Monday, July 15, 2013

Review of the Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole

  • ISBN-13: 9781451650051
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 481
  • Bought
#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. . . .

Rating 3/5

As usual Kresley Cole excels at her writing craft.  Hot guy's that are all Alpha and are in serious need of saving.  Trehan Daciano meets all of these qualities and is super hot hero.  However, Bettina is not exactly a likable character.  Her shallow, silliness and disregard for the fact that Cas is womanizing annoyance goes beyond the pale.  I never could relate as to why she would want the other guy to almost the bitter end.  A guy that didn't want her vs. the Trehan who lusted and general gave up so much for her.

The writing is great but the heroine is much to be desired.  Still a good read just not what I'm used to from Mrs. Cole.

Meet the Author

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark paranormal series. Her books have been translated into many foreign languages, garnered two RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists in the U.S. and abroad. Visit her at