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Review: Kresley Cole, Shadow’s Claim

Shadow’s Claim: The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist #1

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Blurb:

   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…

Review:

This review is a little hard for me, because i love Kresley Cole’s novels. Her Immortals After Dark(IAD) series is just awesome and she has an amazing ability to mix humour, drama, romantic suspence and tension into her works. While maintaining that lightness that makes it an easy and fun read. And she’s actual one of the authors im hoping to do a series review on 🙂

So her last IAD novel was Lothaire, a character whose story i have wanted to hear for a long time now and i wasnt dissappointed! Now admittedly i wanted to kick Lothaires ass a number of times, but that is part of his character, a figure who straddles the line between being evil and just self centred, he’s hard to figure out and thats why he was able to get away with it. Also the female lead, Elizabeth Pierce was awesome, so funny  and not what you’d expect as his kinda girl lol, and she definatly gave as good as she got.

Good Stuff:

Now it wasnt a bad book but im just wanted to fore warn you’s that there is a mini-rant near the end because i did have a small problem with this book, mostly in relation to Bettina, the heroine. However this was still a good book, and it still got me curious about the world and some of the other characters sound awesome. Bettina just wasnt my favourite, i didnt understand her character fully or her motivations- it could possibly be just that her thinking was too far away from mine or because she’s very different from the heroines i prefare. Especially in comparison to Tehran, who is a really mysterious character, who at first is quiet and hard to work out, but as the story progresses, his character develops as well as a dry sense of humour.

The setting for the story was an orignal take in comparison to her other books, with the setting being based in a alternative plan than we have ever experienced as well as the set up of a battle for her hand. I found quite original and surprising. There were twists and surprises within this book, both for the plot and the characters which kept me both interested and entertained 😀 I also love the little interaction with Lothaire in this book, he really is one of my favourites-  a fun balance between evil and just plain old crazy.

The love triangle which causes so much controversay as well as cause so much drama, was an interesting twist but also one of the reasons i grow to kinda dislike Bettina, but as i learned more about her i grew to understand her hesitation, especaially as she is soo much younger than our traditional heroines. And she does have some pretty awesome skills, both traditional and magical :).

Warning! Mini-Downer:

Now back to this book, this world is within the IAD universe but slightly seperate but we were initally introduced to it through the last novel. So when i heard about this book and what it was about i got really excited. And while i still liked it, i was a little dissappointed, but more because of Bettina than anything else. I just couldnt get myself to like her. Didnt hate her, just couldnt get into the story really well, cause i found her kinda waffley. I have loved books in the past that arent character driven, but she just isnt as strong a character

In conclusion i still definately like this book and worth a read, but i would advise reading other books in her main series before this one because they are definatly better in my opinion, but also because they lay a foundation for this book and would make it much more understandable and enjoyable. Especially Lothaire (can you tell i am fangirl-ing a bit over Lothaires book) 😀

Not my longest review but i did honestly get confused over this book because i liked it, just didnt love it. And i think i may have set too high a standard going into it because there are some of her books i absolutly love, that i was alittle let down. But it did develop the over all plotline and i’ll definatly still want to read the next one 😀

So if you’s try it let me know what you’s think and if you’s agree or disagree with me and if you’s read any of her other books first?

I love to hear from you’s

Maebhe x

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