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Tuesday 31 July 2012

ARC Review: Blade Song by J.C. Daniels

Blade Song
by J.C. Daniels
Kit Colbana #1

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 Daniels series (one of my favourites!) from the loner heroine with a tough chick attitude but a soft heart and the cocky arrogant cat shifter who becomes a love interest. I doubt I will be the only person who makes this comparisons but don't worry, it wasn't a carbon copy with just the names changed so don't let that put you off giving this book a try, it is well worth it.

Like any good UF, it had an exciting new world; it wasn't anything completely original we have vampires, shifters and witches populating the earth; pretty standard fare, but despite that, the world was rich and we were given enough detail to keep it interesting without bogging you down in too much information.

In this new world full of supernatural races that are strong, fast and full of magic Kit isn't as strong or fast, she is a bit of an underdog, but what she does have is intelligence, resourcefulness and a very shiny sharp silver sword. All these things and a dash of sarcasm and a bucketful of bravery is why I liked her so much and a big part of why I loved the book. I also need to mention Damon, I admit I didn't like him at first, but he grows on you as Kit's feelings start to change and although he doesn't have Curran's magnetism, I still went all starry eyed for him by the end, I really think J C Daniel's should introduce naked Tuesdays for him in the next book.

The only problem I really had was that it took a while to start up, but it was a first book in the series so I can understand that, and I found the more I read, the more I loved it, and conversely I think the relationship between Damon and Kit happened way to fast. Although they still have their issues, it suddenly felt warp speed from them hating each other for the first 80% of the book to...other things in the last 20%.

But really all I can say about this book is....WOW! I loved it. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but what I got was the start of an Urban Fantasy series that I can't wait to sink my teeth into and after finishing Blade Song I am impatiently waiting the next book! 

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