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Shadow's Claim

Cole, Kresley

(Paperback - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Shadow's Claim
Baker & Taylor
When he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore's most fearsome villains, swordsman Trehan Daciano, a.k.a. the Prince of Shadows, is determined to have her and must survive the punishing contests to claim her as his wife. Original. 750,000 first printing.

& Taylor

When he beholds Bettina, the sheltered ward of two of the Lore's most fearsome villains, swordsman Trehan Daciano, a.k.a. the Prince of Shadows, is determined to win her as his wife, even if it means enduring punishing contests.

Simon and Schuster
#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. . . .

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Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Pocket Books pbk. ed
ISBN: 1451650051
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE C
Characteristics: 481 p. ; 17 cm.


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Apr 22, 2014
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Shadow’s Claim is everything that I’ve come to expect from Cole’s writing—sexy, fast paced, violent, funny, strong characters—an all around great read. I love Cole's The Immortals After Dark and now the Dacians series. I found both Trehan, the ancient, Dacian vampire, and Bettina, the halfling princess, fun to read about without feeling like I was reading the same story that I’ve read before. We got to visit with some past characters ( Nix anyone :) and meet a few new side characters that I really hope get their own stories. Can't wait for the next book.

Apr 05, 2014
  • Monikan21 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Book 14 in Immortals After Dark and also #1 in the Dacian series, preceded by MacRieve and followed by Dark Skye. Sexy story of Bettina a half demon and half sorceress and Princess then Queen of Abbadon, and Prince Trehan Daciano, Prince of Shadows and a vampire. Considering that this is the first in the Dacian series, we will be getting to know the other Dacian cousins - I can't wait for their stories.

May 18, 2013
  • booklady1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

K. Cole is the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal Immortals After Dark series...and she has done it again. a skillfully written and entertaining with complex characters, snappy dialogue, and sweet moments. Cole writing was brisk, Ironic,sensual, and relentlessly imaginative. Trehan Daciano , a. k. a. Prince of Shadows, his a lover and a fighter...he his an aggressively SEXY Alpha male who won't let anything stand in the way of claiming his mate Bettina, despite all the obstacles. sometimes he seems dark...he manage to be both charming and yet frightening, but to me that made him so much more appealing. mmmmmmmmmmm! I really love them together. with him she is...BRAVE, WILD, and FREE. and when she let go of all her childish fascination I SHOUT yes! she is all grown up now LOL!

Feb 27, 2013
  • Einmyria rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For some reason, I always find it so much easier to write a review for a book I despise vs. one I actually like! I can tear apart crappy books with ease (and utter joy), but can’t seem to put the praise I feel in my heart about good books into writing, but here goes…To start off with the positive, I’d like to say that I really liked our heroine Bettina because: she doesn’t have that typical annoying voluptuous figure that, well, EVERY other heroine in Kresley’s books is graced with. Women in the real world have a variety of different figures: short, tall, curvy, slim, and some even have *gasp* freckles! Or a crooked tooth! So it was nice to see a heroine who was slightly different from this overwhelming “voluptuous” ideal, yet still considered beautiful in her own way. I also love how Bettina starts off this book as a coward, as someone who suffers from debilitating fear thanks to the opening events of this book. Not only does this make for some cute protective scenes between Trehan and Bettina, but it adds more depth and realism to her character. She doesn’t start off as a confident and capable woman, she GROWS into it. And I really loved seeing that bravery and perseverance on her part. All in all, she’s one of my favourite IAD heroines (along with Sabine). Trehan was…ok. I liked him, didn’t love him. He was a little bland and a little too forgettable to be one of my fav heroes, but as least he wasn’t a controlling dick like Lothaire or a torturing dick like Chase. He was a nice, honourable, slightly angsty (but not emo) man. Oh, and the plot was great, as per typical Kresley Cole fashion. Check it out! :)

Jan 25, 2013
  • jcharmed rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Another great story by Cole. I just loved the Dacian Cousins. Trey is great and HOT! What woman wouldnt want a fighter/ Alpha male like him. I felt all his pain and Bettina is a likeable character also. I did like her and once she realized her true feelings and shed her childish ones I liked her more.

Love Kresley Cole. I have to say that her Immortals After Dark series is a step above most paranormal series, simply because each book is individual and they haven't become myopic and formulaic, as say... Lora Leigh (despite my affection for the Breed books). I really liked this one, the hero and heroine and the whole story were new and captivating.


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