Expected Release Date: January 6, 2013
Publisher: Shiloh Walker, Inc.
Author’s Website: http://jcdanielsblog.com
My Source for This Book: Netgalley (AND purchased on Amazon)
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Colbana Files
Series Best Read In Order: YES.
Steam Level: Chaste
Pet Peeves: None
Favorite Tropes: Tattoos, Realistic Recovery Times, More than one male protagonist but no real love triangle
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.
I’ve tried very hard to make this a spoiler-free review. I probably didn’t succeed very well. Read at your own risk. 😉
G-d I love this series. There aren’t many times that I will purchase my own copy of the book after having received the Advanced Review Copy before the publishing date, but I gladly snagged a copy of this one from Amazon as soon as it was available, because I like to put my money where my mouth is, and this is a series I will support to the end.
First things first, I do think that it’s important to read, at bare minimum, Night Blade before picking this book up. There is so much that happens in that book that shapes Kit’s reality in this one that you’d be doing yourself a disservice in skipping it.
Once again, the author takes us on a hell of an emotional ride, but this time ending with a much more positive outlook than we ended on in Night Blade.
Don’t get me wrong, readers looking for a “quick fix” of Kit’s own personal issues stemming from the end of the previous book, or those expecting a lot of progression on the relationship between Kit and Damon may wish to wait until the next book is available, because Kit’s problems are not ones that can be magically fixed by a few kind words and soft kisses. She has a long way to go until she’s “all better”. But I will tell you that I have rarely been as emotionally invested in a fictional character as I am with Kit, and the progress that she does make — the victories as well as the losses that she experiences in this book, simply make my heart sing.
This is probably a little bit spoilery, so I’m marking it as such, but
One of the best things about this book was probably the pacing. It was perfect, covering so much material but never feeling rushed, nor did the action and emotional roller coaster lag.
The one thing that made me pause was the editing in a few spots — namely when talking about the blade called Death. His introduction had a few moments that felt a bit redundant, though on the re-read I can see how it was important to impress certain characteristics of his upon the reader. I did double check to make sure this hadn’t been changed in my Amazon copy before mentioning it, as my original notes come from reading a more loosely edited copy, and the part in question is identical. A minor issue, to be sure, but it was still something that jumped out at me enough to have made it into my notes.
I would also like to take a second to mention how much I love Justin. I admit that I didn’t care for him when he was first introduced into the series, mainly because I feared for the appearance of a love triangle, but I’m very happy to say that he’s completely exceeded all expectations I had for him. He’s not only a true friend to Kit when she so desperately needs one, but he’s an intriguing character as well. We get more information about his past as well as his abilities, and I have to say, I’m liking the progression that his character has made.
There are quite a few other gems that I’m avoiding mentioning in my review because I think they’re too much of a spoiler, but know that the characters you love in this series all play large parts. Some will break your heart, and others will help to heal them, and no, I won’t ruin things by telling you what to expect on those fronts.
On top of that are a few little dropped hints here and there, about both Kit’s aneira roots as well as her future in a world where Jude still exists, that I hope I’m reading right, because if so they’re going to be some incredible additions to future books.
This book had me cringing, gasping, crying, and cheering — not always in that order. I was very pleased that this book left us with a more hopeful note than the last one, and though I’m already dying to get my hands on the next book, I didn’t feel as though the ending were a true cliff-hanger, as the ending of Night Blade was.
Overall, I of course loved it. Recommended for fans of emotionally damaged heroines learning to live again, of kick-ass Urban Fantasy action, and of really fun twists on old mythology.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars