Book Review: Patricia Briggs’ Steal the Dragon

Posted February 4, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Patricia Briggs’ Steal the Dragon

Steal the Dragon


Patricia Briggs

fantasy that was published by Ace Books on November 1, 1995 and has 288 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include When Demons Walk, Home Improvement: Undead Edition, Fair Game, Frost Burned, Night Broken, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat, Bone Crossed, Silver Borne, River Marked, Hunting Ground, Iron Kissed, Cry Wolf, Fire Touched, Silence Fallen

Second in the fantasy series, Sianim.

My Take

I very much enjoyed reading the story but Steal the Dragon leaves the question of the alliance wide open. Nor is there any hint of if the slavery question is dealt with.

Briggs creates a believable setting and a great cast of characters; I just wish there was more continuity among this set of stories.

The Story

A horse trainer who escaped now agrees to return when she learns a Darran lord wants to end slavery.

And, naturally, everything goes awry with potentially disastrous consequences.

The Characters

Rialla is a horse trainer in Sianim. Laeth is a mercenary friend who is brother to the Darran lord.

Darran is…
…the country that ambushed Rialla’s clan and sold them into slavery. A Darran lord wants to end the slavery.

Sianim is…
…a mercenary nation concerned about Cybelle’s intentions. The Spymaster of Sianim sends Rialla on a mission to help Laeth’s brother.

Cybelle is…
…a country conquering other countries right and left, and where the Voice of Altis is the current ruler.

Reth may be…
…interested in an alliance but only if its king must marry the Darran king’s sister.