Format: Kindle, 264 pages
Release Date: April 25, 2016
Publisher: Shiloh Walker, Inc.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Something wicked this way comes…
The arrival of a very important person in her office seemed to be the start of a lot of problems for Kit Colbana, investigator extraordinaire. Claiming that he needed somebody with her special skillset, he sends her on a series of jobs that made little to no sense until one culminated with both her and her partner, Justin barely escaping with their lives.
Back in Orlando, they go their separate ways to recover, Justin heading to the house of a local witch, while Kit returns to the Lair, where she’s recently been living with her lover Damon, the Alpha of the Southern Cat Clans.
There’s barely a chance for Kit to catch her breath before trouble of the highest order comes knocking on her door. This time, it’s the form of a psychic by the name of Nova. Nova has bad, bad news…Justin has gone missing and so has the witch who was going to put him up while he healed. Colleen, one of Kit’s closest, dearest friends.
With all sorts of non-humans disappearing, fury doesn’t even touch what Kit is feeling as she heads out to hunt down the people responsible.
But Kit isn’t the only one out on a hunt…somebody is hunting for her…somebody Kit would rather never, ever see again.
J.C. Daniels' Shadowed Blade is the Fifth installment in the Colbana Files. If you are new to this series, please allow me to summarize what has happened to this point. Kitasa aka Kit Colbana is a 1/2 human, 1/2 Aneiri warrior, private investigator. She has faced her fair share of challenges since leaving her island behind and finding her way to East Orlando where she is still considered to be an illegal. As the story opens, Kit is working with Justin Greaves.
Justin has been a friend and colleague for the past 3 years. He is a curiously powerful witch who has stood by Kit's side through a whole lot of topsy turvey. Kit and Justin have a similair end game. Find the elusive Blackstone and bring them down for what they are doing to non-human's in the Southeast US. Kit is also working for the POTUS on missions that are a bit odd, & every bit as curious as they appear. Why is POTUS looking for a Dryad? Why is a powerful witch chasing after Kit and Justin?
And if that weren't interesting enough for you, a powerful stranger shows up and apparently she knows Kit all too well. No spoilers. Kit's own life hasn't exactly been all fun and games for the past year. She's still a bit broken, although she won't fully admit it. Not since she was attacked and brutalized by a monster who broke her spirit and her connection to her weapons. Weapons that would normally sing to her, and have been with her since running away from her island. But, this only scrapes the top layer of what happens in this book.
First, I loved Nova. Such a twisted, & powerful character who truly was the star of this story. Then comes Rana. Oh wow. Let's open up the way back machine and introduce a major part of Kit's life, and then, let's really kick it up a notch so that Kit is left dumbfounded. How about little Doyle growing up all big and...what was that reveal? Holy cats! Heh Heh. Get it. Cats? I am so glad that Kit has found herself again. After a year of being out of sorts with her own weapons, now it's time to up her game even more. I know you all are going to hate me. ::sigh:: But, I am still not a fan of Demon. Yes, I am calling him Demon. He is way over possessive and over assertive and needs to be kneed on the balls a few more times to get him to back off. I will say that this book has its fill of twists, and suspense, and for the first time, I feel as though I am ready for the author to finally give Kit the future she deserves even if it is with Demon, and not Justin.
Negative: There are a whole lot of issues with the beginning of the book. There is a disconnect, and the story is a bit discombobulated before finally being ironed out. I do believe this story could have been a bit longer. There was no need to hurry up and end the story. Also, it appeared to me as though a full chapter was removed from the beginning. Not sure if that was the case, or a major editing error, but something to really think about.