Number-one New York Times best seller 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).
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?
©2012 Kresley Cole (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
Now this was a book worth the wait, Kresley Cole usually gets it right and did a wonderful job with this character. Trehan is now my second favorite vampire (Lothaire still rules) but lets keep in mind him and Lothaire are cousins. Trehan is a complex, thinking vampire with a lot on his plate and a bride to court and win. Good action in this book and a host of funny characters. Wished there was a part 2 to just this story. And our narrator Robert Petkoff is just mandatory to carry on this new series.
Always enjoy hearing Robert Petkoff read.
He always adds excellent voices and accents to his readings.
You wont be disappointed....Kresley wrote another great story! I cant wait for next book. Lots of action & great story!
SEXY, POSSESIVE, INTENSE
NO REST FOR THE WICKED!! MY FAVORITE OUT THE SERIES, SEBASTION UMMMM AND NOW TREHANN UMMMM
MY NEW BOOK BOYFRIEND TRIO IN ORDER....... SEBASTION, TREHANN, AND BOWEN!!!!
I read/listen to a LOT of paranormal romances. So much so, that sometimes they all start to sound alike, blur together and lack... something. Romances in general seem to have gotten so "formula" lately, full of eye-rolling moments and predictable stupid/silly, contrived conflict... But when it's good, it's really good, so I keep reading mediocre to find the "gems."
For me, the Immortals After Dark series is a standout. And probably one of the reasons I keep reading the genre. I'm never disappointed with a Kresley Cole book!
Take this one... It's not only deliciously sexy, but it has an exciting and nail-biting story. And the characters... I not only didn't want to scream at the heroine for being an idiot (well may-be once, but not like most stories I read) but I found the characters interesting, and sympathetic.
The narrator -- Robert Petkoff, who reads all the books in the series so far -- was an acquired taste for me. I didn't know what to think of him initially. I loved his male voices, but hated his female ones... But he's VERY talented at accents and his dramatic reading grew on me. His male voices are incredibly masculine and sexy, which is a huge attraction. But a very male voice trying to sound feminine... *cringe* It's a testament to the story and to the otherwise excellent narration that my annoyance can be mostly forgotten. After an hour or two, when I'm into the story, I hardly notice that the female characters all sound like drag queens. I wonder how much better it would be with a woman narrator reading the female parts.
FYI - I gave this story 4 stars (4.5 to be more exact), which means above average to me. I like to reserve 5 stars for books I think are epic and extra special. (Like Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.) I give most of the books in my library 3 stars. Enjoyable, but forgettable. The 2 star books have moments, but very few of them, and the 1 star books are downright irritating.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
From beginning to end it's a great paranormal listen. I've had it on my wish list for awhile but kept passing it by. I'm glad I finally got it. I enjoy KC's books and this is another fine example of why I keep getting her books. This is a very creditworthy book for the paranormal fans.
Everyone seems to have loved this audio book. Oh, so call me a hater. Robert Petkoff who in the past, I've enjoyed, is beginning to sound like Dracula on steroids. All of his vampire characters sound the same: breathless, frustrated and "growling". I absolutely could not stand this book and tried my best to get through it but could not finish it. The woman character's voice sounded shaky and weak. The plot could have been interesting but instead the story became very cliche and I almost began to feel embarassment for the story's heroin.
For me a romance a book has to have something of depth besides, groans, weeps and "oooohs" because her mate's jewels are large and incharge.
Would I download another of Kresley's books. Nope.
The reader is appalling. The female lead's voice and intonation are often read to sound like a parody and the male lead is not much better. The fake accent is terrible. The experience of this book was totally ruined by the reading.
No. The reading is torturous.
Have the book read by someone with some actual skills, not a ham.
I am 29. So maybe someone a lot older than me would enjoy this book. I first read the RAVE reviews on this book and gave it a shot. The reviews were wrong. This book was just ... "eh.." not even ok.
The first 7 hours seemed to be bogged down with lifeless details and eventually lead up to a lackluster finish. I was over it an hour into the book.
Dissappointed. The reviews and cover art tricked me.
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