Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Blade Song by J.C. Daniels

 Title: Blade Song 
Author J.C. Daniels (Shiloh Walker) 
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Publisher: Self Published
Number of Pages 261 
Source: Netgalle
Release date: August 1

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

This book just kicks ass and takes names. It's one of the best Urban Fantasy books that I've read in a really long time. It has a sassy, independent heroine a super alpha male who is like all alphas is a bit of a jerk, but grows on you until it's impossible not to like him.  

Kit was called on by the local shape shifter Alpha to find her nephew. Once she takes the case, she finds out that if she doesn't find him, then her life is toast. I enjoyed how Kit didn't show any fear to the alpha or any of the shape shifters she encountered. She wasn't one of them, so their rules didn't apply to her and she made sure they knew it. One shape shifter who wasn't impressed by her sassiness was Damon, the Alpha's right hand man who was assigned to keep track of her. He didn't leave her side at all, and it annoyed the crap out of Kit. I liked how she never backed down with him, although at one point I felt a little sorry for the poor guy.  Although I have to admit that he didn't put up will all her crap either and I loved how perfectly matched these two were.

Kit is just one tough chick who has gone through some tough times, and while it leaves her vulnerable when it comes to matters of the heart, I loved watching her grow and realize that maybe just maybe not everyone was out to get her. She has some pretty cool talents  and I loved that while the weapon of choice for Kit. While it was a sword, it wasn't a katana. Kit could do cool stuff like call it to and make it appear from nowhere when she needed it most.  She had a couple other talents which were just as cool as the sword calling.  

The one small problem I had with this book was that while supernaturals had come out in society, and gravitated toward certain cities, nothing was ever mentioned (or maybe I missed in my rush to devour the book) was why they had come out in society and had all these rules governing them. However, that small bit can easily be overlooked because the characters are just so full of life that after awhile I couldn't tear myself away from them. (Ok, away from Damon) 

This is the best Urban Fantasy I've read in a long time and I can't wait for the next book because I think Damon will leap into book boyfriend material.   

Barrons Hero Hotness Meter: High 
Curran Crush Meter: High 
Martini Crush Meter: High 
Rhiannon Kick Ass Heroine Meter: High