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Blade Song (Colbana Files) by J.C. Daniels - Romance>Werewolves/Shifter
“Do yourself a favor and read this book. This story is original and hard-hitting with terrific world building and some of the best characters I’ve read. Yum.” Patricia Briggs, author of the #1 NYTimes Mercy Thompson series
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, 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…
Reader Rating: 4.7 (10 Ratings)
And it was getting dark.
As we cut back up the street, I had to admit that Keeli, whoever she was, just didn’t want to be found.
Maybe we’d try to come back—
I heard the low, wasted rasp of a voice and looked down the alley.
Damon caught my arm.
I stopped and glanced at him. I wasn’t an idiot.
Popping my wrist, I turned to the sound of the voice and waited.
A shadow moved. “Hear you’re looking for Keeli.”
“You’ve got good ears.” Or you’ve just been in the area for the past few hours, I thought sourly.
The shadow crept closer. Light reflected off a man’s face before he eased back into the shadow.
“I can tell you where to find her…but it will cost you.”
Wow. What a surprise, that.
Fishing a bill out of my pocket, I knelt down on the ground and found a rock. I wrapped the bill around it and tossed it into the alley. “There.”
Silence stretched out. “That’ll do, kid. But…trust me. You don’t want me shouting this news. You’re looking for news on the Alpha’s boy, right?”
Damon tensed at my back.
“What do you know?” I asked, staring into the alley.
I could see him.
Dirty face. Young. Grimy.
He smiled at me.
“I know all sorts of things, girl,” he murmured.
My skin crawled, but if he knew something…
I slid Damon another look. His eyes were glowing. His hand gripped my arm. But when I stepped forward, he was right there by me.
They went for him first.
Through the roar of blood in my ears, I heard Damon swearing. That was kind of funny. There were four of them and he was cussing them out?
But then one of them howled… A death scream. One that made the skin on my nape crawl as I slashed through the air with my blade.
She was made like a rapier, but heavier. I could hack away for hours if I had to, and the fool in front of me was bleeding from more cuts than even I could count; he was either too weak or too underfed to heal them well. He made another lunge at me and I drove the blade through his heart, twisting it and jerking upward. Skin smoked as it met the silver and I watched as the life in his eyes faded.
Jerking my blade free, I turned, braced for another attack.
All I saw was Damon. Walking toward me with blood dripping off him, falling in fat drops from his fingers.
“Show off,” I muttered.
A flash of white appeared in his face. I almost thought he was smiling.
But that faint smile was gone in another second as shadows came rushing at us from all around.
I found myself shoved to the ground.
There was a rumbling sound—something I couldn’t identify.
And another sound—one I could.
The ground was shaking, I thought. As I pushed up onto my elbows, I saw a giant shape rushing into the alley.
Hell was about to break loose.
Then a cat roared and I heard somebody scream. Maybe it already had.
As the fighting raged over my head, I rolled to the side and flexed my wrist. My blade was gone. I managed to get my back to the wall of the busted, broken building behind me, using it for support and shadow as I surveyed the mess in front of me.
Five, six, seven—yeah. Seven scraggly wolves fighting Goliath and Damon. The wolves had shifted. Damon and Goliath hadn’t. Two wolves were trying to take Goliath down and he casually caught one, ripped its head off. My gut went a little queasy at the sight.
The second one didn’t fare much better.
Damon wasn’t quite so casual.
But for every one they took down, several more came crawling out of the shadows.
What the hell—
Panting for breath, I flexed my wrist and called my blade.
Off to the side, I heard a snarl.
The wolf came for me just as I turned to face it.
I never even got my blade up.
Reader Reviews (8)
Submitted By: blueisland23 on Jan 10, 2016This is the first story in the Kit Colbana files series. I really enjoy this series not only due to the story line, characters and dialog but because it includes a number of different paranormal groups with something just a little bit more. Kit is a strong female character with just the right amount of vulnerability. I recommend this series but be prepared for a wait as each part of the series takes a while to be published.
Submitted By: lyjo46 on Jan 20, 2015It has a workable story line, the chemistry between the hero and heroine is ok.
Submitted By: fr_larsson on Jan 16, 2015Kit is Aneira, a warrior/assassin, but with a human dad, as a "half breed" - that makes her unwanted for her relatives and her grandmother isn´t afraid to let her know that. Now shifters wants to hire her to find a missing boy, and she gets an offer she´s unable to refuse, or escape from. An unwanted bodyguard and a vampire who wants to help her makes for an interesting adventure. Shifters, Vamps, action and a kick ass heroine who stands on her own two feet.
Submitted By: my2pisces on Jan 6, 2015This series is outstanding,buy them all!
Submitted By: hollins89 on Jan 8, 2013I loved this new book and start of series. It didn't have as much sex in it as other books, but it did have plenty of sexual tension and a very strong storyline. It's a very strong start with a well-developed cast, backstory, and plenty of action. She manages to make you care about these characters, and there are losses in characters that you care about. I look forward to her continuation of this story in the sequel.
Submitted By: roxrusk on Jan 5, 2013I really enjoyed this urban fantasy. Action packed, Romance, mystery, shifters.. There was a part that had me looking to see if there was a book prior to this.. and I could not find it... till now- A Stroke of Dumb Luck.. which I will check out. I have my calender marked for book2 of the Colbana Files- I highly recommend this series.
Submitted By: caledoniahawke on Jan 1, 2013I did not know quite what to expect when purchasing this book. Now I am waiting anxiously for the next installment. If you like shape shifters and magic add this to your book list.
Submitted By: tpowe1 on Jan 1, 2013Blade Song is a very enjoyable read and a great start to a new urban paranormal series. The characters and the world building are both very well-done. The female lead is strong with hints of vulnerability due to her upbringing. The secondary characters are memorable. I am looking forward to Book 2 - Night Blade - coming out in March.
Blade SongBy: J.C. Daniels