Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blade Song by J.C. Daniels

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…


What a great beginning! Blade Song has all the things I enjoy in a paranormal series - action, a smart, witty heroine, a touch of romance, and characters that keep me invested in what comes next. Right from the start I felt like I needed to know more, because Kit is such an interesting personality. Her origins are filled with abuse and it's left her damaged with a soft spot for other lost souls. When Damon walks into her office and pretty much guilts her into looking for his nephew, you just know things aren't going to go well.

From that point on there's a lot that happens - new characters, species, inter-species relationships (especially when it comes in relation to humans) but it never feels like an info dump. One thing seems to flow smoothly into the next so that when the bad guy is finally revealed I have to admit it was a surprised. There are plenty of moving parts and since it is the first book in a new series it's hard to keep track of hidden motivations.

I guess my only little complaint would be the relationship between Kit and Damon. I'm going to try not to be spoiler-y, but as much as I love acrimonious things rapidly change between them right near the end and I kind of felt cheated. They're such strong personalities that I wish more time had been taken in showing how things had evolved from the initial verbal sparks. Still I'm definitely looking forward to the next book and I think this has all the makings of a great new series!

Overall Feeling - B+

Series - 1) Blade Song 2) Night Blade (Winter 2013)