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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Bladed Magic is a short story prequel to the Colbana Files series by J.C. Daniels so you can start with this story even if you're new to the series. If you're a series reading order nut like me then it technically fits into the timeline after A Stroke of Dumb Luck (another short story) and the first book Blade Song.

For people who are new to the series this is a nice introduction to the main character Kit Colbana, you'll learn a little about her history and discover some of her magical abilities but obviously as this is a short story it won't go into a huge amount of detail. I think it does a good job of showing what a kickass character she can be though and this is a great way to test the waters if you're not sure whether to start the series or not. I do think it's worth pointing out that Justin isn't the love interest for these books so even though he and Kit have some chemistry you shouldn't read too much into that - I'd hate for anyone to be disappointed when they go on to read Blade Song.

If, like me, you're up to date with the series then I'm sure you'll love this chance to see how Kit met her ex Justin. This story shows just how Kit was persuaded out of her hiding place in TJ's bar and how she ended up working as a private investigator. It was Justin's encouragement that helped her get past her anxiety to start taking control of her life again and I enjoyed seeing how instrumental he is in helping her discover more about her abilities.

The Colbana Files has quickly become one of my favourite urban fantasy series since I discovered it so it's one I'd highly recommend. If you're a fan of Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews then I'm sure you'll enjoy J.C. Daniels just as much!
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on 16 January 2015
I LOVEEE this book xxx LOVE all these books! I cannot stress enough how much I recommend this series of books. I laughed out loud and was so THERE along side Kit from start to finish. When reading the third book, Broken Blade, I remember crying for the first time in many years!!
Please, please if youre not sure read a sample and I really believe this will make you want to find out more about Kit, T.J, Goliath, Justin, Coleen in fact All of them! All of it is relevant, every word is needed, there are no "just for the sake of it" sex scenes. Kit is special and I CANNOT WAIT until the 3rd Feb when the fourth in the line is available.
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on 20 March 2014
Excellent intro to the main character, but with hints of more to come. A definite good start to this series.
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on 31 July 2014
I can't wait for the Colbana files to continue. These books have me cringing, crying and laughing. A real trip into another time and place. Don't even disturb me for dinner, these books are better than food anyday!
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on 3 June 2014
Nice piece of backstory for Kit and Justin....but I want Kit and Damon now please!
I love these stories and have spent this evening stalking IF`s website.
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on 19 March 2015
Not bad. Short story. Not essential but ok introduction to what happened when Justine & Kit met.
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on 4 May 2015
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