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Friday, January 10, 2014

Review: Broken Blade by J.C. Daniels


Title: Broken Blade
Author: J.C. Daniels
Series: Colbana Files, book 3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Shiloh Walker Inc.
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
*Warning: This book contains spoilers from previous books in the series*
“Kit Colbana: assassin, thief, investigator extraordinaire. Now broken. She always expected her past to catch up with her but never like this. Haunted by nightmares and stripped of her identity, she’s retreated to Wolf Haven, the no-man’s land where she found refuge years before. But while she might want to hide away from the rest of the world, the rest of the world isn't taking the hint.

Dragged kicking and screaming back into life, Kit is thrust head-first into an investigation surrounding the theft of an ancient relic...one that she wants nothing to do with. Her instincts tell her it’s a bad idea to just leave the relic lying about, but finding it might be just as bad.

Forced to face her nightmares, she uncovers hidden strength and comes face to face with one of the world’s original monsters.

If she survives the job, she won’t be the same...and neither will those closest to her.”
Broken Blade is the third book in the Colbana Files series by J.C. Daniels.

Let me start by saying Broken Blade shouldn’t be read as a stand-alone nor you should start this series with this book. Broken Blade needs to be read as a part of a series to really understand everything that is going on.

Broken Blade starts four months after the events in Night Blade (second book). Kit is still a mess and she hasn’t recovered from what Jude did to her. Since the moment she was rescued she has been living in Wolf Haven and has been under the care of TJ and Goliath. She is suffering from nightmares and everything scares her, she’s skittish like a little kitty, not even a shadow of her old self. The scars that mars her body doesn’t help, because they are a constant reminder for her and for others of what she went through. TJ wants her to get strong and knows hiding in wolf Haven is not helping, for that reason she asks Kit for help in a small case of finding the boyfriend of a pregnant young girl. That case takes Kit to Damon’s lair to confront some of his cats. What Kit wasn’t expecting was the reaction the cats have at seeing her, something she’s not ready to deal with, as she’s not ready to deal with Damon and the convulsed feelings she has towards him.
The small case turns more complicated than Kit was expecting, luckily for her she’s not alone, her friend Justin is by her side. He not only feels somehow responsible for what happened to her, but also needs something to do at the moment and what better thing that help Kit in anyway he can.
While all this is happening Damon is there, waiting for her and her forgiveness, something he’s not sure he deserves.

Broken Blade wasn’t an easy read; maybe not as tough as Night Blade, but still a pretty emotional one. In the first part Kit is completely broken, seeing her going through the nightmares, experiencing the fear and replaying over and over what Jude did to her wasn’t easy. Mrs. Daniels didn’t take any shortcuts here; she gave us a victim suffering from a very serious case of PTSD and with a very long road ahead to recovery. I felt for Kit and my heart ached from her.
Kit is also tired of being a victim, but she’s so broken she doesn’t know how to start to pick up the pieces. Luckily for her she has great friends that know her well and they help her put together the first pieces, so she can continue fixing herself slowly and at her own pace.

Kit still has feelings for Damon, it’s impossible not to have them, but at the same time she’s dealing with the abandonment and blaming him for her kidnapping and very late rescue. She also doesn’t feel worthy of love or anything after what Jude did to her. She feels dirty, badly used and abused and not deserving of love or anything good.

Damon knows he screwed up and is willing to do anything to get her back, even wait forever for her until she’s ready to deal with him. I like that he didn’t pressure her, he knows he needs to be patient and cannot rush Kit.

We learned some things about Justin, things that makes him good for Kit at the time. He loves her almost like a sister, knows her well and knows how to help her. He’s also a little broken so they understand each other better than any other could.

Doyle also plays an important role in this installment, we learned of his past, something that allows us to understand him better and I’m sure that will bring him closer to Kit.

The action that the case brings is engaging, with a good mix of mythology, magic and secrets to keep us glued to the pages without taking anything away from Kit’s recovery.

Broken Blade is a book about recovery, healing and the power of friendships and love, and more important is a book of hope, where Mrs. Daniels shows us that things can get better and the future is not as bleak as it seems.

All in all, Broken Blade is a great addition to an amazing series and one I can’t recommend you enough. If you like dark urban fantasy this book and this series is for you, but remember these books should be read in order to really experience to its full the wondrous series J.C. Daniels has given us.

My Verdict: 5 Paws

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8 comments:

  1. I put the first book on my wishlist! Everyone seems to be LURVING this one in particular :) Also I am a total dork and didn't realize that Shiloh was JC. Sometimes I am just dense.

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    1. This series is amazing. I'm pretty sure you are going to love it.

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  2. I love her contemporary novels & it sounds like this is a hit too. I just may have to binge read all three... tis the year of series binge reading for me!

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  3. Another series for my TBR :) or even maybe my audio library...I have to check.
    I have a new recommendation for you, Feral Sins, I hope you didn't read it already, because is great on audio :)

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  4. Yes... you all should read this series - it's only three books and very quick reads. But have tissues, chocolate and wine handy! It's a dark emotional ride, but not so bad that you feel like there is no hope. *sigh* love it!

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