Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Broken Blade by J.C. Daniels [Review]

Broken Blade (Colbana Files #3) by J.C. Daniels
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Shiloh Walker through NetGalley
Date read: December 7, 2013

Colbana Files
1. Blade Song
2. Night Blade
3. Broken Blade - Kindle

J.C. Daniels
(J.C. Daniels is a pen name for Shiloh Walker)
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
Thoughts on Broken Blade: After the eviscerating ending of book 2, I was a little scared to pick up this book. Seriously, book 2 gutted me. I was a wreck after reading it. Fortunately for me, this book took all the horror and heartache of book 2 and gave Kit the chance to come to terms with what happened to her. She's not healed and she's not nearly back to who she was before, but she's dealing with it.

This book picks up four months after book 2. Kit's a wreck. In her mind, she's irreparably shattered and going through the motions every day is tough. Good thing she has friends who give her the space to pull herself back together as best she can before giving her the push to get back into the world.

Meanwhile, Damon and his cats are dealing with a different kind of pain. In their minds, they all let her down. None of them were there when she was taken and they all blame themselves. None more than Damon. Given the bond between Damon and Kit, his guilt must be epic. For the record, I loved their interactions. The two of them aren't whole right now but their both trying and it was incredible to watch.

While the focus of this book is on Kit remaking herself, there's some great mythology laid out as to where the supernaturals came from and what it might mean down the line. I'm also intrigued by all the information Justin laid on Kit. It looks like we're going to see some big things happening in this world in the future. Big things.

Hopefully, Kit can find a balance within herself before she jumps headfirst into those things.

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