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Blade Song (Colbana Files Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.C. Daniels
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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...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Walker, Inc. (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008G0R6GM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling but could be even better 14 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Blade Song begins a new urban fantasy series with a lead character named Kit Colbana. Kit runs her own PI firm that she is struggling to keep afloat. With her being half-human and half-aneira (a race similar to the Valkyries of legend), she has to be careful about what kind of jobs she takes. Kit has some nifty tricks, like being able to fade into invisibility and call her sword to her, but she isn't very strong or able to heal as rapidly as other supernaturals. When a sexy were-cat walks through her office door demanding she take a job to find a missing kid from his pack, she knows she's in trouble. Kit has a soft spot for kids and can't make herself say no, even though she should. With this group, failure won't be an option and it could be the last job she ever takes.

I must admit the first part of this novel didn't impress me much. There is a lot of backstory and info dumping that slows down the introduction of the plot. Kit comes off as the typical UF heroine with a horrific past and attitude to match. She talks trash even when she knows it's going to get her in trouble (which made me worry she was another TSTL character). Some of the dialog also came off as cheesy and made me want to roll my eyes. To make matters worse, there are typos/grammar mistakes every 5-10 pages that can be distracting.

Despite this, I pushed on because the narrative voice had something to it that I had to appreciate. I wanted to like Kit, flaws and all. The further I got into the novel, the easier it became to settle in and enjoy the story. Other sides of Kit came out that were admirable. She has a sense of justice and concern for helping the vulnerable and weak that you have to respect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite a few problems, a really good UF 6 Nov. 2012
By Houston
Format:Kindle Edition
Every reader has a few of those books- the ones that are, objectively, good, but not great; that have some notable highs, but have some notable problems; but that, for whatever reason, just strike a chord. `Blade Song' was one of those books for me.

An urban fantasy/paranormal romance, `Blade Song' centers around Kit Colbana, a private investigator who is coerced into searching for a missing shapeshifter teenager. Although Colbana has some tricks up her sleeve, and is descended from a race of Amazonian-like warrior women, she is far from superhero material. She isn't super strong or fast, isn't a fighter versed in 15 different martial arts, and isn't a genius who can immediately solve a problem. She is interestingly flawed and imperfect, but dedicated to her job, and good at the investigative aspects of PI work. Her counterpart is Damon, a member of the local shifter group who is shadowing her on the case. And just as Kit is not the stereotypically perfect heroine, Damon isn't the perfect hero. He's got the physical gifts of a shifter, but initially comes off as aggressive and nasty. It isn't banter and poorly-disguised-love-at-first-sight for Kit and Damon. There is animosity, anger, and the problems that one would expect from two people who don't trust one another, but who are forced to work together in a situation where a mistake by one will endanger the other.

Although not dark and angsty, the plot is also more realistic than many urban fantasies I've read. The missing teen's reasons for running away, and the problems he may have encountered, aren't pretty and aren't glossed over. The beginning of the book gave me hope for something that was a cross in tone between the light and easy story telling found in most UF/PR, and the gritty realism in darker UF/noir mysteries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colbana Files book 1 5 Sept. 2012
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Kit is half human and half Aneira (think Amazon warrior), she was trained by her family to become an assassin and thief but instead she has opened a PI firm and is struggling to make ends meet on her own. There has been a distinct lack of cases recently so when she is approached by the enforcer for the alpha of the local pack of cat shifters she reluctantly accepts the job. Working for the cats is madness - everyone knows the alpha is insane - but finding out that the job is to locate a missing teenage boy tugs at her heartstrings and she just can't say no. When she finds out that the penalty for failure is her death she realises that she may come to regret that decision, especially since it also means working in close contact with pack enforcer Damon. The job won't be an easy one but if anyone has the skills needed to get it done then it's Kit, she just needs to do it fast enough to keep the alpha happy.

I love urban fantasy so as soon as I heard about Blade Song I wanted to get my hands on a copy, thankfully I was approved for an advanced copy via Netgalley and I couldn't wait to get started. This is a fantastic start to a new series and I think it will appeal to fans of authors like Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs. I love the fact that Kit brings something new to the table in a genre that is crowded with vampires and shapeshifters. She is descended from a race of warriors and although she isn't the most physically powerful amongst the supernatural races she has a unique skill set and a special affinity with weapons that mean she isn't someone to be taken lightly. She had a difficult past with her family which has made her wary of trusting others but she is strong enough to stand on her own two feet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I really enjoyed this story and the characters should span out really well in future stories as Clobana gets her head on straight. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Nixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first chapter
Kit seems a strong confident woman, but she has her weaknesses, a half human /half aneri (amazon) she is not a member of either world, and her world is a dangerous place. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Huh...
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Haven't read any of the others in this series but the teaser at d end left me with a goofy smile on my face and I guess I just have to get that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Choices
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable paranormal fiction.
This was an excellent,entertaining read.Great heroine and a hot shape shifter love interest wrapped up in a action packed paranormal adventure. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aud1274
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced urban fantasy
I read this book way faster than I meant to. The story starts with Kit facing a man in her office. She knows he's a shapeshifter, he's a strong one, and he's someone she doesn't... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ailsa
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down.
Strong female lead from the start. Nice layered mystery. Can be read alone since a complete story. However I will be reading the other cases for pure enjoyment.
Published 10 months ago by Rhiannon Chappell
1.0 out of 5 stars EH !
I am going to have to concur with 'Demon Librarian'.It's a fail (not epic).And not 'mahoosive' (does that have four legs and a shaggy coat).But a fail none the less. Read more
Published 11 months ago by SIMMO
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I have read almost all of the lastest books on my usual list and waslooking for something new when I came across this series, it was a good read although a little predictable,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Miss A M Shiel
4.0 out of 5 stars "Colbana Files" series book 1
Kit Colbana considers herself weak compared to the other supernatural creatures around her. She may be a half breed human with only a sliver of magic inherited from her mother,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Book Addict
4.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings
We may all identify with the poor-abused-child-striking-out-alone-and-surviving-through-grit-and-sheer-bloodymindedness motif. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Crinkly
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