Edged Blade: Colbana Files, J.C. Daniels
I love this series, but felt the last book didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Kit was still healing and keeping Damon at arms length, and I missed their connection, even though I understood why she was like this. She’d gone through an incredibly traumatic time, and its not something to snap out of quickly – for some people they’d never get past it but Kit has a serious underlying strength, and I was convinced she would recover – or at least find herself anew. Things are looking up now for her and Damon, they’ve got closer though he’s still holding himself back, treating her cautiously but its reached the point where she’s ready for more – she just needs to convince him she’s ready, that she won’t break. Hurrah – I so love them as a couple.
Justin – he’s a good friend to her, former lover and still has feelings so it’s understandable that he’s not best buds with Damon. He’s got a job on and needs Kit’s help. They team up and once again are plunged into danger, with the job covering not just witches disappearing, but others right across the supernatural types. Its a serious problem, but getting information from the different groups is hard, they’re not known for sharing info. They need to this time though, and as the bodies start to stack up, the dangers grow closer and there are some real surprises in store. Once again Kit is in the position of working for and with Supernaturals, while not belonging to any particular group. Damon had made her part of the cat clan but she’s not a cat, so can’t take part in everything. There’s an old lover of Damon’s too on the scene, she left the pack after differences with the old Alpha and now Damon is back she makes it clear she’s keen to get close to him again, and sneers at Kit reminding her she isn’t a cat and thus a true part of the clan. I love that kind of conflict and it gave a solid and interesting slant to the story.
Once again magic plays a strong part, with secrets coming out slowly, but as more is revealed its clear the problem is huge, and has been going on far longer than was first thought. To me Kit’s the perfect person to get involved, she’s worked with and for most of the different supernatural groups, and has a measure of trust from them so is able to obtain info they wouldn’t necessarily share with a different group. There’s more too for us as readers to learn about this world. Kit’s is still without her magic that connected her to her sword and to other weapons, where they “sang” to her and responded to her on an internal level, after the horrific experiences with vampire Jude, but it seems to me that maybe – just maybe – time may help heal that too. I hope so because its an integral part of who she is and adds to her special qualities.
Its clear at the end of this book that thought the initial problem is resolved, its a part of something far wider and greater than expected, and its going to continue in future books, bringing in some very important and unexpected characters. I loved this one – a real five star read and one for the keepers file.
Stars: Five, a gripping read, solid story and it was great to be back with Kit, Damon and Co. I just wish it wasn’t so long between books….
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