Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Stroke of Dumb Luck by Shiloh Walker [Review]

 A Stroke of Dumb Luck by Shiloh WAlker
A Stroke of Dumb Luck (Colbana Files #0.5) by Shiloh Walker/J.C. Daniels
Format: ebook
Source: free read on the Tor.com website
Date read: January 25, 2015

Colbana Files
0.5. A Stroke of Dumb Luck - Kindle
0.6. Bladed Magic
1. Blade Song [Double Take Review]
2. Night Blade
3. Broken Blade
4. Edged Blade

J.C. Daniels
(J.C. Daniels is a pen name for Shiloh Walker)
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
When a teenaged girl goes missing, her mother calls Kit Colbana, scion of an ancient line of warriors -- unfortunately, Kit's heritage doesn't impress the local wererats much. They're determined to make the girl one of their own, and Kit is going to need a big sword, a bright flashlight, and a helpful vampire to get her back.
Thoughts on A Stroke of Dumb Luck: The Colbana Files is one of my planned rereads this year. I reread book 1 and loved it all over again. Then I eyeballed book 2 and was hit by how gut-wrenching it was and decided to hit the short stories instead.

Ha. Right. Joke's on me, isn't it? This one has Jude in it. Jude, the one who does bad, bad things later on. *whimpers*

As an overall introduction to the world, this story worked nicely. We meet Kit and we get to see some of the crazy that she throws herself into with alarming regularity. The structure of the non-human society is touched on just enough that you know there's more out there.

And we meet Jude.

Really, though, this is Kit's story. And Kit's on the sort of suicide mission Kit is infamous for. Given her past (touched on in this story, expanded as the series progresses), she can't turn her back on a sick teenage girl. No matter that she's outmatched, out numbered, and out-clawed.

Kit's not one to sit idly by when something needs doing.

I have one more short story to go and then I'm going to have to break down and read book 2, aren't I? No worries. I can do this.

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