Saturday, December 10, 2016

Shadowed Blade by J.C. Daniels [Review]

 Shadowed Blade by J.C. Daniels
Shadowed Blade (Colbana Files #5) by J.C. Daniels
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: July 4, 2016

Colbana Files
0.5. A Stroke of Dumb Luck
0.6. Bladed Magic
1. Blade Song [Double Take Review]
2. Night Blade
3. Broken Blade
4. Edged Blade
4.5. Misery's Way
5. Shadowed Blade - Paperback | Kindle

J.C. Daniels
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Something wicked this way comes…

The arrival of a very important person in her office seemed to be the start of a lot of problems for Kit Colbana, investigator extraordinaire. Claiming that he needed somebody with her special skillset, he sends her on a series of jobs that made little to no sense until one culminated with both her and her partner, Justin barely escaping with their lives.

Back in Orlando, they go their separate ways to recover, Justin heading to the house of a local witch, while Kit returns to the Lair, where she’s recently been living with her lover Damon, the Alpha of the Southern Cat Clans.

There’s barely a chance for to catch her breath before trouble of the highest order comes knocking on her door. This time, it’s the form of a psychic by the name of Nova. Nova has bad, bad news…Justin has gone missing and so has the witch who was going to put him up while he healed. Colleen, one of Kit’s closest, dearest friends.

With all sorts of non-humans disappearing, fury doesn’t even touch what Kit is feeling as she heads out to hunt down the people responsible.

But Kit isn’t the only one out on a hunt…somebody is hunting for her…somebody Kit would rather never, ever see again.
Thoughts on Shadowed Blade: I REALLLLLY enjoy this series. Sure, it likes to shove a knife in your guts and twist it with painful accuracy, but it's a good type of hurt. The type that makes you cheer when the good guys survive bad things. Well, excluding that incredibly painful thing that happened in book 2. But, really, the healing that came after all the pain and bloodshed worked, so, yeah. This series is good.

Now, I like Kit's balls to the walls attitude when it comes to, umm, just about everything. She's willing to do whatever needs to be done to stop those aforementioned bad things from coming to fruition. That said, Damon takes an emotional beating with some of her actions this book. He says more than once that she pushes him to the edge and YEAH, SHE DOES. It's not so much what she does to him as the risks she takes with herself. The guy loves her to distraction and losing her would gut him.

This time around we got some answers about Kit's messed up family and an...is "unfracturing" a word? Because that's what it felt like happened. The damaged parts of her didn't necessarily heal, but the bonds were reforged and she unfractured.

I do recommend reading Misery's Way before this book. I think it will make the beginning a little less choppy since Frankie's part in Kit's story was somewhat glossed over here. It makes sense because Kit isn't in Frankie's head and doesn't quite know what she did and the novella clears some of that up.

I'm almost tempted to attempt to reread book 2 again. Maybe.

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