**New Release & Review** Claiming Thalia (Blood Maidens of Karthia #1) by Regine Abel

She was a pawn coveted by kings.

From the moment of her birth, Thalia has been groomed to become a Blood Maiden to a vampire. As a human born in one of the colonies of Karthia, Thalia’s extremely rare blood type is her ticket out of the life of poverty and hardship that normally befalls her species. During her first Blood Fair, she intends to entice the Vampire Lord Konstantin into claiming her. But unable to resist an unexpected offer, her long years of hard work and carefully planned future are derailed by a stunning, silver-eyed Lycan named Drogo.

Struck by a rare but deadly illness, King Drogo’s only chance of survival relies on securing some golden blood. Yet, the moment he sees Thalia, the rabid emotions the clever female awakens in him surpass even his thirst for her unique blood. But the Lycan King’s efforts to claim Thalia as his mate revive a century-old rivalry with his nemesis, Konstantin.

As the realm braces for a cataclysmic event, the clash between the two most powerful males of Karthia escalates. Will the battle to claim Thalia bring about her ultimate demise?

This book reads as standalone

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Nancy’s Review

This was a vampire and werewolf romance wrapped into one! Thalia is almost priceless because she has golden blood. In a world where humans are downtrodden, she will be set for life after obtaining a contract with a prominent vampire. (Although, that life will be shortened because of the toll being a Blood Maiden takes.) Konstantin, a powerful vampire, wants her because he wants to rule Karthia. King Drogo, a Lycan, is dying. Thalia is his only chance at retaining his role as king. Thalia finds herself in unexpected circumstances. She thought she wanted one thing, but Drogo’s offer is an attractive one. Claiming Thalia had some great fight scenes! I always love that about Abel’s books. The intricate plot surprised me on several occasions. I’ve got to say I loved Drogo and Thalia together. I’m a sucker for shifter romance and werewolves are at the top of my list! I’m looking forward to more in this series! 4 stars


Regine Abel is a fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi junky. Anything with a bit of magic, a touch of the unusual and definitely a lot of romance, will have her jumping for joy. Hot alien warriors meeting no-nonsense, kick-ass heroine give her warm fuzzies. Through her Veredian Chronicles series, Regine will take you to an exciting alien world full of mystery, action, passion and new beginnings. Follow Amalia and her Veredian sisters – enslaved, exploited and hunted – as they fight for their freedom and the right to love. In her Dark Tales series, Regine will make you rediscover the fairy tales of your youth in a sexy, dark, and twisted reimagining of the classics.

When not writing or reading, Regine surrenders to the other passion in her life: video games! As a professional Game Designer and Creative Director, her career has led her from her home in Canada to the US and various countries in Europe and Asia.


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