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Blade Song (Colbana Files Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Do yourself a favor and read this book.  This story is original and hard-hitting with terrific world building and some of the best characters I've read.  Yum." Patricia Briggs, author of the #1 NYTimes Mercy Thompson series

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Ten minutes later, they were seated on the couch having tea and I was trying not to stare.


For Pete's sake.

"Do you take sugar?"

I stared at the small cup. I'd rather not take it at all. "Please."

She nodded and I waited while she played the hostess. Damon sat across from us, his face healed, but there was still blood on him. I'd have liked to ask him why he didn't bother to go wash it off, but I had a feeling I knew why. His alpha was a f'ing crazy bitch and he was better off not drawing her attention in any way, shape or form.

"So Damon must think you can find my nephew," the lady murmured.

I needed to think of a name to call her. Nobody would give me her name--I had heard rumors of shifters who'd served her for decades who didn't know. She shifted once more in her seat, took a sip from that delicate little mug of tea and then set it down, folded her hands primly in her lap.

I had a suspicion she was posing for me. Like an oversized Barbie doll...ah, bingo. Barbie. It also made her a little less scary in my mind--maybe not in reality, but who cared about reality?

Still pondering the statement she'd made, I finally made myself answer. "I never said I could find him. I don't even know what's going on with him. I just know I was offered a job." Slipping the demonic Damon a look, I resisted the urge to point out that I hadn't exactly been given much of a chance to refuse. I could have walked away from him. Tried harder. I hadn't.

"Are you telling me you can't?" she asked, once more tilting her head to the side. There was something creepy about that. It made her look too...practiced. Like she was mimicking human motions without actually understanding why she was doing it.

"I never said that either. I just don't know anything about the case and I need to do a little more research before I can begin to think about whether or not I can find him." There. That was honest enough, right?

"Are you good at your job?" She reached for her cup of tea again, staring at me over the rim as she took another small sip.

Cautiously, I answered, "Good enough, I think."

"Hmmm." After she set it down, she rose from her seat.

Like he was jerked up on a set of strings, Damon was on his feet. He shot me a narrow look.

I stayed on my ass. That woman might scare me shitless, but I'd grown up around women who scared me shitless and I was done living my life kowtowing to the people who frighten me. If you gave in and did what they wanted, they just pushed for more anyway.

And besides, I wasn't a damn cat. I didn't have to follow their f'ed-up sense of hierarchy.

She paced the room and when she turned back, she narrowed her eyes as she saw me still sitting. "You really are a bit of a problem child, aren't you?"

"Yes." I shrugged. "I'm sorry. It's in my nature."

"I know. Your kind have always had that sense of...arrogance." Her nose wrinkled when she said your kind. Like we left a bad taste--literally--in her mouth. "I was hoping that you'd be a little less so, since your blood is weaker."

"Well, you know what they say. Blood is thicker than water."

"Is it really, though?" She rubbed one hand against the other and resumed her endless prowl around the room. "They cannot stand you, little warrior." Little warrior...

I grimaced. Had she been talking to Jude?

Most people didn't know enough of us to really understand what we were. A handful of the older ones did. Others might know the name but they didn't understand, didn't realize what we were...somebody had once called me a watered-down offshoot of a nearly dead race. Not terribly complimentary, but it said it all well enough.

We'd been forgotten, by and large. So it was kind of disturbing that she knew anything about me at all. And even more that she knew of my troubled relationship with my family.

"Whether or not my family can stand me doesn't have much standing on my ability to do the job, now, does it?" I asked, forcing myself to stay focused on Kitty-cat Barbie. Losing focus with her around was a certain way to end up dead. "All that matters is if I can find him or not. Do you want me to try?" "No." She smiled and as she did, the incisors in her mouth lengthened. That was the only thing that changed and it was awful to see. Pure awful. She continued to smile even as she lisped out, "I don't want you to try, little warrior. I want you to do it."

Then, as her teeth shifted back to normal, she came back and sat down. "You'll find him, Colbana. And you'll return him to us, unharmed. Or I'm going to come after you and rip out your heart. I'll feast on it after I bury my nephew." She said it in the exact same tone she'd asked me if I'd like sugar, and she said it while reaching for her damned tea cup.

Part of me wanted to point out that her terms weren't entirely fair, but I was outmatched here. Outmatched, outclassed in every way and if she came for me here, on her terms, on her turf, I'd die. From a distance, it would be different and if she wasn't expecting it, it would be different.

But right now, if I pissed her off, I was dead. I rather liked not being dead. So I held my tongue and stared at her for a long moment. Then, without looking at the man next to me, I folded my hand around the sword on my lap and rose.

No wonder the damn thing had come to me.

I was in a room with a crazy bitch and a man who'd all but led me to slaughter.

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  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Walker, Inc. (August 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2012
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  • Language: English
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J.C. Daniels is the pen name of author Shiloh Walker. J.C./Shiloh has been writing since she was a kid... she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah... serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest.

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189 of 197 people found the following review helpful By booklover7 on September 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought I would like this book. Nice premise, decent start. But by the time I finished it, I wondered that I bothered to.
I'm not going into extensive over-view of the plot. I try to give these reviews without too much spoiler material. But I have two gripes about this book that killed it for me.

The heroine: She's a hardened warrior woman who dealt with major abuse from her mother's family for the first half of her life because she's a "half-breed" before she finally escaped and eventually found her feet. That was a long time ago and now she's a hard-core free agent. The author endowed nicely - cool weapons, high skill, and a dash of magic. But she hasn't "recovered". Nearly every other chapter has her in panic attacks, paralyzing flashbacks, drowning in nightmares or some other severe post-traumatic drama. If the story was on a shorter timeline, like if it had only been 5 years since her escape; or if her self-centering exercises - the first part of a mantra and a fidget for touching her sword - actually worked. But as is, it's hard to believe that she could be functional by herself this long without anything setting her off before. The story itself mentions a previous case about finding a girl she knew and cared about. But I find it hard to believe. At least twice in any given chapter she loses focus because of invading memories and several times in the book the only thing that pulled her out was someone noticing she was losing it and interfering. This woman does not strike you as the type who can work alone. She's...broken. This kind of heroine is not repulsive to me. We see it a lot in this genre; but then the story, action and timeline need to reflect that. Don't take a barely-keeping-it-together psychiatric case-study and ask us to accept she's running the show.
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118 of 125 people found the following review helpful By GoldiReviews on August 29, 2012
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You know how sometimes you feel like you read a different book than everyone else? Yeah, that's me and Blade Song. I did not care for this book at all. I adore urban fantasy, its my favorite genre to read. I like the love/hate relationships, the strong heroines, the balance of fighting and romance, and the mysteries to be solved. This book fell flat for me in every one of those areas.

The heroine is supposed to be a baddie that several are comparing to Kate Daniels. She wields a katana and works with shifters. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, at the mention of her name in the same breath as Kit's, Kate Daniels has passed out from shock. Kit and Kate are nothing alike. Kit makes stupid decisions over and over again and her choices of allies and enemies boggles the mind (Jude the vampire? NOT your friend Kit). And she is supposed to be a sword master with her katana that she has a special connection with. Instead, we CONSTANTLY see her using other weapons instead of the sword. Why? I want to see some serious sword fighting dang it!

Kit's relationship with our hero, Damon, starts off on shaky ground and they instantly don't like each other (although Kit is attracted to his physical hotness). I thought I was getting some of that love/hate that I love, where the hero and heroine banter back and forth until their chemistry wins out and they fall madly in love, and into bed. That is not what I got. Kit and Damon have a hate/hate relationship, with both treating the other awfully. Their banter is not playful and on the edge between arguing and flirting. Their's is just fighting and being mean. There is even a point where Damon smashes Kit's head again the trunk of a car and chokes her out to the point that her throat and voice are messed up for a while. What. The. Heck?
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By akb--bookworm VINE VOICE on August 2, 2012
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3-1/2 stars

J.C. Daniels, aka Shiloh Walker, has created a new Urban Fantasy world worth checking out.

Kit Colbana is descended from an ancient warrior race, even if she is a half breed. She owns her own PI Firm and has taken a new job: find the missing ward of the local Cat Alpha or be killed. A requirement of the job is to take along the Alpha's top soldier, Damon. Finding a missing teen shouldn't be a problem, but while searching she finds several non-human kids are missing all over the city.

I really liked Kit. She is half-human half-Aneira (Think Amazons), but most everyone mistakenly thinks she is full human because the Aneira are dwindling in numbers and keep to themselves. She has a very interesting skill set, most notably her skills with weapons. She has a sword that she can call to her at any time...much to the confusion of Damon and others with humorous results. She has a natural luck that is part of her hunter instincts. She isn't as strong as other non-humans, but she is very cunning. Even though I liked Kit overall, there were moments were I was shaking my head at her as she seemed to just jump around with her loyalties or purpose. Partly, my moments of dislike were when I would unintentionally compare Kit to Kate Daniels of Ilona Andrew's works Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1). It really isn't fair to do so, and I didn't mean to do it, but it happens. In comparison to the Kate Daniels series, I found this one slightly lacking. It didn't help Kit's case that EVERYONE constantly tells Kit that she is foolish and not making intelligent choices. It got grating to hear it over and over again.
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