Friday, December 13, 2013

Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole [Review]

Shadow's Claim (Immortals After Dark #13, The Dacians #1) by Kresley Cole
Format: paperback
Source: purchased
Date read: September 26, 2013

Immortals After Dark
1. The Warlord Wants Forever
2. A Hunger Like No Other
3. No Rest for the Wicked
4. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
5. Dark Needs at Night's Edge
6. Dark Desires After Dusk
7. Kiss of a Demon King
8. Untouchable (Deep Kiss of Winter)
9. Pleasure of a Dark Prince
10. Demon from the Dark
11. Dreams of a Dark Warrior
12. Lothaire
13. Shadow's Claim (The Dacians #1) - Paperback | Kindle
14. MacRieve
15. Dark Skye
16. Sweet Ruin
17. Shadow's Seduction (The Dacians #2)
18. Wicked Abyss

Kresley Cole
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Synopsis (Goodreads):

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. . . .
Thoughts on Shadow's Claim: I might have read Lothaire *right* before picking this book up. In fact, that book might be the reason I dove into this one with such gusto. I must admit that the tangled web of the Lore is vastly entertaining and just the slightest bit addictive. Tiny bit. You'll hardly even notice the addiction. *looks around for next book to devour*

Right. So. Trehan is kinda awesome. He listens when his lady talks and he genuinely wants to get to know her. Plus, there's that whole blooding thing where he gets to, uhh, experience a physical reaction around her now. I do like when those vampires find their Brides and have to deal with the sudden onslaught of emotion and desire. It makes reading them so FUN!

Bettina isn't your typical demon. Her halfling heritage makes her physically weaker than the demons she's set to rule. The attack that left her half-dead has left her with a few emotional and mental scars and it isn't until Trehan forces her to face them that she begins to heal. The way her guardians treat her was rough. While they obviously care for her, they're typical Loreans in the way they dig at her weaknesses and don't *see* her.

I had fun with this book. As usual, Kresley Cole's ability to weave the various story lines from past books into this one leaves me dumbfounded. I'm crazy in love with the way we get to see events unfold. Come to think of it, I'm just crazy in love with this entire series.

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