Where to start. . . I had high expectations for this author, based on reviews etc. I purchased this title and the first book in the Immortals after dark series (A Hunger Like No Other). Both books featured the most cowardly, weak women in all of creation. No, not weak, completely craven. They are surrounded by other women who are supposed to love them, but treat them like shit; calling them wonderful names like "freakling". To make them seem even more hideously ineffectual, the narrator's reads them in that high fake falsetto that all men use to mock women. While they are both downtrodden losers, they are also incredibly selfish. Expecting the men to move heaven and earth for them while spurning them.
A Hunger Like No Other, was insanely boring and the growling, savage Scottish accent was overdone and unattractive. The girl, ridiculous and insipid.
I lasted a bit longer with Shadows Claim, but I couldn't finish it either. Almost the whole time, the stupid girl is chasing a man who doesn't want her and is renowned for his whoring. And just when all seemed to be coming together, the author throws in a unnecessary plot twist that does nothing but up the angst quotient (which was already sky high).
I am disgusted because I expected a paranormal romance. Instead, I got a good old fashion bodice ripper with supernatural window dressing. God save me from damsels in distress. Give me a Rachel Morgan or an Anita Blake (before the were-tiger nonsense) any day. I know there has to be room for character growth, but there is only soooooo much hand wringing a girl can take. I don't know if 2 books are enough rule out this author all together, but I will not be wasting valuable listening time with her dreadful rubbish ever again.
Really 4.5 stars. I liked this book, but I think the tournament scenes went on a little too long. Would have liked a few more romance scenes instead of all the blood, gore & killing. But I like the start of this new series. I like the Dacians. I look forward to learning more about the rest of the cousins and how Elizabeth continues to tame Lothaire. I hope we hear more about Bett & Trehan in future books. This book didn't really explore them as a couple very much. I hope Salem is in future books, he's a hoot! Great narration!
I am so hooked on all these IAD books! Each one intrigues me and keeps me wanting more. I'm thrilled that the Dacians have a spin off, as I found them very interesting while listening to Lothaire. Judging from their introduction in Lothaire, and Trehan's (lead male character) story, I think the Dacians series will be an exciting and intense auditory ride for sure. This book had all the variables I needed to make up an excellent listen---swoon worthy male, action, lusty romance interludes, humor and just a little bit of crazy! I am an instant fan and can't wait until there's a book 2. Highly recommended!
Absolutely. Robert's voice and acting ability brought the characters to life!
It cannot compare.
All of the battle scenes. I also enjoyed the final scene between Trehan and Bettina where he is begging her to love him back. Spectacular!
A Prince without a Kingdom Battles to Win the Queen who Rules His Heart.
LOVE the audio version of this book. I look forward to hearing Mr. Petkoff take on Lothaire and MacReave!
I'm not sure why Ms. Cole decided to branch out and do this Dacians series but it doesn't matter. It's the same world as the Immortals series, and it's still Robert Petkoff, so this buy was a no-brainer. This book is for anyone who wants some seriously hot paranormal sex with a garnish of intrigue and adventure. And if you haven't listened to the Immortals series yet, I don't think you need to read them first. But if this book does for you what it did for me....be grateful these books are only $10 a pop.
I am in love with pararomance and am always trying to find new series with a great story and sizzling hot spots!
Way up there. this is one of my favorites.
Dark Desires After Dusk is my other favorite so far. I love the story and it's very fast paced with action and lots of steamy parts of course! I feel the same about Shadow's Claim.
I have listened to all of Kresley Cole's books excepts The Warlord Wants Forever. I LOVE HIM.
When Terhan finally realizes that Bettina did not poison him...
Love love love, really...
Believer in what you can't see
It is average. The story is a general theme with Cole's storyline, but the narrator brings each character to life and creates a better world in my mind. I also have the book, but the story wasn't as powerful without the audio.
I would have made Bettina realize early on that her power came from within and that her heart power was only the frosting. I would have made her more present like the other Soceri.
He keeps getting better and better and his female characters are just wonderful now.
No, some of the scenes were a little annoying especially the one where the contenders were killed just because Bettina didn't like her gift and she had no way of stopping the killings.
I like the series, but the beginning of the series I like much better. I love Nix.
Great New Series
The Immortals After Dark books
As always, Robert Petkoff does a great job
Say something about yourself!
Probably top 5. And that is saying a lot.
Trehan, come on really? Do I have to say why??
Audiobooks are relaxing and 'food for the soul'.
The action, intrigue, and romance all wrapped into one.
l loved the entire story. I especially liked Salem's character.
This is my first Robert Petkoff performance. I think he did an outstanding job with all the unique voices of all of the characters...and there were many.
"A Mate's Love"
This is my first Kresley Cole book. I am definitely a new fan. I can't wait to listen to more.