Monday, October 28, 2013

Kresley Cole--Shadow's Claim (The Dacians #1)

Paranormal Romance - adult

#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. . .

{4 stars}
I have read the Immortals After Dark series (except the last 2). Kresley Cole has a writing style of beginning each book back at the same start point as the last one, but from a different point of view. Like the spokes on a wheel, which I find annoying at times. So I thought that this was a new start, a new wheel so to speak, but it does bring up things that happened in Lothaire's book and Dreams of a Dark Warrior. Even though I didn't read Lothaire, I had no trouble keeping up. And for a book over 450 pages, I didn't get bored (I did put it down twice to read something else). It's a great story, loved Trehan, all the things he gives up and goes thru for Bettina is incredible. Bettina is sort of a sheltered princess, but she has dreams and aspirations of her own. The side characters are a plus to this story, my only complaint was the ending, it kind of fell flat for me. After all they went thru there should have been a little more HEA.

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