike back at her former masters. A lord in Darran seeks to outlaw slavery--but there are plots to kill him before he can. Rialla is chosen by the Spymaster of Sianim to prevent the murder--and is plunged into a world of deadly magic...
"Plenty of action."--Locus

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A former slave girl gambles with her freedom to return to the land of her bondage--a world of deadly magic and deception.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 393 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 275 pages
  • Editeur : Ace (1 novembre 1995)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B000OCXG5K
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Née en 1965 à Butte dans le Montana, Patricia Briggs est une auteure renommée pour ses personnages pleins de vie et ses dialogues humoristiques. Ayant débutée sa carrière d'écrivain en 1990, l'auteure rédige quelques ouvrages de Fantasy jusqu'à ce que son éditeur lui propose de se lancer dans l'Urban Fantasy. C'est ainsi qu'elle donne naissance à Mercy Thompson, qui reste à ce jour son plus gros succès. (Le troisième tome de la saga s'est même hissé à la première place du Top dressé par le New York Times.) Après avoir vécu dans plusieurs villes du Nord-ouest des Etats-Unis, elle est retournée aujourd'hui dans sa ville natale.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Replonger pour vaincre 10 octobre 2010
Par Guinea Pig VOIX VINE
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Le personnage principal de l'histoire, Rialla, est une jeune femme volontaire, originaire d'un fier pays nomade, qui a été longtemps réduite en esclavage, après le massacre des siens, avant de réussir à s'échapper et à se créer une nouvelle vie, loin de son peuple.

(Remarque : cette histoire se déroule dans le même monde que "Masques", quelques années plus tard. Mais on n'y croise qu'un seul des personnages de ce précédent livre, Ren, le maître des espions - et tout aussi brièvement).

La couverture de mon édition, achetée il y a quelques années, était d'un goût douteux.
Pour celle-ci aucun doute n'est possible : une ode à la vulgarité, qui ne rend vraiment pas hommage à la retenue, la simplicité et l'honnêteté des héroïnes de Patricia Briggs !
Il est vrai que Rialla avait été formée pour devenir une très brillante et voluptueuse danseuse et qu'il faudra qu'elle reprenne son ancien "métier" (elle s'est reconvertie avec bonheur et travaille avec les chevaux) pour remplir la mission qui lui est proposée par le maître des espions, Ren, mais cela ne fait d'elle pas une courtisane, ni une évaporée.

Rialla accepte, à la demande du maître des espions, de repartir en Darran, la province où elle a été retenue en esclavage, sous la fausse identité de l'esclave d'un de ses amis, Laeth, pour tenter de déjouer une nouvelle tentative d'assassinat sur la personne du frère de ce dernier.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 lively and enjoyable 3 août 2005
Par Margaret P. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Steal the Dragon" is the tale of an escaped slave, Rialla, who returns to the land where she was enslaved. As a spy, she hopes through her efforts to support a peace accord that will end slavery. But to effectively spy, Rialla must (at least for awhile) become a slave again.

Briggs takes a slew of nasty topics -- murder, torture, rape, slavery -- yet avoids dropping the reader into despair or depression. This novel is enjoyable, lively and mainly light hearted, despite the weighty topics. The common fantasy/sci-fi flaws are all avoided -- point of view hopping is kept to a minimum, characters behave in a consistent manner, and we aren't hit over the head with an author's message.

"Steal the Dragon" is less polished than Briggs' later works, and lacks that extra spark that makes a 5-star book. Still, I enjoyed it greatly and warmly recommend this book to you. This book pulls you into an interesting alternate world, full of magic and excitement and joy. If you enjoy this book, also consider K. Morrow Pinson's "Forged Without Fire".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A game of chess....... 5 juillet 2003
Par Kalan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I got this book from the library and I'm so glad I found it!
Rialla -being a runaway slave from Darran- is asked to spy on one of Darrans lords and prevent his assassination. She would be disguised as a slave traveling with his mercenary brother, who is also her dearest friend.
Being a slave again will awaken her dormant powers & thrust her into unseen dangers of evil mages, night creatures & strange healers.
Nothing happens as planned and no one is as they seem.

There aren't any dragons in this story, Steal a dragon is a game they play that is similar to chess...A game of strategy & cunning.
A very good fantasy read, strong heroine, full of action, mystery & love.
Read it if you can get your hands on it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fast-paced fantasy with a touch of romance 17 décembre 2006
Par Helen Hancox - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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. The book has a lot of magic in it which sometimes I felt was a little annoying - if there's a problem then someone has the magical ability to deal with it - but the story is very interesting and it's not always clear what's going to happen. The baddies and goodies also have more depth to them than one might expect.

As in "Dragon Blood", Patricia Briggs isn't afraid of giving her characters an awful time and Rialla has to cope with a lot that heroines normally manage to escape by the skin of their teeth. Perhaps that's part of the appeal of this heroine - she is a strong lady who is able to make rational judgements about very difficult issues. Her slow-burn romance with Tris is nicely written.

Overall I enjoyed this book more than "Dragon Bones" and "Dragon Blood" as the story was easier to follow (less politics and less places to try to keep track of). It was an easy read and being a single volume pretty much tied up all the loose ends, bar a few. An enjoyable book for a quiet day.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book got me hook on Briggs 2 août 2001
Par bookaddict01 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I think this is a wonderful book. I have read it over and over so many times I practically got it memorize. I would recommend this book to any fantasy lover.
This book is about a slave girl trained as a dancer. The book takes place after Rialla escaped from her master. She is now a horse trainer at Sianim. She was asked to be a spy and protect a lord of Reth. The lord wanted to abolish slavery in Reth so it was a request she can't deny.
When she got there she recover her magic talent of empathy which helped her a lot especially when it turns out the assasin was a magician. A nonhuman healer helps her when his friend had a vision of her and an end to his non-bonded state.
It's got action and magic and intrigue(not so much as to be boring) and the other good stuff that makes a book wonderful.
You're bound to like it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 In just two pages... 29 avril 2006
Par Dragon Quill - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
It is never hard to tell when you are reading a five star novel. You know about thirty pages in that you have just embarked on one of those literary journeys that will stay with you forever. You know when you are reading a five star book, because in thirty pages you are hopelessly hooked and for all the right reasons...

But with Steal the Dragon, I knew in 2 pages. In 2 pages, I knew I was about to read one of the best books I have ever read in my life, and I was not wrong. I was very, very right.

My first Patricia Briggs novel was Raven's Shadow--yet another five-star book. My second was Raven's Strike, recently released. It was also an excellent book. If there was one of her novels, though, that sealed me in as one of her fans, it was Steal the Dragon.

Steal the Dragon has so much to it. It is fairly short, but it does not read too fast, and nor does it read to slow. The characters are brilliant and not cliched messes.

We have a strong heroine, yes--but she's not that cold super-chick we see so often in fantasy now. No, she seems very human, and her motivations are realistic. The other characters are equally as entertaining and unique.

While Steal the Dragon was not Briggs' best written novel, I am willing to cut that slack. After all, this was published several years before Raven's Shadow and Raven's Strike. I would expect the later two to be better written. It is only natural, after all, for them to be better.

The story of Steal the Dragon, though, is in many ways more entrancing than both of the Raven books. It is one of those books that you cannot help thinking about, wondering what is going to happen next and when it will happen.

The only problem I have with this novel is the ending. I thought it a little rushed, and I've noticed that trend with Briggs. Her endings are normally a bit rushed...

I do not give five stars lightly to any book, but for Steal the Dragon there is no excuse not to. Where it might take me 30 pages to know that I'm reading something great, in two pages--maybe less- I knew that this was going to be more than great. I knew that it was going to be fantastic. Maybe I was wrong, though.

It wasn't only fantastic, it was purely amazing.
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