Author: Kresley Cole
Publication: Kindle Edition
Publication Date: 11/27/2012
Source: E-book owned by reviewer
Audience: Paranormal romance, adult
#1 New York Times bestselling author 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.
He won't be denied...
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.
She's bound to another...
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.
A battle for her body and soul...
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...
This is the first in the new spin-off series from the Immortals After Dark (IAD), and it is a fantastic start! Kresley Cole has clearly worked out her world mythology here as the plot threads from previous books in the series are deftly interwoven here to add depth to a very enticing story.
We all know that Ms Cole is a master of the art of writing great paranormal bonking. What she has displayed here is the addition of crisp plot development and great depth to her characters. Bettina of Abbadon starts out as this frail weepy girly-girl and with Trehan’s help and devotional attention, she find her strength and reclaims her throne. Trehan is nicely balanced mixture of intelligence, logic and thoughtful brooding.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away because that’s really half the fun of delving into the book. What I will say is that Cole has very successfully balanced romantic yearnings with political intrigue, and has come out with a superbly good read, as a result.
A very satisfying one:one! Plenty of plot and some knicker-curling hot! One for the re-read pile.