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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,722 ratings  ·  410 reviews
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.


ebook, 174 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Shiloh Walker, Inc
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Mar 26, 2015 ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My worst enemy.
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Not Sirantha Jax.
BR with Angela, Brigid, Marta, Robin, cathepsut, Jessica, Jo, Catherine, Lege and the BBB gang starting March 23, 2015.

DNF at 52%.

Be happy little vultures, we have another addition to the DNF graveyard! And let me tell you, this one is a real winner.

Before I start, I would like to point out that I'm in a very lenient mood today so I won't even mention the Kate Daniels similarities here. Besides:
1/ The book is bad enough as it is.
2/ I don't have all day.

And the Most Boring Book of the Year Awa
Aug 15, 2012 Layla rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Layla by: Goodreads
My rating: 1/5 stars
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
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

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
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

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
Kat Kennedy
Blade Song is one of those rare creatures. Just when I think I can't possibly take yet another Urban Fantasy, kick ass female investigator working amongst pushy, powerful Supes - this one comes in and knocks me around.

In an overcrowded market of very similar stories, Blade Song manages to be fun, entertaining and highly enjoyable! Especially for fans of Kate Daniels waiting for another novel.

Kit is an intelligent, strong protagonist - Damon's your usual alpha male hunk and there is mystery a'foo
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Oh dear.

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' eleme
Jen (Red Hot Books)
4.5 Stars
OK, Urban Fantasy fans, listen up. I have a premise for you. It involves a woman with a magical sword. She is part human, but has supernatural blood in her veins. Though she is not as strong as some of the paranormal beings around her, she is more than she appears. She is often underestimated. She's a bit cut off, emotionally. Her childhood was miserable, filled with training and bloodshed. She's sort of a gun for hire now... well, a sword for hire. And her life begins to change with th
Mar 24, 2015 Jaime marked it as dnf
DNF 6%

Not even sorry.
2.5 stars. I picked this up because of the reviews comparing it to the Kate Daniels series. In fact it's a very pale imitation. (Almost a rip-off in fact.) There is little world building, minimal action scenes, the villains were unconvincing and the major one was killed off-page in one of the most anti-climactic endings I've read in a while. The first half of the novel is overwhelmed by the heroines constant, repetitive, angry, defensive inner monologue and her memories of her abusive grandmot ...more
Ugh. The repetitive dialogue drove me nuts, the same words and thoughts regurgigated ad nauseum throughout the book. If someone said "damn it!" one more time, I was gonna scream. Or commit murder. Or both. And don't even get me started on Kit & Damon's relationship. Blech. I didn't like them. At all.

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
Sucked in to this book from the first page. There's a free sample here on GRs and I hadn't read maybe 15 pages when I knew I had to buy it.

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
5 stars

An amazing start to what looks to be a promising urban fantasy series.

Kit Colbana is a PI working out of a shifty part of Orlando. Now what most people don't realize is that she is not fully human, she is also part aneira, a warrior race (thinks Amazons, only more cruel). Their motto goes something like this:
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My sword arm is mighty.
I will not falter.
I will not fail.
My aim is true.
My heart is strong.

She has some issues of her own, but nothing beats being summoned by My Lady,
Kit Colbana is a private investigator in the grand hard-boiled tradition. She's struggling to make ends meet, but refuses to take work from any quarter which she knows will only bring more trouble to her than benefit, like the vampires. She also generally avoids were-cats, but when the case that's brought to her – by a drop-dead gorgeous shapeshifter named Damon – involves a boy, a sixteen-year-old in the throes of his first change, which means he's a mess – and now he's missing. She should walk ...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Rating: 3.5

Orlando, Florida, Modern Day

Half-breed Kit Colbana, an investigator, needs work desperately to keep her business open. A job walks through her door and her gut warns it’s bad, bad, bad! The Cat Pack’s Alpha teenage ward is missing and she wants him found immediately. Kit has a soft spot for children, and taking the Alpha’smoney requires a successful recovery if she wants to live. Resources from her runaway past connect this case to several missing changeling children. With the help of
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Meet Kit Colbana – a half human, half Aneira assassin and the newest, baddest UF heroine to hit the block! In BLADE SONG, JC Daniels introduces a new paranormal world where shifters, vampires and witches roam yet Kit remains the most dangerous person of them all.

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
I wanted to like like it but just no.

1. The world building: it's a world similar to Kate Daniels, full of witches and vamps and shifters but so uninspired and dull that it was boring as hell and unoriginal.

2. The characters: he is an asshole and she is an idiot pushover.

3. Which leads me to the romance: not romantic.

DNFed at 55% because of the above mentioned idiocy that you will find in this book.

Jacob Proffitt
This was a very pleasant surprise. I liked Kit almost immediately. she's completely out of her league in the monster arena, but she knows that and plans accordingly. It was also surprising that I didn't mind her lipping off all the time. There were definitely times when she would have been better keeping her mouth shut, but I couldn't help admiring her determination to stand up against evil and call it what it is.

I'm having trouble writing about the other elements of the story. The magical being

Kit Colbana is half human and half aneira (amazon warrior), she is an investigater but is struggling to find work. Enter Damon, a werecat who offers Kit a job to find a missing boy. Kit is reluctant to work with the insanely dangerous werecats but can't afford to turn down the money. The cat alpha assigns Damon as Kit's bodyguard and warns Kit that if she should fail in finding the missing boy who happens to be the alpha's nephew then she will be killed. Kit and Damon form an uneasy truc
I’m going with a 4 on this new series about a half breed assassin Kit Colbana. I received a pre-editing copy from Netgalley which had some technical issues that I hope get resolved for the final book and the 4 is contingent on that.

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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.5
*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
Guys, I was blown away by this book. I stayed up reading until I literally couldn't focus anymore, grabbed a few hours of sleep and finished up as soon as I woke up the next morning. I was completely in love with the total snark that Kit and Damon were tossing back and forth. I was completely in love with the tension - OMG! THE TENSION - between the two of them. I loved the way the snippets of Kit's life as a child were dribbled to us to help us understand why she's as reckless and driven as she ...more
Samina ~ Escapism~
5 out of 5 stars

Kit Colbana is a private investigator in the world inhabited by witches, shape shifters. Vampire and also including the rest of the paranormal creatures. She make an alright living trying to keep her head down and remain as invisible as possible. She is running away from her past and she doesn’t want attention. She has managed well so far but her luck may be running out. She is approached with the task of finding a 15 year old shape shifter but the catch is he is the nephew of th
At first, I was a little bit afraid that Blade Song was going to be just a bad copy of Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels. After all, the main character, Kit Colbana, is a witch (sorta kinda) with an interesting heritage, insane evil relatives and immunity to werevirus. She owns her own investigation agency, takes on all kinds of strange jobs and often suffers from money problems. She can kick-ass with her unique blade, she can do some strange magic and she can be extremely sarcastic. Then she is forc ...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Review @ Under the Covers

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
This was freakin' awesome. I loved Kit. She is flawed and damaged but you cannot help but root for her from page one. She's a tough cookie - a half breed - in a world where that in itself makes you a target. I love her character. She might occasionally be outgunned and knows it, but the trauma she has overcome won't let her show it. She also possesses her mother's sword, and while I won't give away all the emotions and complexities that go along with it, it's a powerful part of who she is.

Jane Stewart
Didn’t work for me. I skimmed parts.

It was not well plotted. Things felt thrown together instead of building into each other. The end was not satisfying. You learn who the bad guys were but most of them were not caught or punished. There was a chase with a couple bad guy deaths, but I had no excited winning feeling. An unrelated bad leader was killed, but that was off stage. I would have liked seeing it.

Kit and Damon have a romantic ending. But I didn’t see them getting to like each other. Kit d
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Amanda The Book Slayer
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4.5 Stars

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!

This cover screams of a women on a mission who will kick your ass if you get in he
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