Steal the Dragon

Steal the Dragon

by Patricia Briggs


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 ambushed 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…

Last week I decided to reread some of my favorite fantasy novels, and I have a story to share about Steal the Dragon. I first found the novel perusing the fantasy shelves during a family trip to Hastings (if you’ve never heard of Hastings…google it! they are in Texas and were epic!) This was the version I picked up.


I think I was a freshman in highschool and who knows how many times I read it during those four years. About ten years later, my copy of the book was gone and I couldn’t remember the title or the author. But I needed to read it and I remembered the cover art. All I can say is thank goodness for Google! I have my own copy once again!

I’m not going to provide a summary because the book synopsis covers everything. I LOVE STEAL THE DRAGON! I continue to reread it, and somehow, it’s as if I am reading it for the first time each time! I love how Rialla stubbornly makes herself overcome the torment of her past.  And she is one kick butt heroine! I enjoy how kind and funny Tris is, and how he is the only one who is forward and open with Ria. And their relationship? Still one of my favorites after all this time because it is a solid relationship between two strong characters. The magic system is different but reads organically. And I enjoy how the plot unfolds.  

Technically, Steal the Dragon is the second book in Briggs’ Sianim series, but I prefer to read it as a stand alone. Because, my main complaint is that the rest of the books in this series are not near as good as this one! I also have to note that certain large story points, such as the end of slavery and the prophet, are left open at the end of the story. This doesn’t bother me because the story is actually about Ria’s journey, but many other reviewers have mentioned it. 

This review is short and to the point because I am having a hard time not fangirling over here. Seriously, I could gush about Steal the Dragon for hours! of course I recommend it! Anyone else a Patricia Briggs fan? Have you read Steal the Dragon?


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