J. C. Daniels – Blade Song
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…
My Review: 5/5*
What an amazing introduction to the writing of J.C. Daniels aka Shiloh Walker. This novel was another of the gems which I was approved to read from NetGalley and I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read and review it beforehand. The novel begins with an introduction to our female protagonist, Kit, with her current financial troubles, past demons and extraordinary world in which she inhabits. Kit is a half breed who was rejected by her family following the death of her mother. Her vicious past in which she was beaten, tortured and trained by her grandmother led to her escape and the creation of her ‘assassin’/ investigation business. Although this initially is what helps her to cope with her past, she soon comes to realise that her weakness – missing or injured children – will play a huge part in the risking of her life and everything she has fought to stabilise in her hectic life.
We are almost immediately introduced to the irritating but alluring shape shifter; Damon. The name in itself summarises what this man was to Kit at the beginning – her own personal De… sorry, Damon. For at the least half of the novel he was an incredibly irritating figure, not just to Kit but also to me as a reader. He is a constant presence in her life whether she is visiting supernatural friends, various potentially helpful people or even sleeping. He is arrogant, hot-headed and incredibly invasive of the whole personal space bubble people have going on! I will openly admit that the whole way through the first half of the novel I could not stand him. It was amazing how much he irritated me that he assumingly gave off the impression of his lack of trust in Kit’s abilities to protect herself. His use of the term ‘baby girl’ in reference to her seemed condescending, belittling and truly, truly irritating. I found myself wishing that she would just stick him with her sword before I did it myself!
As the plot thickens we are introduced to various new characters from both Damon and Kit’s past, the key figures being Damon’s alpha kitty; Annette and Kit’s vampire Jude who has some serious stalking issues. Once we’ve witnessed the meeting of Kit and Annette, Damon and Jude it becomes clear that this investigation is not one which is going to run smoothly. Damon’s 100% certain that Jude is untrustworthy and most definitely plotting something in order to draw Kit into his inescapable claws. Kit is unable to bow down and play nice with the pack’s Alpha instantaneously making herself an enemy she could most certainly do without. If these conflicting relationships and problems weren’t enough, with Kit constantly fuming at the Alpha and Damon’s constant warnings and what appeared initially to be jealousy of Jude, we are confronted with the ultimatum of the deal set to Kit. Find the Alpha’s ward or die. As you can imagine, Kit was not overjoyed by the arrangement that she most certainly did not agree to. She was thrust into this by Damon who ignored any protests and once the money was accepted she was locked within a contract with what seemed to be an inevitably bloody outcome.
I’m not going to talk anymore about the plots development and the events which happen as I most certainly do not want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read it. (Which, if you love shape shifters, paranormal and kick-ass female protagonists you must 100% read this book!) But I will talk about the relationship which develops between Kit and Damon. The relationship which develops, although incredibly cliché to the genre, took me completely by surprise. Throughout the build-up of the novel, Kit and Damon are constantly arguing and basically wanting to decimate each other with Damon actually almost damaging her throat severely. In his defence, he was not aware that Kit was but a half-breed and we are made aware of his guilt throughout the book. Despite this, it is still clear that their partnership is not going to be one of ease. With both characters, especially Kit, hiding stuff from the other it seems apparent that as well as fighting against all those which are against them finding the ward, they will be locked in constant battle with each other. As the novel progresses, it was incredible to read how J.C. Daniels slowly builds up the trust between them, with Kit revealing her past and Damon revealing the form in which he shifts and the symbolism of these revelations. They are honesty one of my favourite literature couples! Who'd have thought I despised Damon in the early parts of the books?!
This book was an absolute privilege to read. Thank you Shiloh Walker Inc. and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this! My only disappointment is that this is the first of the series and soon to be released…. I have such a long wait for the second book!