Title: Blade Song
Author: J.C. Daniels
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Colbana Files (Book 1)
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Format: ebook, 261 Pages
ISBN: 978-1617507779 (Shiloh Walker, Inc.)
Reviewed by: Sheila
Kit Colbana—half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades—has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake.
So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters—especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.
Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head. Or maybe it’s because if she fails—she’s dead.
If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay. Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…
Quick & Dirty: A dark and gritty tale of an assassin in a desperate search for a missing werewolf teenager.
Opening Sentence: My sword arm is mighty.
Warning: This book is not filled with roses and hearts. It is gritty, dark, and vulgar. That being said, go out and get this book! I haven’t enjoyed a story this dark and edgy in awhile. If you like Tuck’s Deacon Chalk’s toughness and Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels’ depth and sass, you are gonna love Kit Colbana.
Kit Colbana’s life has never been a walk in the park. She is a half-aneira, descended from the ancient warrior women better known as the Amazons. Her skills and strengths have led her to being a good assassin and all around people hunter. So when a shapeshifter comes in offering easy money to find a missing boy, it should have been a no brainer. Unfortunately, nothing about this job turns out to be easy; not the investigation, not the sexy and arrogant shifter assigned to “help”, and certainly not the memories that all of this brings to the forefront of Kit’s mind. Will she survive long enough to enjoy the fruits of her labor, or will she be another victim of NH politics far beyond her control?
Kit Colbana was abused as a child by the family that was supposed to protect her, all in the name of making her stronger and worthy of her mother’s heritage. Her past has shaped her into the warrior she is today. That being said, she has a soft spot for kids in bad situations. When she gets involved in a missing teenage shifter, Kit pulls out all the stops to find him before it’s too late. She is a strong character that has a highly developed sense of right and wrong. Even when her memories do their damnedest to crush her, she struggles through it so that she can finish the job. Her very life is at risk if she doesn’t find the boy, Drake, in time, but even a death sentence isn’t enough for her to up and leave him all alone. Her new partner on the other hand, is an unwanted distraction.
Damon Lee is an asshole. Assigned by his crazy cat Alpha to assist Kit in her investigation and tasked with keeping her safe from harm; too bad that there is no one to save her from him. He is gruff, has the social skills of an orangutan, and doesn’t want to get involved with anyone; let alone a woman that drives him insane. Kit brings out strong reactions from Damon. He comes to realize in less than a week that he will never want another woman like he wants her. He goes from not being able to stand her to not being able to stand the idea of being without her and makes every effort to make sure that she becomes his. I wonder how his rival, Jude the vampire, feels about that.
Jude Whittier is a very old and very powerful vampire that has a history with Kit. In typical vamp fashion, he considers her his and tries every dirty trick at his disposal to make it happen. Even though Kit knows he is not to be trusted, she will never believe the depths of his depravity. Can Kit stand against someone as powerful as Jude without losing her life and independence as a result?
The story itself is not centered on the romance aspect, but on the investigation itself. In Kit’s world, non humans, or NH’s for short, police themselves. Her human blood and fairly unknown aneira heritage make her seem less than strong in comparison to other supernaturals in her world. The constant underestimating by others allows her to usually come out on top in a conflict. It is this mixture of vulnerability and fortitude that make her the amazing character she is. Kit’s tenacity makes her one unforgettable woman, by anyone’s standards.
J.C. Daniels, better known as Shiloh Walker, has created a wondrous and exciting new world filled with hard-asses and high octane hotness. I highly recommend this new series to anyone that likes to ride the steel’s edge of Urban Fantasy.
“Whether or not my family can stand me doesn’t have much standing on my ability to do the job, now, does it?” I asked, forcing myself to stay focused on Kitty-cat Barbie. Losing focus with her around was a certain way to end up dead. “All that matters is if I can find him or not. Do you want me to try?”
“No.” She smiled and as she did, the incisors in her mouth lengthened. That was the only thing that changed and it was awful to see. Pure awful.
She continued to smile even as she lisped out, “I don’t want you to try, little warrior. I want you to do it.”
Then, as her teeth shifted back to normal, she came back and sat down. “You’ll find him, Colbana. And you’ll return him to us, unharmed. Or I’m going to come after you and rip out your heart. I’ll feast on it after I bury my nephew.” She said it in the exact same tone she’d asked me if I’d like sugar, and she said it while reaching for her damned tea cup.
The Colbana Files:
1. Blade Song
2. Night Blade
FTC Advisory: The author graciously provided me with a copy of Blade Song. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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