Blade Song

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Blade Song

Colbana Files, #1

I thought that this was a great introduction to a new urban fantasy series which is liberally sprinkled with intriguing characters and invigorating fight scenes.  As usual, the author (JC Daniels, aka Shiloh Walker) displays an imaginative melding of magic and real-life complications which give authenticity to a tale that is a spellbinding journey of discovery.  Kit is one of those tortured heroines who doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit and her tenacity and willingness to stand up for those she believes in makes her an engaging character that one roots for even as the males in her life act according to arcane rules that only they themselves understand. I always enjoy self-reliant, kick-butt heroines and I am looking forward to more in this engaging series.

Blade Song by J.C. Daniels (Shiloh Walker) is the fantastic introduction to Kit Colbana, an individual with a myriad of interesting skills that blend magic and an tortuously obtained expertise with a variety of weapons.  Her half-breed status as a blend of Amazonian-type aneira and human is not accepted by those responsible for her upbringing but she has found a way to survive thus far.  A were-feline pack conscripts her to find a missing youngster who is about to go through puberty and shift for the first time and Kit is unable to refuse the assignment, despite her misgivings.  To make matters even worse, she is burdened with the presence of the alpha’s representative, a surly shifter named Damon, despite her strenuous protestations.  She is also fielding offers of assistance from a pushy vampire named Jude Whittier who is somehow invading her dreams ever since providing her with help six years prior.  Kit finds that her corner of Florida seems to be filled with complications as her investigation expands to include others who are part of the ANH (Assembly of Non Humans) and necessitates that she approach (carefully) very powerful witches.  Kit discovers that horrific circumstances may force her to accrue more allies than she ever imagined but the price may be far more than she is willing to pay.  Unfortunately, she  may have no choice if she wants to achieve her goals.  Whether that includes her survival remains in question.

Book Blurb for Blade Song

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...

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2012 4.50