Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thursday #Review - Haunted Blade (Colbana Files #6) by J.C. Daniels #Fantasy

Series: Colbana Files # 6
Format: E-Galley, 517 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Publisher: Shiloh Walker, Inc
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Haunted, Hunted…and harassed.

Never let it be said that Kit Colbana had ever been given the easy road. Or even the semi-paved road. Only weeks after dealing with the mysterious—and murderous—being called Puck, she’s got another killer on her hands. Perhaps even two.

Some of the bodies turning up bring up haunting memories of a past she longs to forget, but as always, that past is chasing her at her heels, like a hated shadow.

As the body count racks up, there’s an imbalance of power, particularly among the vampire population, and Kit must yet again deal with ugly memories as one of the monsters who tried to break her is set free to deal with the imbalance of power. Yet while a power struggle rages in East Orlando, there’s another, more subtle battle taking place and Kit feels like the center of it all.

Arrogant? Maybe. But the dead bodies don’t bear the mark of her grandmother’s pet killer by sheer coincidence…and she doubts her nemesis being released is either.

Haunted Blade, by author J.C. Daniels, is the sixth installment in the authors Colbana Files. A little over a month has passed since the battle with Puck, the arrival of Kit's aunt Rana, and the loss of a friend. Now, even bigger threats lay in wait. As I am sure you aware, 3 years ago, Kit fled the island where she lived and settled in the Orlando area. After years of abuse & torture by her Grandmother & her aneira warriors, Kit took her mothers sword and ran as fast as she could. Since this is Kit's life we are talking about, absolutely nothing is easy. 

Just when you thought Kit was safe from her Grandmother's wraith, it has become apparent that Fanis knows exactly where Kit is and has for sometime, and she will do almost anything to drag her wayward granddaughter back home to pay the penalties for trying to save herself. It's only a matter of time before Kit will have to face Fanis head on. But, until then, Daniels gives readers plenty to think about, including an ending that will blow you away. Kit is kept busy in this installment. From working for the Assembly, to being hounded by a creepy little bastard named Malcolm, to facing a nightmares from her past, to facing someone who shattered her body and soul and left her broken.

Kit is called to one of the only vampire houses that she can actually trust. Yes, there is residual hatred towards vampires for allowing one of their own to torture her and break her bond with her sword. Yes, there is even those who have no respect for Kit whatsoever after what happened to her a year ago. What she is told, however, leads to a call to arms, which leads to a discovery of something even more dangerous. Something straight out of nightmares is actually hunting and killing vampire masters. The why is pretty transparent if you've read this series. 

Kit has other issues as well. Malcolm has an agenda, and that agenda puts Kits status as an Assembly member in jeopardy after she refuses to work for him. He begins his campaign of attempting to burn her status as a legitimate member of the Assembly to the ground, and the reason why, should also be apparent to readers of this series. How Kit got into this country, and ended up in Orlando is finally revealed, and that's a good thing since more information clears up unexplained plot holes. Which leads to a nasty SOB from Kit's past returning. One who hopes his very appearance will bring Kit to her knees.

But, Kit is no longer the shattered soul she was a year ago when she was tortured, raped, and kept prisoner. As they say, family isn't always what you've been born to. Sometimes, you have to find your own and claim it. She has eager friends friends like Justin, Rana, Colleen, Doyle, and Chang who are willing and able to stand by her side through the good times and bad. She has Damon, leader of the Cat shifters, and Kit's lover who is one of the more dangerous characters in this series. Even though I have serious issues at times with Damon, I am happy that he is in Kit's corner. Now, anyone who tries to come at Kit, will discover that she isn't the pushover who ran from the torture and abuse at her Grandmother's hands. She's not the frail, disconnected Kit we saw not too long ago after her experience with Jude. Rather, she's someone capable of taking care of herself. 

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