BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Shana Abé's The Time Weaver.
She is a young drákon of untried powers. He is the powerful second son of the Alpha male from their clan of shapeshifting, supersensual beings. And what she is about to attempt will violate every taboo and break every law that bind the drákon together—and just may save them from destruction.
A mere seamstress’s daughter, Zoe Cyprienne Lane isn’t even in the same league as Lord Rhys Langford. Nothing could be more shocking than the notion that she’d set out to find her childhood friend and first true love. But when news arrives in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania that Rhys is being held captive, that’s just what she does. Guided by her own hidden Gifts and her psychic link to Rhys—his presence and touch as electric as if he were beside her in the flesh—Zoe is his last lifeline to a world and a passion he thought he’d never regain. Only reunited, hunter and huntress, can they save the drákon from those who would destroy them all.
This fantasy of manners, set in the world of 2007 s The Dream Thief, wears a layer of Regency romance like a corset that doesn t quite fit. The love triangle builds quickly between three dr kon, magic-users hiding in plain sight in 1766 England: Zoe, who hides her gifts to keep other dr kon from using her as a pawn; Hayden, her fianc , sent to investigate a rumored group of European magicians; and Lord Rhys, Zoe s childhood sweetheart turned insufferable womanizer. When Hayden s letters cease and Rhys is captured, Zoe sets off to the rescue. Since dr kon are essentially monogamous and classless, the charming upper-class rake motif falls flat, but having the heroine unapologetically save the hero is a welcome move, and Ab neatly evokes the adolescent frustration of fending off overcautious elders and feeling distant from one s society.