Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: Night Blade (Colbana Files #2)

Night Blade (Colbana Files #2)
by J.C. Daniels (aka Shiloh Walker)
Published: 3/4/2013
Published by: INscribe Digital
Urban Fantasy (Adult)

Kit Colbana is always biting off more than she can chew. She has a knack for finding trouble. This time, though, trouble finds her. Someone from her past drops a case into her lap that she just can’t refuse…literally.

People on the Council are dying left and right and she’s been requested to investigate the deaths. The number one suspect? Her lover, Damon. If she doesn’t clear his name, he gets a death sentence. Even if she succeeds? They still might try to execute him. Oh, and she’s not allowed to tell him about the case, either.

The stakes are high this time around, higher than they’ve ever been. Kit may be forced to pay the ultimate price to save her lover’s life…a price that could destroy her and everything she loves.

My Rating: 4 1/2 Coffee Cups

ARC provided to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First off let me start by saying if you haven't read the first book in this series, Blade Song, you need to get it and devour it NOW. Seriously, $4.29 (yeah I know, random amount) on Amazon, pick it up! This book catches you up as far as the story lines go, but you won't truly get the connection between the characters (be it love or hate) unless you read the first.

This book picks up about 4 months after the end of the first one. Damon is in the process of cleaning up Annette's mess of a cat clan as the new East Orlando Alpha. While he is being occupied by that, Kit's former flame and current Banner contact witch Justin approaches Kit about a case that he's been assigned to. It's a murder case of 5 Assembly member deaths and they are all pointing to Damon. Justin pulls Kit into the case in the hopes that if anyone can either a) find out if it is actually Damon or b) find a justifiable reason for the murders, it is Damon's love Kit. Oh and by the way she's not allowed to tell anyone the case she's working on. And by not allowed I mean the dude puts a hex on her making it so that even thinking about spilling the beans causes her physical pain and she literally CAN'T tell anyone. Oh and she also can't tell anyone about the hex either. Sounds fun huh? 

Along with the return of Colleen, you see some other familiar faces. Some have a deeper role than in the previous book and others are there just long enough to make you smile. Chang (the adolescent club house manager from the last book) is one who has a larger role. He becomes Damon's adviser and you realize just how close the two characters really are. Doyle also appears as a more in depth character as well. You are kind of annoyed by the large were-tiger at first, but by the end of the book you want to hug the furry guy hard.

Along with Kit's search for the truth, she has to deal with the outing of her and Damon's relationship. His clan (with the exception of Chang and Doyle) see her basically as his temporary little side piece. So, what does Damon do to rectify this? He bites her and marks her again- this time on the neck. And makes her sit in on a clan meeting in the hopes that everyone's eyesight will work. I will admit this was a pretty amusing scene.

Kit goes through one hell of a ride trying to unravel this case. She has to deal with everything from drug dealing wolves to freelance witches. Also, the guilt she feels for unwillingly keeping it from Damon is eating her alive. Without spoiling anything, the last 25% of this book squeezed my heart tight and didn't let go. Daniels had me running the spectrum of emotions at the end of this book. To see what Kit went through, man oh man.  

My only question is was the beginning scene in this book, the courier job she had, a sneak peek into what the next book will be about? Hmmm...


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