Shadow's Claim: Immortals After Dark: The Dacians [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

#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.

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. . . .

Winner of the 2013 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451650082
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 10,723
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Kresley Cole
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Game Maker Series, and five award-winning historical romances. A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Her IAD books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the US and abroad. You can learn more about her and her work at KresleyCole.com or Facebook.com/KresleyCole.
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A savage kick to Princess Bettina of Abaddon’s back severed her spinal cord.

A blessing.

The searing pain that had been clawing through her entire being faded below her waist to pinpoints of pressure, then tingles, then . . .

Nothing.

Blessing. She’d long since stopped begging for her life, knew she’d never leave this field of poppies alive.

The four winged monsters who’d dragged her here had plans for her: as much agony as possible before her death.

Just as their kind had delivered to her sorceress mother twenty years before.

Though half demon, Bettina was weak in body, hopeless at fighting. She’d depended on her Sorceri power for protection—the one that these Vrekeners had siphoned from her as easily as they’d snatched the clothes from her body.

No longer could she open her swollen eyes. Her last sight? The leader standing over her, brandishing a scythe, his eyes frenzied. His claw-tipped wings had blocked the light of a low yellow moon. The scythe’s blade wasn’t fashioned out of metal, but of black flame. . . .

Yet Bettina could still hear, was still aware. In the distance, a new age band played in an outdoor arena. Young mortals danced and sang—

The force of one kick jostled her over onto her belly. Her mauled face shoved against crushed poppies. The leader played with her as a hawk would a mouse, ravaging the meat from its bones. His followers jeered and doused her with bottles of spirits.

Menacing yells, steel-toed boots, the blistering sting of alcohol.

Ah, gods, she was too aware. She tried desperately to lose herself in memories of a boy with smiling blue eyes and sun-kissed hair.

He doesn’t know how much I love him. So many things I wish I’d done—

Her upper body exploded with even more pain, as if to compensate for the numbness in her fractured legs. She could perceive her broken ribs jutting from her skin. Her mangled arms draped limply across the ground where they’d fallen when she’d last tried to protect her head. . . . Anguish multiplied.

Or perhaps the Vrekeners’ blows rained down more swiftly. The kill was near.

All she’d wanted was to go to a party with her mortal college friends. She’d been excited, happy to fit in with them, or to appear to—as a halfling, she’d never fit in before. Little did she know that she’d already drawn her enemy’s notice with her sorcery. She’d never intentionally used it—

Over all other pain, she perceived the heat of that burning scythe descending ever closer to her. Hotter, hotter, scorching.

Alcohol on her skin, the black flame . . .

Bettina choked on a sob. They planned to burn her?

Suddenly she felt weightless. This is what dying feels like?

No, she was traveling. Summoned? Dear gods, yes, the demon in her had been summoned across realms. Naked, powerless, sightless, she slipped from that field in the mortal world to her home plane of Abaddon.

In a flash, the poppies were replaced by cold marble, a balm on what was left of her skin. That awareness returned. I’m lying on the floor of my castle’s court, broken, wearing only my blood and the Vrekeners’ rank liquor. The courtiers still gossip and laugh. Can’t they see me?

She tried to scream for help; blood bubbled up over her lips. Can’t scream, can’t move. She could only listen. A conversation between her godfather Raum—the Grand Duke of the Deathly Ones—and another was already under way.

“Now you’ve done it, Raum.” It was Caspion the Tracker. The demon she secretly loved. “Tina hates being summoned with that medallion.” Not at present! “She considers it a leash.”

Her guardians had insisted on it, a condition of her leaving Abaddon.

“Ha! It probably makes her feel more like a demon,” Raum said in a gruff tone, knowing that wasn’t true. They’d had words over his use of the mystical medallion. “Besides, she told me she was coming home from college by month’s end.”

“You know time moves differently in the mortal realm,” Caspion said, amusement lacing his words. “And more, she said she was very busy but would try to visit—”

Bettina heard a courtier gasp. They’ve seen me. Murmurs rose to a furor.

From the front of the court, Caspion demanded, “What is it?” Closer by, he asked, “Who is this pitiful creature? No, no, this isn’t Tina. It can’t be!” A touch on her forehead . . . a sucked in breath of recognition . . . a roar of grief. “Bettina!”

Raum bellowed, “What has happened?”

“Tina, wake up!” Caspion commanded her. “Ah, gods, stay with me. Stay.”

For him, she managed to slit open one eye. His curling blond hair hung over his harried face. His own eyes had gone from midnight blue to black, signaling his emotion. They even started watering as he gazed over her injuries.

She saw a shining hero of old. Her beloved Cas.

He yanked off his warm coat, covering her. “A physic!” he yelled into the crowd. “Now!”

Others gathered around her. She heard Raum stomping closer. “Who’s done this to my little Tina?” Something broke directly. No doubt from his fist. “Damn you, tell me! Who’s hurt her?”

She tried to answer, parting her lips. . . . Her jaw must be broken.

Another anguished roar. Oh, Cas.

Visibly making an effort to control himself, he said, “You hang on and stay with me.”

There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than with you.

“I’ll get you through this, Tina. I swear it. You’re going to be all right,” he said, his voice thick. “Don’t leave me.”

Bettina felt the tiniest sliver of hope, something to fight for. Surely Cas returned her feelings, saw her as more than a little sister.

“Will she live?” Raum bit out. “She’s not hardy like a demoness, not strong like we are.”

She hadn’t been a true demon before. Now she was no longer a true sorceress. They took my root power. My soul.

A male she didn’t recognize asked, “Has she frozen into her immortality?” The physic?

Cas answered, “She was on the cusp. Maybe by now . . .”

“We need a Sorceri healer. If we act quickly, the princess could recover,” the physic said, but hastily qualified his statement: “Her body could recover from this.”

What did that mean?

Raum ordered, “Find Tina’s godmother! Don’t return from the Sorceri plane without Morgana!” Coming into Bettina’s line of vision, Raum yelled to Cas, “I should never have let her go! I was too lenient! Things will change in Abaddon!” His eyes were glinting, his voice choked up. The crusty old warrior was at a loss. He began ramming his horns against a stone wall, roaring to everyone, “Heed my words! We return to olden ways!”

Free of the attack, Bettina’s body started trying to regenerate, nerves sparking to life once more. Pain erupted all over her, blistering waves of it.

Even in the midst of her escalating agony and lingering horror, the words olden ways struck fear in her heart.

Prince Trehan Daciano shot awake in the middle of the day, bolting upright from his pallet of furs.

He gazed around in confusion, seeing his usual surroundings—shelves of books, weapons, his sideboard with carafes of mead-laced blood.

Though he’d experienced no nightmare, sleep had been snatched from him, replaced by a marked unease. With each moment, he grew even more on edge, a feeling like . . . like emptiness settling in his chest.

Like dread. So different from his usual numbness.

Brows drawn, he rose, tracing across the spacious room to one of the curtained balconies.

These grand apartments had once been the royal library. Centuries ago, he’d moved in and never moved out, haunting this place until no other member of the family would enter.

Time and history seeped from these familiar stones. He knew every crag and groove as well as he knew his own grim reflection. Like these stones, I quietly endure the ages.

Drawing back the thick curtain, he gazed outside. From this height, Trehan could survey far into the Realm of Blood and Mist, the secreted lands of the mighty Dacians.

The royal city below was still at this hour. Only the sound of Dacia’s bubbling blood fountains could be heard.

Across from his residence stood the majestic black stone castle, the heart of the realm—abandoned without a king. How many of his kinsmen had perished trying to seize that keep? How much deceit and murder surrounded it?

The warring houses of the royal family had once boasted hundreds of members each—now dwindled down to a handful.

For an immortal family, they knew death so well.

Trehan was the last born to the House of Shadow, the assassin arm of the family. Though he was a potential contender for the crown—along with four of his lethal cousins—he had no real aspiration to seize it. A quiet loner by nature, he loathed spectacle and attention, was content to blend into the shadows.

He only wanted to perform his duty. For nearly a millennium, he’d been the enforcer of law, a merciless assassin.

As his long-dead father had oft told him, “You are the sword of the kingdom, Trehan. Dacia will be your family, your friend, your mistress, the grand love of your life. That is your lot, Son. Want for nothing else. And you will never be disappointed.”

Trehan had once foolishly entertained secret hopes, but he’d eventually embraced his father’s teachings. As was logical.

I want for nothing. This was his lot, to await down here in the earth until Mother Dacia needed his sword. To strike, execute, then return.

So why this unaccountable restlessness? This sudden . . . frustration?

It was similar to that niggling feeling of some task forgotten. Except this feeling had teeth, gnawing at his chest.

And why should Trehan have a sense of something left undone? He always did everything that was expected of him. Ever cold, ever rational Trehan couldn’t explain this.

What have I left undone? Rubbing a palm over his chest, Trehan crossed to one of countless bookshelves. He selected a recently acquired explorer’s narrative, adjourning to his favorite seat before the fire, planning to lose himself in tales of life outside this mountain, of emotions he never felt, and interactions he never experienced.

Not on this day.

After rereading the same page a dozen times, he closed the tome, staring into the flames as he struggled to identify the hollow ache in his dormant heart.

His fingers tightened on the book, sinking into the cover. Gods damn it, what have I left undone?

Yet the dread only mounted. Then came one word, a whisper in his mind. . . .

Protect.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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

    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! :)

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    I couldn't get into this book compared to the rest of her IAD se

    I couldn't get into this book compared to the rest of her IAD series. The heroine was whiny and unimpressive to be the Bride to such an exalted male. He was making all the sacrifices and she still had something to cry about. I was disappointed with this book after waiting so long to read it.

    The author's storytelling pattern has become predictable. Guy finds Bride, Bride is unwilling, Guy goes to hell and back trying to win her, Girl refuses Guy, The Misunderstanding, The Resolution where girl deigns to forgive Guy for something amazing he did out of love for her anyway. *sigh*

    I'm afraid Lothaire's story spoiled me. The heroine was such a badass! The story flowed nicely and I was actually surprised by the twists and turns. I love that book. I realize they can't all be that good, but I don't see how it makes sense to throw us some crying immortal girl who can't seem to deal with life, after having read about a mortal who at least tried to take her destiny in her own hands at almost impossible odds. Just saying.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    Enter a world familiar to fans of Immortals After Dark and Kres

    Enter a world familiar to fans of Immortals After Dark and Kresley Cole's seductive, enthralling approach to the paranormal. Shadow's Claim ventures into the swampy demonic plane of Abbadon and the hidden vampire kingdom of blood and mist - Dacia. With its lovable characters that hail from the darkest realms, Kresley's latest paranormal romance is surely one to keep readers' attention till the last page is read!

    Shadow's Claim opens with intensity as readers are introduced to Princess Bettina in her most vulnerable moment. The pain of her brutal attack, made by Sorceri enemies called Vrekeners, is only the tip of the emotional range readers will experience throughout Bettina and Trehan's story. Bettina is half demon, half sorceress and the only heir to the kingdom of the Deathly Ones. Though she doesn't believe she'll ever truly belong, she agrees to become Queen following a tournament to the death that will decide who will be her husband, and King. The Prince of Shadows, Trehan Daciano, lives a life of routine: unemotional, non-breathing, deadly routine. As the sword of his kingdom, Trehan makes sanctioned kills to enforce the law. His latest assignment leads him to Abbadon and straight into the arms of his one, and only, Bride.

    Trehan and Bettina are a surprising couple that will not only shoot passion through your veins, but will also tenderly touch your heart. I first made judgement on Trehan based on the novel's summary, zoning in on 'ruthless master assassin' and 'savage need'. I expected him to be a raving, mindless lunatic with a very possessive nature. While Trehan does exhibit possessive tendencies when it comes to his Bride, he totally disproved my initial theories. For a vampire with a dark reputation, Trehan was thoughtful, reliable and the utmost gentleman; his tempting and truthful characterization impressed more than just Bett! Kresley has most amazing ability to build a strong, confident hero while keeping him a little off-balance and not so perfect. Trehan exhibits doubt, but he's still the hero of every woman's dream. Bettina's story is easily relatable, even when it come to matters not related to her heart. The fear that embedded into her mind since her attack and loss of power hinders her movements. Through the course of the novel Kresley not only realistically empowers the young royal, but also provides a message to real young woman who may struggle through a dark period of their own.

    Pulling myself away from how compatible Trehan and Bettina are, with each other and with readers, a note must be made of Shadow's Claim's unique setting. I appreciate the mix of the modern and archaic worlds. Bettina's passion for arts led her to the modern mortal world for college while back home on Abbadon, and other realms, life moves slowly through old-fashioned speech and traditions. At times I had to remind myself that the story isn't a historical fiction because of some character's dialogue, but I liked the jolt from a modern reference that reminded me of the story's actual time.

    Just at the moment I was looking for this quality of fate, action and romance Shadow's Claim fell into my hands! This paranormal romance is engrossing and unexpected; Kresley manages to pull laughs and tears from where I didn't expect to find any. If there were any way to introduce The Dacians, Trehan and Bettina's story is most definitely the way!
    *Copy of book provided via author in exchange for an honest review*

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    There was absolutely nothing likable about Bettina. This book w

    There was absolutely nothing likable about Bettina. This book was the worst of all. Had trouble getting through it, struggled through the first half and ended up just reading through the dialogue to speed things up

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    Shadow¿s Claim is the beginning of a new series (The Dacia

    Shadow’s Claim is the beginning of a new series (The Dacians) but fits somewhat into the Immortals After Dark world that she has created. Trehan, our hero, first shows up in Lothaire as a cousin to the Enemy of Old. He’s mysterious, deadly, and likes to lurk in the shadows. Not the best hero material, but my goodness was I wrong.
    We’ve met Trehan before but our heroine Bettina was new. Bettina, a half sorceri/half demon child of royalty, is young and poised on the precipice of gaining her power as Queen. However, just shortly before gaining immortality she is attacked and nearly killed by her family’s mortal enemies. In an effort to protect her and ultimately her future kingdom, a fight to the death is arranged for worthy males to help her find her husband.
    Where does our unhappy assassin fit into that dynamic? On a mission to kill a demon who had entered the mysterious land of shadows, Trehan encounters Bettina. As you can imagine, he is shocked when he finds out she is his bride (mate). So what happens when a sheltered princess, who by the way may or may not already be in love with a different demon who is totally unworthy of her, falls for a mysterious assassin vampire who has never loved in his life?? Shadow’s Claim delves into all of that and so much more.
    This title has it all. A handsome and complex hero, a strong heroine coming into her own powers and being, a tumultuous romance, heart stopping action and a completely satisfying ending all come together to create a wonderful start to a new series and add new dimensions to the already diverse IAD universe. All I can say is that I’m already counting down the days until the next release.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    I'm a huge Kresley fan, but I was disappointed by Shadow's Clai

    I'm a huge Kresley fan, but I was disappointed by Shadow's Claim. I read Kresley because I don't like the typical romance novel female main character. Usually she writes smart and capable female characters, but not so in Shadow's Claim. Bettina was whiney, immature, and so dependent on Trehan to figure herself out. Ultimately it was hard for me to actually want for her to end up with Trehan because he was likeable. The best parts of this book were the teasers for Thronos and Lanthe’s story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    4 1/2 stars.

    Half off for Bettina and Cas. Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy. Whiney, whiney, whiney. And a great big Vicky Secret drop for Trehan! YEE-HAW! Love me some Dacianos!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

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    If I had to pick my favorite author of all time it would be Kres

    If I had to pick my favorite author of all time it would be Kresley Cole. I love the Immortals After Dark series, from which Shadow’s Claim is spin off, and have been looking forward to this book for months.




    Shadow’s Claim is the first book of The Dacians. The Dacians are the mythical vampires of Dacia. They are so secretive and protective of their home that nobody in the Lore knows for sure if they even exist. Trehan is the sword of Dacia, that basically means that he is the prince of the assassin line of the royal family. He is a cold, detached killer going through the motions of life but feeling nothing. It’s a bit of a cliche in the paranormal romance genre but it works well in this book.




    Bettina is the half-demon, half-sorceress princess in the Demonarchy of Abbadon, the home of the death demons. Bettina is next in line to the throne of the Demonarchy. She is broken and disheartened after being attacked and almost killed. The most devastating part of that attack is that they also stole her power. I was sympatheic to her and liked her most of the time, though some of her actions and decisions did make me want to strangle her.




    What I love so much about Kresley Cole’s books is that they have a really strong paranormal plot as well a steamy romance brewing at the same time. It’s what I expect with her books and I wasn’t let down with Shadow’s Claim. I loved the storyline of an immortal tournament open to all members of the Lore. Such a wide variety of paranormal creatures battling for for the right to rule Abbadon and marry Bettina was exciting. I also loved the guest appearances from familiar favorites like Lothaire & Elizabeth, Sabine and my favorite Valkyrie, Nix.




    The romance between Trehan and Bettina was good. I really liked Trehan and was pulling for him to be the winner of the tournament. The guy sacrificed everything to be with Bettina, how can anyone not adore him!? The one-sided love Bettina had going with Caspion got old quickly. I can understand loyalty, but Bettina was blinded by it and that led to a lot of my frustration with her. As much as she annoyed me, it did make for an interesting romance. My only major issue with the book was Bettina. I kept thinking she would eventually take responsibility for her actions and make a genuine gesture proving herself worthy of Trehan. She never did enough to win me over. I ended the book loving Trehan and only tolerating Bettina.




    Despite that, it’s a great book and this series is definitely worth reading. I recommend it to readers who like a steamy romance with a strong paranormal element.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    It was alright, lacked the same Kresley Cole commentary from ear

    It was alright, lacked the same Kresley Cole commentary from earlier novels but thats probably because Nix only showed up briefly as did Lothaire. Humor was limited but I did like the new Dacia characters. Still waiting for Lanthe/Thronos novel (which will probably be in fall 2013)and of course Nix (but thatll probably be the last one, not sure if I want it to end!). All in all, a good read but nothing worth reading over again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Fantastic!

    Oh how i loved this story. I enjoyed how it seemed to take from the last book and continue on with the new characters. I look forward to the next book. The characters are addicting and leave you wanting for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Loved it!

    I have read all of the books on this series and i have loved every one! Can't wait fot the next

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Stonepelt

    Pads in

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    Love this author and love all her books. I loved this story and

    Love this author and love all her books. I loved this story and the characters almost as much as Hunger like no other. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Riveting!

    So much fun to read. Sad when it was over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Great story

    As always, Kresley Cole delivers with great characters, story line and humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Wrong title below meant people who love her immortals after dark will enjoy.

    I did want to add like a reviewer befor me it dragged a bit in the beginning i too owned it quite some time. But really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    I have read many romance books in detail.  This book just kept d

    I have read many romance books in detail.  This book just kept dragging on, I found my self skipping dozen of pages at a time..... Get to the point already.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Absolutely LOVED this book and couldnt put it down! Kresley Cole

    Absolutely LOVED this book and couldnt put it down!
    Kresley Cole is one of my all time favorite authors, but I have to admit that at first I struggled to get into this book. I even owned it on my Nook for months before finally committing to reading it and once I started....I couldnt STOP! It was an absolute page turner for me! I loved everything about the battle scenes and charaters. Such a great story teller!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    The Dacians are an intriguing new group of charcters! I look forward to the next installment.

    I really liked the new group of characters, the Dacians. Trehan and Bett were enjoyable, but I think I'm even more.interested in Viktor's story. Can't wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Sorry, but this was just boring

    I wanted to like this book, but there is just nothing there. Heroine came off whiny. Hero was just wooden. The world building while beautifully written, but was just too heavy and became tedius. I can not understand how this won the rita.especially since it went up against lothaire. Which was by far a better read. Perhaps the judges should consider reading the entire book instead of just the first fifty pages. It was page 66 where i gave up and realized this was not going to be engaging. A lot of beautifully written world building does not replace engaging characters and an interesting story.

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