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Shadow's Claim: Immortals After Dark: The Dacians


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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, November 26, 2012 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Enter a world familiar to fans of Immortals After Dark and Kresley Cole's seductive, enthralling approach to the paranormal. Shadow's Claim ventures into the swampy demonic plane of Abbadon and the hidden vampire kingdom of blood and mist - Dacia. With its lovable characters that hail from the darkest realms, Kresley's latest paranormal romance is surely one to keep readers' attention till the last page is read!

Shadow's Claim opens with intensity as readers are introduced to Princess Bettina in her most vulnerable moment. The pain of her brutal attack, made by Sorceri enemies called Vrekeners, is only the tip of the emotional range readers will experience throughout Bettina and Trehan's story. Bettina is half demon, half sorceress and the only heir to the kingdom of the Deathly Ones. Though she doesn't believe she'll ever truly belong, she agrees to become Queen following a tournament to the death that will decide who will be her husband, and King. The Prince of Shadows, Trehan Daciano, lives a life of routine: unemotional, non-breathing, deadly routine. As the sword of his kingdom, Trehan makes sanctioned kills to enforce the law. His latest assignment leads him to Abbadon and straight into the arms of his one, and only, Bride.

Trehan and Bettina are a surprising couple that will not only shoot passion through your veins, but will also tenderly touch your heart. I first made judgement on Trehan based on the novel's summary, zoning in on 'ruthless master assassin' and 'savage need'. I expected him to be a raving, mindless lunatic with a very possessive nature. While Trehan does exhibit possessive tendencies when it comes to his Bride, he totally disproved my initial theories. For a vampire with a dark reputation, Trehan was thoughtful, reliable and the utmost gentleman; his tempting and truthful characterization impressed more than just Bett! Kresley has most amazing ability to build a strong, confident hero while keeping him a little off-balance and not so perfect. Trehan exhibits doubt, but he's still the hero of every woman's dream. Bettina's story is easily relatable, even when it come to matters not related to her heart. The fear that embedded into her mind since her attack and loss of power hinders her movements. Through the course of the novel Kresley not only realistically empowers the young royal, but also provides a message to real young woman who may struggle through a dark period of their own.

Pulling myself away from how compatible Trehan and Bettina are, with each other and with readers, a note must be made of Shadow's Claim's unique setting. I appreciate the mix of the modern and archaic worlds. Bettina's passion for arts led her to the modern mortal world for college while back home on Abbadon, and other realms, life moves slowly through old-fashioned speech and traditions. At times I had to remind myself that the story isn't a historical fiction because of some character's dialogue, but I liked the jolt from a modern reference that reminded me of the story's actual time.

Just at the moment I was looking for this quality of fate, action and romance Shadow's Claim fell into my hands! This paranormal romance is engrossing and unexpected; Kresley manages to pull laughs and tears from where I didn't expect to find any. If there were any way to introduce The Dacians, Trehan and Bettina's story is most definitely the way!
*Copy of book provided via author in exchange for an honest review*
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literaladdiction, November 26, 2012 (view all comments by literaladdiction)
Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha Michelle L. Olson:
*ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Shadow’s Claim was an amazing blend of the best of the IAD series, included some of my favorites of the Lore, and overlaps beautifully with the timeline of the latest release, Lothaire.

Unlike other ‘spin-off’ series that I’ve read recently, wherein the plot of the debut book picks up where the last book of the previous series left off, Shadow’s Claim takes a subset of characters and actually happens in parallel with the events of Lothaire. This was made even more enjoyable when the timelines mesh at the end of the book.

Our hero and heroine: Trehan and Bettina are phenomenal together and easily worked their way into my top 3 IAD power couples. Their journey is intense, riddled with emotion, sexy as sin, and full of surprises and I loved how it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that things were going to work out and give us that “Happily Ever After” that we expect from Paranormal Romances. I actually wondered if Kresley might make us wait for DACIANS #2 to find out what would happen.

The world: The world of THE DACIANS was magical and complex, and Shadow’s Claim was made even more intricate by the fact that it took place in several different locales. Kresley painted the set beautifully with her descriptive prose, impeccable timing, and enthralling character interaction.

Overall story: The book was chock full of danger, intrigue, action, and romance, and the plot had multiple twists and turns, which made things quite unpredictable and fabulously entertaining.

Some of my favorite things:
1)The depth of Trehan! It was mystifying. He may have become one of my favorite PNR heroes... On one hand he’s a ruthless, detached assassin, but he’s also a somewhat vulnerable, bookish introvert. He shows indications of being a closet romantic, an art aficionado, and a loyal family man and somehow manages to perfectly balance being an uber alpha male with having a surprising and wonderful soft side.

2)The fact that Bettina’s entire future hinged on the outcome of a gladiator style tournament was unique and made for high anxiety reading. It also paved the way for some very interesting little turns that Kresley introduced, as well as some wonderful dialogue.

3)The supporting characters were solid and necessary to the story. I found myself finding favorites among them outside of our leading couple and hoping that we find out even more in future releases. In addition, we get cameos from some great IAD veterans and more storyline on a couple that were only briefly mentioned before, therefore making me yearn for even more, because there is just so much potential with these characters in play.

All in all, LITERAL ADDICTION gives Shadow’s Claim 5 Skulls and would recommend it to ALL Kresley Cole IMMORTALS AFTER DARK fans.

While I don’t think it’s 100% necessary to read the entire IAD series before reading Shadow’s Claim, I do feel that having done so made Shadow’s Claim more enjoyable. Reading Lothaire before Shadow’s Claim was a definite plus. With that said, IMMORTALS AFTER DARK is an incredible series and should be devoured by paranormal romance lovers far and wide, so take the plunge and get lost in the Lore. You won’t be disappointed! :)
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Cole, Kresley
Pocket Books
Literature-A to Z
Romance - General
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Immortals After Dark
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Product details 496 pages Pocket Books - English 9781451650051 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , #1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole introduces The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, a brand new paranormal romance collection following the royal bloodline of Dacia, a mysterious vampire kingdom within The Lore (Cole’s world of mythological creatures in her award-winning Immortals After Dark series).

Series opener Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan Daciano, a ruthless master assassin who will use every lethal skill he possesses to defend his imperiled kingdom—as well as his newfound princess. When an ancient secret threatens to destroy them all, can Dacia’s notorious prince of shadows keep his Bride alive against all odds?

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