Yesterday I lounged about on Twitter talking about baking an angel food cake and all of a sudden Kresley Cole pops up in my timeline revealing a cover and info that got my blood pumping!! I knew she was going to do a spin-off from her IAD series but her foray in YA with Poison Princess isn’t grabbing me at the moment. Shadow's Claim however is me going rabid screaming; Want. Mine.Now.Yes, soooo good!!!! Kresley Cole definitely gave me a bookgasm of epic proportion and the pre-order button has been found and double clicked *wink*
I know just about every other fan/lover of this series has read the info by now but I just had to shout out…I can never be quiet when it comes to my bookgasms *wink* The cover made me think of Wolverine…something, I think it’s the feral look and the fierce pose of the cover model that makes me think of Wolverine. I’m just loving it! The blurb but most of all Kresley’s own input just tickles my imagination. I think the world this author has built, layer by layer, faction by faction, in her IAD series is paralleled by only a rare few!! Her quirky characters are the heart of this series and I can’t wait to meet more in this spin-off. I confess; Shadow’s Claim is definitely a huge incentive to read LOTHAIRE, which I haven’t read yet to my undying shame *hangs head*
New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole introduces The Dacians, a new paranormal romance collection 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....
Quote Kresley Cole from her facebook page:
Here it is, folks, the cover for SHADOW’S CLAIM! (11.27.12) I hope you love it as much as I do! [Below, I’ve got some more scoop on Trehan’s story and The Dacians Series in general] Background on the image: 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 Trehan Cristian Daciano to a T!
Background on the book: Trehan (the master assassin from LOTHAIRE) enters a blood-sport tournament for the hand of Princess Bettina (his halfling mate). I wanted to depict a hero who desires his heroine so much, he’s eager to run into the fray for her, to spit blood with a grin on his face--because with every blow he takes and gives, he’s one step closer to claiming her (of course, Bettina has a mind of her own, and things don’t go exactly as planned for poor Trehan).
The Dacians Series is a sub-series of the continuing Immortals After Dark, with a focus on the royal Daciano family of vampires. The new books will drive forward the overarching Lore plot and will feature IAD characters--some that we know and love, some we’ve heard about in passing (for instance, Morgana, Queen of the Sorceri, is one of Bettina’s guardians!) I hope you enjoy! :) To preorder, click here: amazonKreslye Cole on the www: website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Pre-Order @ BookDepo