Blades Song by J.C. Daniels

Author, J.C. Daniels (pen name of Shiloh Walker), introduces Kit Colbana, a half-human/half-aneira (think Amazon), who is a jack-of-all-trades, master of none sort, with a soft spot for children, mainly due to her horrific upbringing at the hands of an abusive family.

Kit is given the task of locating a young shape shifter, whom has either been kidnapped or is on the run, by the local Cat Alpha, who happens to be a psychotic b* named Annette. It is here that we meet Damon, Were-Leopard extraordinaire, in all his brooding yumminess. (Picture the love child of Willy Cartier, LL Cool J and Joe Manganiello…*sigh)

We also are introduced to Jude; a non-sparkly vampire who we learn has assisted Kit in the past, and now uses this past assist as leverage in trying to cultivate a relationship with Kit.  

The investigation into the disappearance of the young shape shifter sheds light on other young shifters and witches who have gone missing and suddenly the race is on to uncover the group behind the disappearances.

Readers will undoubtedly draw strong parallels between author Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, and with good reason. There are many similarities, the kick-arse attitude of our heroine, her strong sword play and Alpha love interest, but after the aforementioned all similarities end. 

Some fans of Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs who love their women to practice kick-ass-ery (yes, I know it is not a word, but it should be) may enjoy Kit Colbana and welcome this new series into their queue, while other fans may lament that Kit Colbana is not strong enough for their taste.

I find Shiloh Walker’s writing to contain a little too much bom chicka wah wah for my taste, but as J.C. Daniels, I find the story and smexiness quotient to be just right.  IMHO, Blade Song was a fun ride and I look forward to the next endeavor with Night Blade, due out in the winter of 2012.