ARC Review : Blade Song by J.C. Daniels

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July 12, 2012 by thebookslayer

Blade Song by J.C. Daniels

Release Date : August 1st

Blade SongKit 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…

This cover screams of a women on a mission who will kick your ass if you get in her way. Well I have to say that the story did not disappoint. Kit Colbana reminded me Kate Daniels which is huge for me since the Kate Daniels series is one of my favorites. I can only hope that this means good things are in store for the next book as well.

Let’s get down to business

“My sword arm is mighty.

I will not fail.

My aim is true.

My heart is strong.

I’m the descendant of some legendary badasses…”

 

This is Kit’s motto and code of arms. She was raised with the understanding that she was a nobody, nothing to her family. She is a half-blood and her Maternal Grandmother, who took care of her, made sure that she understood what a disgrace to the family she was. Talk about a Cinderella story except this girl fought tooth and nail to become who she is and to be free. She did not need Prince Charming to rescue her, just determination and pure strength of human will.

Throughout the book we get to see glimpses of her childhood and it is not pretty. She was beaten on a regular basis by her Grandmother and locked up constantly. She was degraded and made to wear rags, literally. She decided to try to enter the school her mother and all Aneira’s (assassins) train from a young age. No one thought she could do it and survive, but she did. Yeah, maybe she ran away when she was 15 but who wouldn’t want to get the hell out of dodge with that crap.

Many years later she is running her own business where she tracks missing people down. The office scene had the same feel as the office scene from the first book in the Anita Blake series. But Kit wins my vote for badass any day compared to Anita, sorry it’s the truth.

Kit is in her office and SURPRISE we have a sexy man standing by the door. She can tell that he is a shifter. Her aneria blood seems to help with reading people as well as being able to assess situations that might arise. What can I say,

“We were good assassins because we could understand our marks, learn them, know them and figure out the best way to kill them.”

That shit is cool.

Mystery man decides to play with her a little.

“…his teeth flashing white against the darkness of his skin. I started thinking about the Chesire cat.
Bingo. Not a wolf. A cat. Even as I thought it, I could almost see that lazy energy around him flex its claws and stretch, giving me a feline smile.”

Apparently the cat shifters “were insane and dangerous.” The mystery man has come on behalf of the Cat Pack to ask for her help with tracking down a teen shifter. The problem is that Kit couldn’t turn down this shifter because he just happens to be the Queen B’s right hand man. Oh yeah her day went from crap to shitty.  In the words of Kit…

“… if I accepted a job from the cat pack, it was pretty much CYA: cover your ass.”
 

Accepting the job was her only option which means Kit now has a babysitter to help with this project she has to take on and thy name is Damon. The man is

“practically a visual orgasm.” 
 

Mystery Man also has the goods to back up his Badassness. So I have to say…

Welcome Damon to Badass Hall of Fame!

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Alright now that I have your attention, don’t forget to wipe the drool off your computer screen and come back to me. Okay. So now you have met our kick-ass heroine and hero. We see that this story is going to take us on a ride trying to track down a run away teen. I know it just gets better and better.

Oh did I mention that she is also being stalked by a very old vampire. Jude Whittier is someone from her past she would gladly leave behind but the man is persistent. He not only shows up in her dreams but makes several house calls. This winds up with some serious testosterone flinging between Alpha Cat and Alpha Vamp. Good Times all around!

The Journey

Kit and Damon get to make a few personal visits to the Queen B, yikes, and stop by the missing teen’s usual haunts in hopes of finding some clues. But as you can guess what they do find does not look pretty. When Kit catches a break in the case she manages to go from the hunter to the hunted. I am telling you this book kept twisting and turning.

There is plenty of humor to be found and friendships made. I loved how J.C. Daniels portrays the witch clans as well. The one they visit shares a house, a magical expanding house, and all seem to come together to support those in need.

Shifters, Vampires, and Witches abound with plenty of ass kicking for all. There is a bar scene and enough sexual tension between Kit and Damon to set the room on fire. You don’t want to miss this new series by J.C. Daniels aka Shiloh Walker.

Remember that not everything is as it seems. 

Recommendation : If you are a fan of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews give this book a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. If you are unfamiliar with that series it’s okay. If you like some serious ass kicking and watching the underdog rise to the top than it’s for you. Don’t forget sexy Shifters are abundant in this book as well!
Rated :

I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review. 

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