Shadow's Claim, by New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole, introduces The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, a new paranormal romance series following the royal bloodline of Dacia, a vampire kingdom hidden within the Lore of the Immortals After Dark. It's from the world we've come to love, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment!
Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan, a ruthless master assassin who will do anything to possess Bettina, his beautiful sorceress mate, even compete for her hand in a blood-sport tournament— to the death.
HE WON’T BE DENIED
Trehan Daciano, known as the Prince of Shadows, has spent his life serving his people—striking in the night, quietly executing any threat to their realm. The coldly disciplined swordsman has never desired anything for himself—until he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore’s most fearsome villains.
SHE’S BOUND TO ANOTHER
Desperate to earn her guardians’ approval after a life-shattering mistake, young Bettina has no choice but to marry whichever suitor prevails—even though she’s lost her heart to another. Yet one lethal competitor, a mysterious cloaked swordsman, invades her dreams, tempting her with forbidden pleasure.
A BATTLE FOR HER BODY AND SOUL
Even if Trehan can survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife, the true battle for Bettina’s heart is yet to come. And unleashing a millennium’s worth of savage need will either frighten his Bride away—or stoke Bettina’s own desires to a fever pitch. . . .
I've not, to date, read one book from Cole that was average. Ever. This woman knows how to bring the heat, passion, and adventure like no other! These stories contain some of the most vivid worlds I've ever had the privilege of reading. I'm not just a fan, I am a willing and loyal slave to the words she lays down on the pages!
Shadow's Claim gets going from the first page and continues to build as they story glides along. Bettina is the reluctant Princess of a brutal realm. Wanting nothing more then to be an artist and lead a normal life, Bettina's faced with some seriously tough decisions. Her past has shaped who she's become and the scars that have left her with some personal demons to face. I liked Bettina's character a lot, but I will nit pick though and say that I wish the gal would have shown a little more cojones from the start. Fortunately she gets much better as the story progresses.
Enter the man, the myth, and the legend himself: Prince Trehan! Oh mama jama did this tall, dark, and brooding male vampire grab at my heart strings and keep on pulling! He's the total alpha, but with so much love and heart. Stuck in a rut for decades, the vamp is finally coming to see the world around him and find out what love and happiness is all about. His skills on the battlefield left me breathless and wanting to snatch him away from the ungrateful little Princess! I'd take those leftovers any day of the week!
Shadow's Claim is most definitely a fantastic start to a spin off series, with some of the characters we love from IAD (Immortals After Dark), but one both old and new fans can sink their fangs into. Introducing more colorful characters and keeping things lively and fresh. With action and adventure boiling over and all set to the pace of a medieval blood bath you can't help but fall for this one.
If you love a well written, character driven story with blood guts and romance then look no further!
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