Jan 2, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole


Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole

Publication Date: November 27, 2012
The Dacians, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 4.5/5 STARS

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...

First off, I adore Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. ADORE. So when I found the first book of The Dacians on another blog, I was like, oh hell yeah.

I was not disappointed.

Trehan Daciano is a total babe (and a vamp) and I loved him. I did not like his love interest/obsession/Bride, the young Sorceress Bettina, as much as him. She drove me crazy with her puppy dog love for her childhood friend, Caspian, who was a big WHORE, and shamelessly admitted it to her every chance he got. I mean, how can you honestly be in love with someone like that? But he was honest with her and told her she wasn’t his mate, and to stop pining for him. In one ear and out the other, Bettina didn’t hear a freaking word he said. Got on my nerves a bit. But I did love the fact that she made weapons. That was super cool.


So basically, after Bettina bloods Trehan, he’s like, “Get over Caspian, woman. You’re mine now.” But of course, like every other female in IAD, she’s in denial. So Trehan enters the tournament her godparents put together with her hand in marriage being the prize. 200 men/creatures from the Lore enter, and Trehan slices, cuts, and stabs his way to the final round. And guess who he has to fight? Let’s just say, this is one of the best parts of the book. I found it beyond entertaining.

The love scenes were HOT, though a bit cheesy. But every IAD book has a certain cheese factor, and I love it. Trehan made these scenes extra spicy with his blood banter and smoking looks.

Trehan Daciano is now one of my new fave IAD characters. Right after Lachlain MacRieve and Bowen MacRieve, but before Cade (A delicious rage demon). I do love those MacRieve boys. As far as vampires go, the Wroth brothers are now non-existent to me. The Dacians have arrived. I can’t wait until the next book!

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