Blade Song (Colbana Files #1)
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.
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When I first sat down to write this review, I realized that I had a bit of a problem — how on earth was I going to rein in my inner Fangirl long enough to put together coherent sentences on just how fantastic this book was? I’m still not certain that I am able to do it justice, but suffice it to say, I loved this book. It easily ranks right up there with my adoration of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Jeaniene Fros...more
First line:“My sword arm is mighty.”
Favourite quote:“I will not falter. I will not fail. My aim is true. My heart is strong.”
Song of choice: Happy Pills by Norah Jones
Let me start by saying this: I did not like this book. If I would’ve had a shelf named Biggest Disappointment of the Year , this book would’ve taken the top place. I heard wonderful things about it, but the most deceiving one was that this book strongly resembled the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews. It does...more
Where do I begin? I was not impressed by this at all. I'm actually quite annoyed by it, because I feel like it took every Urban Fantasy trope and cliché and exaggerated them until it was a complete mockery of itself, more a spoof of my favourite genre than anything else.
Completely unauthentic and unoriginal. Yes, there's the blatantly obvious Kate Daniels rip-offs as others have mentioned, but that's not the only familiar thing I noticed by a long shot. I also saw some 'borrowed' elemen...more
Half human assassin and investigator Kit Colbana knows she is in for a world of trouble when she finds a powerful cat shifter, Damon, offering her a job from the crazy cat Alpha. But she needs the money and he takes advantage of her soft spot when he shows her the picture of the runaway kid he is looking for. But as Kit investigates, she realizes this is bigger then just one runaway teenager…
When I started reading Blade Song, it immediately reminded me of the Kate Daniel...more
Fans of Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs and Keri Arthur will get a kick out of his brand new series. With the prefect mixture of whip-smart dialogue, fuel-charged action and dynamic characters, only Daniels’ vast imagination can limit thi...more
This book has been compared by some to the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Yeah, in its dreams maybe. There's no comparison between the two. None, whatsoever. Kate wins, hands down, every...more
The story revolves around a half breed for hire assassin Kit Colbana. Kit is half aneria (a breed of warrior women) and half human. She ran away from the aneria because of the abusive leader of the aneria, her grandmother, never accepted her human side and tortured he...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
"My sword aim is mighty. I will not falter. I will not fail." Kit's mantra
Truth be told. I haven't read any of J.C. Daniels/Shiloh Walker's previous novels so I can't compare them to any other author I do follow regularly. However, after reading BLADE SONG, and hopefully it's sequel called NIGHT BLADE, I will end up going back and revisiting her other works sometime in the near future.
Daniel's world building was actually pleasantly surprising and interes...more
Kit is just a wonderfully strong heroine who has not had an easy life. As a half-breed she was severely mistreated by her mother's family and has major issues to overcome due to that abuse. She has a fair amount of luck and doesn't waver in her willingness to do the right thing even if it puts her in danger and seems stupid to outsiders. Her main weakness is a soft spot for kids.
Damon... how to describe this Alpha male... is just growly as all get o...more
A kick-ass heroine with a magic blade gets caught up in a no-win situation. A tried and tested UF fantasy plot with a heroine with similarities to other's, but strong enough to stand alone. I liked Kit and her furry friend (eventually) and I shall be reading more as soon as it becomes available.
No. Just no. Am I reading the same book as everyone else? This was awful across the board. A smattering of a (very) few good ideas, scant worldbuilding (and what is there is very unoriginal), and very poor execution coupled with two unlikeable protagonists make for a very unsatisfied Jessie. This is not going to be pretty. I'm pretty damn disappointed with this novel, as well as being supremely frustrated with it. I had passed this over several time...more
I was interested in this book because I had seen it being compared to the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews(Two authors and series that are my absolute favorites!!) I could definitely see the comparison but Blade Song shined all on its own. WOW...This book caught me right from the beginning and thoroughly entertained me until the very end. I didn't want this story to end and I could...more
Previously Titled Rules of the Game
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, o...more
I loved this story. I want more of Kit and Damon. I want to see Jude get what's coming to him. I love the witches. I'd also like to see what happens between Kit and her family (even more what Damon does to her family).
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I really loved this book. It is a new series. The main character is a harden warrior with a horrifying past. She was raised by a grandmother that resented her half-human blood and used to beat her to get her to break. This only made her str...more
There were two things that bothered me. The first one under cut. (view spoiler)[The first is the sudden switch...more
Blade Song begins when Kit gets a job offer from the cat shifters. She thinks everything will be alright she gets paid once she finds the kid who ran away. The problem is the alpha of the clan is a crazy woman literally. And she threatens Kit's life if she doesn't find the boy alive soon. Not only that but she has her enforcer Damon to help her, and be a body guard as well. At first Damon and Kit get off to a rocky start, and I do mean really rocky. But eve...more
A solid 4 star read for me!!
I went from reading a book with too many words to one with too little. This book needed many more words and pages. I enjoyed it very much but I would have liked more, especially since the author tends to leave things 'unsaid'. She just randomly stops and begins again after a time jump and I have to reorient myself again. I didn't mind it h...more
I have grown more and more cautious in my approach to new (to me) urban fantasy series. I love the genre with a fierceness that sometimes surprises me, but recently I’ve noticed it’s becoming harder and harder for new heroines and worlds to live up to my favorites. Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson are at the top of the list, for what it’s worth. It is a silly, to say nothing of unjust, way to look at it, I know. But there it is. I read a couple of your romant...more
-Kit, main character, had depth, smart-ass humor, interesting backstory, and some decent actiony m...more
The only real complaint I have is that...more
Kit is given the task of locating a young shape shifter, whom has either been kidnapped or is on the run, by the local Cat Alpha, who happens to be a psychotic b* named Annette. It is here that we meet Damon, Were-Leopard extraordin...more
This was brilliant urban fantasy. It had the basic three groups, shifters, vampires and witches. An added race was a nearly extinct and forgotten race of non human assassins called the Aneiris. The heroine was half Aneiris and half human so she was considered worthless to the Aneiris. She now worked as a private investigator. The story involves her being hir...more
My professional bio:
J.C. Daniels is the alter ego of author Shiloh Walker. J.C./Shiloh has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah...serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing just about every kind of rom...more