Book Review

by Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: HOT

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For her next marvelous adventure, Cole takes a side trip into the Realm of Blood and Mist to focus on the Dacians. In the timeline of Cole’s series, the events in this book appear to happen simultaneously with those of Lothaire. As is to be expected from a kick-ass Immortal Lore tale, there is plenty of bloodshed, passion and death-defying thrills. This surefire hit will liven up even the dullest afternoon.

Prince Trehan Daciano is the legendary assassin of the Dacian House of Shadows who is charged with keeping the existence of Dacia a secret. When a Deathly One named Caspion manages to leave Dacia, Trehan’s duty is to kill him. Tracking him to Abaddon, Trehan discovers not only Caspion, but half demon/half sorceress Bettina, who is Trehan’s destined “bride.” Bettina’s guardians have set up a deadly contest where a multitude of suitors must battle to the death to win Bettina’s hand — and the throne. Trehan is torn between his duty and his destiny: Unfortunately, killing Caspion, whom Bettina loves, is not likely to endear him to her. (POCKET, Dec., 496 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: POCKET

Published: December 2012

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Shadow's Claim

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on November 26, 2012 - 11:11pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

*ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Shadow’s Claim was an amazing blend of the best of the IAD series. It included some of my favorites of the Lore and overlaps beautifully with the timeline of the last release, Lothaire.

Unlike other ‘spin-off’ series that I’ve read recently, wherein the plot of the debut book picks up where the last book of the previous series left off, Shadow’s Claim takes a subset of characters and actually happens in parallel with the events of Lothaire. This was made even more enjoyable when the timelines mesh at the end of the book.

Our hero and heroine: Trehan and Bettina are phenomenal together and easily worked their way into my top 3 IAD power couples. Their journey is intense, riddled with emotion, sexy as sin, and full of surprises. I loved how it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that things were going to work out and give us that “Happily Ever After” that we expect from Paranormal Romances, and I actually wondered if Kresley might make us wait for Book #2 to find out what would ultimately happen.

The world: The realm of blood and mist was magical and complex, and Shadow’s Claim was made even more intricate by the fact that it took place in several different locales. Kresley painted the set beautifully with her descriptive prose, impeccable timing, and enthralling character interaction.

Overall story: The book was chock full of danger, intrigue, action, and romance. The multiple twists and turns that were introduced made things fabulously unpredictable and extremely entertaining.

Some of my favorite things...
1) Simply put, the depth of Trehan! It was completely mystifying, and he may very well have become one of my favorite PNR heroes. Yes he’s a ruthless, detached assassin, but he’s also a somewhat vulnerable, bookish introvert. He shows indications of being a closet romantic, an art aficionado, and a loyal family man, and somehow manages to perfectly balance being an uber alpha male with having a surprising and wonderful soft side.

2) The fact that Bettina’s entire future hinged on the outcome of a gladiator style life and death tournament was unique and made for high anxiety reading. It also paved the way for some very interesting little surprises that Kresley introduced, as well as some wonderful dialogue.

3) The supporting characters were solid and felt necessary to the story. I found myself finding favorites among them outside of our leading couple and hoping that we find out even more in future releases. In addition, we get cameos from some great IAD veterans and more storyline on a couple that were only briefly mentioned before, therefore making me yearn for the future releases because there is just so much potential with these characters in play.

All in all, LITERAL ADDICTION gives Shadow’s Claim 5 Skulls and would recommend it to ALL Kresley Cole IMMORTALS AFTER DARK fans.

While I don’t think it’s 100% necessary to read the entire IAD series before reading Shadow’s Claim, I do feel that having done so made Shadow’s Claim more enjoyable. Reading Lothaire before Shadow’s Claim was a definite plus. With that said, IMMORTALS AFTER DARK is an incredible series and should be devoured by paranormal romance lovers far and wide, so take the plunge and get lost in the Lore. You won’t be disappointed! :)