Review: Blade Song by J. C. Daniels

Posted 21 August, 2012 by Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side in Reviews / 1 Comment

Blade Song by J. C. Daniels
Series: Colbana Files#1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by: Shiloh Walker Inc. on August 1, 2012
Format: eARC
Pages: 174
Source: NetGalley
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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...

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


A headstrong heroine in a dark and gritty paranormal world of shifters!

As a warrior descendant of a powerful ancient race, Kit Colbana doesn’t have a soft spot for much in the dangerous world she lives in, except when it comes to kids. When she’s sought out by a sexy shifter (Damon) for a new job involving his Alpha’s nephew, Kit doesn’t hesitate, despite knowing the potential threat she faces on this case. With Damon playing bodyguard and enemies at every turn, this might be the job to put the infamous Kit out of business, permanently.

If I had to sum up Blade Song in just one word it would be intense. What starts off as a simple job for Kit quickly turns into a whirlwind of paranormal mayhem and countless life endangering situations! Kit is a tortured heroine if I’ve ever met one…

As a half-breed she’s never been fully accepted by her own and had to constantly prove herself, molding her into a woman who has no real emotional attachment to anything but the sword she wields. She has no real friends and is thrown into an unexpected love triangle with two men, shifter Damon and the vampire Jude, who she doesn’t fully trust. While I love a strong and mouthy heroine, Kit was a little too rough around the edges for me when it comes to her mouth, but not her actions. She finds herself in situations where I expected to see the feisty side shine, but all I got was all bark and no bite from her for most of the story. As the story developed I found myself warming up to her character and all the trials she’s had to endure.

“It was a seductive thing, full of promise. Full of warmth and wonder and lies.” 

One of the great elements of Blade Song is how the romance is woven into the plot but doesn’t overpower the story. The possible two love interests of Damon and Jude make Kit’s already exciting life that more entertaining. Jude is introduced as a vampire that’s saved her in the past and has invaded her dreams ever since. When he finds out who Kit is working for, he advises her to be careful and decides to offer her his protection in the form of a blood pact. Jude is very charismatic but there’s a dark side to him you can’t help but be wary of. The second Alpha male in the story, Damon, is quite detestable in the first few chapters. A clash of personalities makes for great tension between the two men and Kit, and at times you don’t know whether you want them to end up together or kill each other! Damon is not your usual hero, he’s dominant and physical with Kit but slowly worked his way to redeeming himself by the story’s end.

“I’m part of the package, kitten. Your bodyguard, babysitter and tattle-tale, all rolled into one.” Flashing his teeth at me, he added, “Aren’t you pleased?”

The world of humans and non-humans created by Ms. Daniels is edgy, unapologetic and full of suspenseful twists. The heroine is flawed, the men are dark and the action is non-stop…making it a well balanced read. With plenty of mystery and personality, Blade Song is a debut that will be a sure hit for urban fantasy newcomers and fans alike. Her reckless behavior and vulnerability demonstrate Kit is one heroine who will undoubtedly leave her mark on readers!


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