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Shadow's Claim (Immortals After Dark #13)

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#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 ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 481 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Pocket Books
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Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
Shadow's Claim: 3.5-4 stars. (YES, I'VE READ IT A LITTLE EARLY!)

Hey! I know what ya'll are thinking. How in the world did she already read this? There's no way Tai got a arc of THIS! What voodoo is she practicing that she obtained this? Well, let me tell ya. Apparently, my local supermarket does not heed to release dates. My mother happened to see this on the shelves, remembered my incessant whining about needing me some KC in my life, and surprised me with it today! First I'd like to just say,
Tanya Urban Fantasy Freak

OMG a *NEW* Series by KC!!!!!!!!!

omg now the celebration is over because I hate to say it - This romance underwhelms. Bettina was quite annoying, she took too long to recognize the good thing she had going with the hero Prince Trehan. The plot was a tad formulaic and not enough hot sex scenes either.....

The sylph Salem was hilarious though! He was one bright spot in a otherwise bland romance. Methinks Ms Cole skimped on writing this romance in-order to write her new YA series Arcana Chronicles :
Couldn't put it down!

I seriously love Kresley Cole's writing, and this book is no exception. The story was just so easy to read and super fun to follow. Even though the whole "Realm of Blood and Mist" thing is actually kinda off putting if you really try to visualize it, I nevertheless really enjoyed this book and particularly the no-nonsense vamp of a hero, Trehan Daciano.



Did someone order a tall, dark, serious, brooding, bookish-yet-deadly, super intelligent, fights-for-his-woman
I hate to say it but I really didn't like this book. KC is one of my favorite authors, and I love all her other books, but this one...I just can't. The heroine Bettinadrove me nuts. Her thought process was annoying and childish and I couldn't understand her obession over Cas. Yes, he is her bff but come on, he's a whoring douche bag and she falls behind him like a love sick puppy.

She was aware of his love of whore houses and was even told the night she tried to get him to take her V card that h
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This'll be quick and I'll forgo recounting the plot in length and will dive right into my thoughts. It will also be somewhat spoiler-ish.

With this installment I'm all caught up with the Immortal After Dark Series. Not sure why I didn't read Shadow's Claim when it was its turn but I think it had something to do with the fact that it strayed from the original series and I figured I could just start it as an independent one. Not sure if this helped to see it in a cle
4 stars

I really love when Kresley Cole write about vampires! I think her vampires are the best. Best than her Lykae and Demon (no offense for their fans :P). Why I said this? Imagine that after they reach their immortality, their heart stop beating, all their body function stop working (yes, no sex either). And then when their mate, called Bride, finally come, she blooded them. Make them whole again. And from Wroth brothers (except, Murdoch maybe), Lothaire and Trehan, all prove themshelves that
5+ stars!!! Sign me up for a one-way ticket to Dacia...

There's a reason why I love Kresley Cole's brand of paranormal romance - because it's hands down the best! It's sexy, smart, fun, sexy, compelling, and... just plain sexy - and 'Shadow's Claim' was all of that!

Every paranormal romance author has to build a "new" world and make up the "rules" by which players must adhere to - things like what it means to be a paranormalian in that world, what defines them, and often who is a mortal enemy of w
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If Kresley Cole wrote it, I 'll read it. There's no doubt about that.
She has come to be one of the authors that I blindly trust to keep me company like a best friend does.
So. To the question at hand.
When is this baby going public?
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 Stars

Trehan Christian Daciano….you sir are a force to be reckoned with, and a hot one at that.

“You don’t appear to be an afterthought with that one, dearest freakling. You appear to be the only thought.”

This isn’t really a spinoff, it incorporates many of the same things from the IAD series time lines and the many of the same characters. I would say that this should be the book you read directly after Lothaire since the timeline lines up semi-concurrently with that.

Reasons I totally liked
Heather C
I'm loving the Dacian's!

Of course the vampires have always been my favorite creatures of all the Lore. And I definielty loved that there were no Valkyrie in it other than Nix. Can't stand those bitches! Looking forward to the other Dacian cousins getting their HEA...hopefully.

I really liked the storyline here: where Trehan had to court and fight to win Bettina. There was lots of hot sexual tension and gruesome fighting. But in the end, I got a little exhausted with it. (view spoiler)
Elodie Fremond
Sep 21, 2014 Elodie Fremond rated it it was ok
It's the first time I've ever felt disappointed while reading an IAD book. I had to force myself through some parts of the book, how sad is that?!!
And I mostly owe it to STUPID, PATHETIC, WIMPY, CHILDISH Bettina. How annoying can this chit be, seriously?
I wanted to slap her so many times! Compared to the other IAD heroines, she was so... boring. She was so weak compared to Elizabeth, and Elizabeth was a human. She didn't fight, for anything. She totally let Trehan down while he did everything
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Aug 02, 2014 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: IAD fans
3.5... Enjoyed it, but can't say I loved it.

Bettina and Trehan's relationship? It's complicated. (Nothing really new in this Lorean mating.)

Bettina loves death demon Caspion. Caspion loves to rut. Trehan travels to their demon realm to kill Caspion - no only a select few Dacians are allowed to leave the Realm of Blood and Mist and are visitors get a welcome to Hotel California. (Caspion snuck out of the blood realm.) Meanwhile, Bettina is recovering from a vicious beating with 'hate crime' writ
Aug 09, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

“One day you’ll convince me that you’ll always want him.” Just before he traced away, he murmured in her ear, “Take care, lest you lose a male who’ll desire only you—and gain a male who’ll desire only others.”


I loved everything about this book...especially Trehan! Damn, he puts all other vampire book boyfriends to SHAME! Sexy, possessive and deadly to others...just perfect!

Normally, I hate love triangles...but with a hero like Trehan, there really is no comparison between him and Caspion
Dec 02, 2012 Yuzai marked it as to-read
From Kresley Cole's Facebook page,

"I'd like to announce The Realm of Blood and Mist, my paperback spin-off series of the IAD that follows the Dacians (those thought-to-be-mythic vampires). Book 1 is called SHADOW'S CLAIM (available for pre-order here: This is my first new series in over five years, and I can't wait to share those sexy, powerful characters with you. Perhaps you'll get to know them in LOTHAIRE . . . ? ;)"

sooooooooooo EXCITED! hehehe :D
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I think this would have been a five star book, but some aspects towards the end spoiled that for me. I feel that Bettina's insecurity and her fixation on Caspion sort of ruins the romance a bit. I agree with her that it would make her seem fickle if she was totally in love with Cas for years, and then all of a sudden, she's crazy about a vampire she barely knows. However, I think Trehan did just about everything he could to prove how much she meant to him. He even turned his back on his whole ...more
Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
Bettina, the princess and heir of The Deathly Ones, was attacked, beaten and had her sorceress power stolen. Her godparents decided to hold a tournament for contestants to battle for her hand and the kingdom. Bettina doesn't want to marry anyone other than the man she's been in love with her whole life, Caspion, and she decides to seduce him. Unfortunately, she drinks too much and passes out. When she comes to, she thinks Caspion is in her bed. Turns out it's Trehan, Prince of Shadows, who has ...more
D.B. Reynolds
Dec 02, 2012 D.B. Reynolds rated it really liked it
I love Kresley Cole's writing and the Immortals After Dark series. Shadow's Claim isn't really a spin-off as much as it is a slight branching of the IAD series to introduce the Dacian characters. And I can already see future books from the supporting characters in this story. I just hope one of them isn't Caspian, because I didn't like him at all.

But back to this book ... The Dacians are the race of vampires who rejected Lothaire and his mother all those centuries ago, and whom Lothaire swore ve
Laura the Highland Hussy
Sep 15, 2014 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it it was amazing
Read this review on Got Fiction? Books

This is what KC said about the cover, and wow, do I agree!

"I put in a few cover requests for this one. I wanted to have the hero looking like he’d just returned from punishing the heroine’s enemies, basically a “you mess with her, you’ll see a man get
mean” scenario. I requested mud on his grim face, a menacing stare that says “you’re next,” stuff exploding in the background, clothes all ripped up. And the art department delivered! That, my friends, is Treh
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Kresley Cole has a unique way of writing that pulls readers right in until you feel as if you are transferred into one of her books. With her unique signature humor and larger than life characters, readers are completely immersed in the Lore of immortals with no intention of leaving. I get this feeling every time I read a Kresley Cole book and SHADOW'S CLAIM is no exception.

Trehan is an exceptional hero. Arrogant, deadly and sexy, he possessed all that a woman could want in a leading man. For me
Jan 16, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
A lot like the IAD series and although I found it to be a little predictable, it was still very enjoyable. It's fun, fast paced and the glimpses of Lothaire and Nix is a great bonus. Not to mention Trehan Daciano brings out the cougar in me. Ladies, he's one hot tamale!

If I could have sex with this book --> I 100% would.
I did enjoy this one a lot, as it had the familiar possessive, brooding male for a hero and typical Cole writing style. However, the heroine's insistence that she was in love with her childhood friend kept longer than I found necessary and dimmed my pleasure somewhat. Plus, I really believe she should be the one grovelling in the end, and in fact doing a lot of it, which she didn't. All in all, a very nice book but for me, one that I expect to leave my memory in less than a week or two:(


Mandi Schreiner
Nov 28, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr, alpha-hero
This book starts a spin-off series from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. The Dacians are briefly introduced to us in Lothaire, and since I love that series, I was eager to read this book.

The world building is quite confusing early on in this book but I’ll set up the hero and heroine for you. Trehan Daciano is an immortal Vampire known as The Prince of Shadows. He lives in the Realm of Blood and Mist and works as an assassin keeping his realm a secret. He basically has no life, and onl

Come at me Dacians!

So, I have to start by saying that my opinions of this book were completely tainted by the reviews I read beforehand - and not in a good way. I wanted to gauge whether or not I wanted to start the Dacians series and in the process it completely skewed my opinions while reading the book.

-I read reviews that Bettina was a lovsick fool over Caspion and that it got quite annoying - check!
-I read reviews that Trehan made a million and one sacrifices for Bettina and yet she made n
I really don't know why this is considered a separate series instead of just another installment of IAD. The hero is introduced in Lothaire's book, the story is set around the same time as Lothaire's, things that happened in the IAD series were discussed, IAD characters show up and events in this book seem to be setting up both MacRieve and Dark Skye. If Ms. Cole was really trying to set up a new series, it didn't work.

Shadow's Claim had the usual vampire IAD plot. The hero finds his bride, she'
Inés Izal
Nov 27, 2014 Inés Izal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, favoritos
Te odio Kresley, arruinaste mi vida.
¿Cómo se te ocurre crear otra serie? Yo que vivía sufriendo de amor por los Inmortales, y ahora me das a los Dacianos.

Él, un príncipe de un reino oculto, representando la justicia y la espada en Dacia. Un hombre que solo vive por y para el deber. Un hombre que AMA LEER. Protector de su familia, cariñoso, leal, dulce y encantador.
Rompe con todo lo que
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
3 - 3.5 stars.

I'm not sure on my rating. It's probably because I went in with super low expectations, thinking it'd be a disaster, but it wasn't. This book didn't annoy me. Sure, Bettina did on occasion, but not really Trehan. I think what I liked about this book was reading about a new demon kingdom, Bettina's sassy servant, and Morgana, Queen of all Sorceri's apathetic attitude. Oh, and there's lots of fighting between many different species.

Bettina - rather obtuse, but that's fro
Dec 04, 2012 Katie(babs) rated it it was amazing
When I get my hands on a new Kresley Cole release, I seriously squeal (or rather, squee) like a little girl. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I bow down at the altar of Kresley because her paranormal romances are so darn good. She rates highly, oh so highly next to Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Gena Showalter and JR Ward. I thought Kresley had reached her pinnacle with Lothaire (which is pronounced Lothair after I asked Kresley because it’s been irking me on how to say his name. For ...more
Oct 02, 2016 Mandapanda rated it really liked it
Reread October 2016.
4 stars. Can't believe how much I am loving this whole series the second time around and I'm finding so much more depth in the stories that I originally did not rate so highly.

Original review
3.5 stars. A fairly pale imitation of other IAD novels. The Dacian connection and the tournament for Bettina's hand were the best parts for me. Also the secondary characters, the gruesome opponents, and visitors from past books kept me interested. But by the last third Bettina's wishy
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“A king of a kingdom no one fucking knows about! I'm the tree in the forest that silently falls--when no one is around to be crushed! [Lothaire, Enemy of Old]” 62 likes
“I lived in the royal library, among all the books."
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"There were suites inside and great balconies that overlooked the city, but yes. I was most content among those shelves, so one night, I simply never left.”
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