Title: Blade Song
Author: J.C. Daniels
Series: Colbana Files, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Shiloh Walker
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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…”
Blade Song is the first book in the new series Colbana Files by J.C. Daniels (Shiloh Walker).
Since escaping her maternal family Kit Colbana has done all kind of jobs to survive. She is finally settled in Orlando working as a private investigator, but jobs are scarce and she is running out of money. When Kit is approached by the cat-shifter Damon with an offer of a job with a great pay she can’t say no, even though she despises to work for the Cats and their crazy bitch Alpha. Kit accepts the job not only for the money, but also because the job is to find a runaway kid, most precisely the Alpha’s nephew. Kit has a soft spot for kids, she can’t say no to jobs where kids are involved.
What Kit didn’t know was that this job came with Damon included. He will work next to her to help her find the kid, the only problem is that Kit can’t stand Damon, or at least she thought that was the only problem until she learned that if she fails to find the kid the bitch Alpha is planning to kill her. For Kit failure is not an option.
If you like strong heroines you will love Kit Colbana. She is half human, half Aneira (Amazon). She is a survivor and a fighter. Kit grew up with her maternal family who despised her for being a half-blooded. Since an early age she suffered from physical and psychological abuse by her grandmother, until she was strong enough to runaway and hide from her. But her past follows her wherever she goes and in the least expected moment she gets flashbacks from those days, it’s almost as if she suffers from PTSD. Still she doesn’t let that become a handicap, she uses it to be stronger and move forward, to prepare her to the day when she will encounter her grandmother again.
On the beginning of the book I hated Damon, he was rude, overbearing and broody. He obeyed the nutcase of his Alpha, even though some of her orders where completely unfair. But Damon is a lot more than what we first see, and page-by-page he starts to peel his layers and we start to see the real man (werecat) behind the façade he used to protect himself from his Alpha’s craziness. The more I saw the real Damon the more I liked him, almost to the point that I wanted to make him purr.
From the secondary characters there are couple that standout; one of them is the vampire Jude. Years ago Jude helped Kit in a case, since that day he has an obsession with her. Jude can invade her dreams without her consent and uses to his advantages, he also tricked her into giving him blood with the excuse that that was the only way for him to find her if she needed him to rescue her from a difficult situation. Jude’s intentions are no clear, we don’t know if he is friend or foe nor what is his real interest in Kit.
Other interesting characters were the witches that provide refuge and help to Kit. We meet many of them; they all have and array of different qualities and personalities, from the nice and sweet one to the murderous and cruel one.
The world Mrs. Daniels created in Blade Song is interesting and different from the rule. In this world for the last fifty years all the supernatural creatures live in the open, but encounters with humans have made the humans weary of them, for that reason supernaturals live segregated in certain cities. They have their own kind of government with their own of rules. Human police just intervene with them in extreme cases.
Mrs. Daniels (Walker) shows us her talent once more with her skillful writing, giving us enough information to learn about the characters and the new world she created. She does this in a way that is not overwhelming but well paced and very enthralling, keeping us glued to the pages. After reading Blade Song we have satisfactory knowledge of the world and characters, but we are left wanting for more. Blade song is a great first installment to a promising series, one I recommend to all Urban Fantasy lovers.
I’m looking forward to the release of the second installment of this series, Night Blade.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Stars
Other books in the series
Night Blade (TBA)
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