I know Shana Abe's The Smoke Thief has been out for over a year, but I just got to it on my TBR pile. Wow - I wish I'd read this sooner. I wish it had been twice as long. I wish the sequel, The Dream Thief, was already out. Delicious, wonderful, captivating, rich, elegant, imaginative. A must read for writers and readers.
Her writing is beautiful, lyrical, poetic...almost dream-like (much like the beautiful covers). These books are historical romances with a delicious paranormal element, so if you read historical or paranormal, I think you'd love them.
The Dream Thief comes out Sept. 26th, 2006. I've already pre-ordered it from Amazon and there aren't many hardbacks I can say that about.
Nicely played, Ms. Abe...nicely played.