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
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Wow, i just love this series, actually all of Kresley Coles books. This was just the best ever. The Narrator is excellent, does a very good job. It's got a bit of everything in this book and is HOT HOT HOT !! Can't wait for the next book... :)
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a decent book. TBH, the story itself was pretty good and I really liked Trehan but Bettina really brought the story down for me. I was really disappointed with that because usually I really like Cole's heroines.
Bettina is a half-Demon/half-Sorceress and is the daughter of the dead King of her realm and the future Queen. She didn't take on hardly any Demon traits but is a strong Sorceress with the ability to burst a person's heart in their chest. She went into the mortal realm to study design and was found by Vrekener (winged creatures who hunt Sorceress, suck their power away and kill them). She lost her power and barely survived the encounter (only because of luck).
Trehan is a Vampire from the Vampire Kingdom of Dacian. He's known as the Prince of Shadows because he's so good at hiding and seeking his prey. The kingdom is hidden and any outsider that's allowed to enter isn't allowed to leave or they die. Trehan is the enforcer of this law and does his job well. He has little else to live for though and when not on the hunt, he likes indulge in scholarly pursuits.
Bettina's best friend is a demon named Caspion. She has had a crush on him for years and is determined to eventually get him to give up his whoring ways and fall in love with her. Caspion went traveling, found the Kingdom of Dacian and entered it knowing their laws. He thought he could get around them and decided to go back home hoping he could escape the death sentence he had brought on himself. Trehan is sent out after Caspion and when he's tracking him, he finds Bettina. Bettina is drunk in her bed (after trying to use drink to seduce an unwilling Caspion) and when Trehan shows up, she thinks he's Caspion and welcomes him. Trehan is thrilled, thinking she knew of him through her sorcery and was welcoming him, until he realizes she thought he was another man. Trehan leaves but can't help but want to go back for her. He found out that Bettina had agreed to be the "prize" in a tournament where any Lore male that entered could fight for her hand and the winner would be he husband and the King of the realm (which IMO is a sucky way to chose a husband and King). Unable to stay away, Trehan goes back to enter the tourney in attempt to win her hand.
This migth have been good if it wasn't for the issue of Caspion. Caspion, in an attempt to escape his death sentence, decides to enter the contest as well (even though he's made it clear to Bettina that he doesn't desire her at all as more than a friend). Bettina is so gone on him that she tells Trehan that if he kills Caspion (even in the tournament) that she'll never forgive him. This puts Trehan in a very bad position but he does his best to win Bettina's affections for himself. He does everything right and does end up getting Bettina to realize that Caspion is just a friend and she is falling for Trehan. Unfortunately, she still is determined to hate Trehan if he kills Caspion, even though it seems one will likely have to kill the other because of the tournament. TBH, Betttina's constant whining about crap that Caspion brought down on himself and Caspion acting like a twit really pissed me off (to the point I was yelling at her as I read) and I didn't like it. Bettina didn't seem to have a lick of sense in her head and just made things hard on them all...for Caspion who had little in the way of redeeming qualities. Uhg! Obviously, even though Trehan wins Bettina's love, there's still issues and they end up with a horrible split between them (which you know is coming if you read Lothaire before this). Things get worked out in the end and I was thankful that Trehan got his well deserved HEA (even if I really couldn't have cared less if Bettina got hers).
This was a good story overall. The storyline itself was good but Bettina and Caspion...welll lets just say that I thought they deserved each other. The only thing I can say good about Bettina is that she seemed to have gained a bit of sense by the end (very little) and this enabled Trehan to be happy. I really liked Trehan and would have wished for better for him. I can't really recommend this story unless you like weak and annoying heroines. I still love the series though and am going to read the next in the series.
I don't write a ton of reviews, but after 13+ books in this series I had to admit...I'm addicted!
The stories are enthralling, and surprisingly each one is very different even though the general plot stays the same. the author has done an amazing job with the varied story lines and characters. just today I found myself yelling NO out loud at a moment in the story, as I carried my phone around with me all morning dying to finish this story!
the narrator is superb. period. he does such an outstanding job with the multitude of voices needed, accents, languages, etc. no two main characters ever sound alike, which makes the story even harder to stop listening to!
Absolutely! The narration made the book.
I laughed several times. You couldn't help it when Salem was involved.
This is the first book in the Dacians series and as much as I loved it I wish I hadn't bought it. It's like Ms. Cole can't finish a series before she starts another. I borrowed my daughter's iPad and listened to all the IAD books on audible and loved every one of them then I bought this one because I'd become so involved in all the immortals lives. Now, god only knows how long I'll have to wait for the next in the series. She has other books on audible but they are all in the first person and I just can't stand that; I, I, I gets so annoying.
Anyway, I can't tell you how much I loved Daciano/Trehan, a killing machine and a tender lover all in one vamp. Caspion was a horny, selfish, bratty demon, but somehow likable. Bettina/Bett/Tina had her issues but she worked through them. Salem? Truly a spectacular character. I loved him as much as I loved Nix in all the other books.
Narration? In a few words: Awesome, spectacular, wonderful, terrific, fabulous, etc, etc.. You get the point.
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...
I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.
For paranormal romance lovers you must Eat, Breathe, and Live for Kresley Cole's written word and the way Robert Petkoff reads it! I rarely find such a fantastic pairing or author/narrator and Cole/Petkoff are a match made in heaven! I have listened to all of the Immortal After Dark series available on Audible, I'm seriously addicted to living inside The Lore. The first installment of the Dacians just left me panting and begging for more of the high volume action and scorching sexual heat! Cole's novels really have everything you are looking for if this is your thing, if it isn't you should still try it to see if you may be converted. USE THE CREDIT NOW!
This is full of gladiator action, great romance and a wonderful story line! I could not put my iPod turn off! Narrator did a fantastic job.
I think it was simply the whole story, how it is easy to see yourself in the character when you learned what real love was about and how to differentiate from deep love for a friend.
The way "Vampire" wouldn't give up and I loved having Lothaire make an appearence.....I could really do with out his so called mate though LOL.
I liked the sarcasm and the bits of comedy in the story it made it much more real and thewhole book was moving one way or another.
Yes Hurry up and write the Next ONE LOL
I love losing myself in books of any kind
I love Kresley Cole particularly this series. While I trial enjoyed Trehen I must says I was very disappointed with Bettina. She was very weak, spoiled, bratty and too indecisive for me.
Most of Kresley's female characters are strong warriors but have a vulnerability that keeps allows you to recognize femininity.
Bettina came off as just weak whom did not understand either her own feelings nor of those she claimed to love... Too selfish and naive to be a main character of the Lore
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