REVIEW by Dolly: Night Blade (Colbana Files #2) by J. C. Daniels – Release Date 3/5 (@fidget78 , @shilohwalker)

Kit Colbana is always biting off more than she can chew. She has a knack for finding trouble. This time, though, trouble finds her. Someone from her past drops a case into her lap that she just can’t refuse…literally.

People on the Council are dying left and right and she’s been requested to investigate the deaths. The number one suspect? Her lover, Damon. If she doesn’t clear his name, he gets a death sentence. Even if she succeeds? They still might try to execute him. Oh, and she’s not allowed to tell him about the case, either.

The stakes are high this time around, higher than they’ve ever been. Kit may be forced to pay the ultimate price to save her lover’s life…a price that could destroy her and everything she loves.

Night Blade

Kit’s Baaaaaack!  It feels like forever since I read Blade Song. It’s been seven months and now I wait again for Broken Blade (due out in 2014 – really?).

Night Blade begins not long after the end of Blade Song. There is a lot of action in Night Blade, but the premise (in my opinion) is the trust between Kit and Damon. Kit is recruited by Banner to determine if Damon is behind a string of high profile murders. Damon is in the midst of his pack takeover, which includes getting rid of, or bringing under control, the troublemakers.

Kit is investigating her boyfriend. No, no problem there. To give just a touch more drama, Kit cannot and I mean physically, cannot talk about the investigation. Is this a recipe for disaster?  Just a bit, I think. Explanations could probably solve the whole situation but that’s not going to happen.

Ms Daniels (aka Shiloh Walker) can write an excellent novel. The characters are well developed and still developing. Yeah, I meant to say that. I become bored when the characters are perfect and you know how they are going to act before they do. Not the case in The Colbana Files. People make mistakes, so our heroes and heroines should too, right?

The series has a small nucleus of characters that drive the story and as it’s a new series this isn’t a problem. We’re getting used to the world building and characters involved. The characters on the edges have stories, I can feel them. I hope they are developed as the series progresses. They definitely have me curious about their current circumstances.

The synopsis tells you all you need to know. I can’t say much else or you wouldn’t want to read the book and you should give the series a shot. It’s a good, gut-wrenching novel. I’m on pins and needles waiting for the next in the series.

In my review of Blade Song, I said something I want to caveat.  I was naming my favorite couples and listed Kit and Damon with Kate and Curran.  I’ve noticed in several reviews readers seem to feel the Colbana Files have a lot in common with the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.  Well, they’re both Urban Fantasy.  That about says it all for me.  Do I like one better than the other?  It’s like comparing apples and oranges.  They are both fruit.  So……  I sincerely enjoy Ms Daniel’s writing for the story’s sake.  I like the characters, the storyline and so far the way the series is developing.  I’m not an easy reviewer, I like what I like.

My Rating:  4.25 Stars

Dolly New

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