Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Shelf: Shadow's Claim (The Dacians #1) by Kresley Cole

#1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole introduces The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, a new paranormal series following the royal bloodline of Dacia, a vampire kingdom hidden within the Lore of the Immortals After Dark. 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.


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.


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.


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....

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Hot on the heels of her successful Immortals After Dark series, Kresley Cole launches a new a spin off series exploring a whole new branch of vampires and featuring new characters in the first book of The Dacians series, Shadow's Claim!

Considering we were briefly introduced to The Dacians in Lothaire I was very excited to read this book. Dacia is a secretive and mysterious society; often considered a myth and those who live within it nothing if not complete mysteries. With five different house's warring and fighting each other fto the throne of this mysterious world, it's been interesting discovering Lorthaire's connection and heritage as well as his place within this society in the last two books.

After Lothaire's ascension to the throne of Dacia, the chance to meet more of these characters was one I looked forward to. Kresley Cole introduces us not only briefly to Dacia, but also the demonic land of Abbandon in Shadow's Claim, proving once more that she has sooooo many layers of her world to unravel.

I did enjoy this book. The world was interesting and the story quite entertaining. I loved both main characters, Bettina and Trehan. Bettina was a sweet female; very young and naive, but also a quick learner and an intelligent young woman. She's confused as to her feelings towards her best friend Caspian and mistakes friendship with romantic love. She's flawed and afraid, due to her experiences in the past, but as she manages to overcome this and slowly grows up, Bettina becomes a really capable young woman.

Trehan Daciano, the Prince of Shadows is another great male lead of Cole's. His fierce devotion to his Bride is unmistakable and his desire to fight his instincts and his own desires for the sake of Bettina is admirable. I liked Trehan, I did.

Together Bettina and Trehan were really sweet. They have chemistry and Cole writes their interactions sexy as hell, but I also liked that Trehan helped Bettina become a woman, as she slowly brought him to life. He wanted her now doubt, and her he, but they also interacted and got to know each other over time--and I liked that.

Shadow's Claim introduces us to a whole new gang of characters I'm looking forward to reading about in the future. From Trehans many cousins to Bettina's best friend Caspian to the phanTOM sylph Salem who had no body but more than made up for it with attitude and wit, I'm looking forward to many, many more terrific tales!

Source: I purchased from The Book Depository
Format: Paperback
Buy it: Bookworld | The Nile | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Recommendation: Fans of the Immortals After Dark series will not want to miss this.
Cover: It's very sexy and I love the colours.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: Absolutely!

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