Blooded Blade by J.C. Daniels
The Colbana Files #8
12/5/2022- Self Published
Review by Angela
So I was innocently scrolling through Amazon, compiling books for my new release post, when this book suddenly appeared. And my eyes about popped out of my head. I’d waited five long years for another Kit Colbana adventure and suddenly here it was. Then I realized I didn’t remember all of the specifics of the last several books, especially where book 6 (the last book featuring Kit as the main protagonist), left off… so I went on a skimming reread of the last several books in the series. Which admittedly, meant pouring over my favorite scenes from this series and getting all caught up again in the Kit/Damon drama.
For those of you not familiar with this series, Kit Colbana is a private investigator, Assembly bounty hunter, mate of the Cat Clan Alpha, Damon Lee, and general badass. She’s been through some shit (some really bad shit) and has come out the other side. There is a short story at the beginning, which may confuse readers a bit, but according to the author, it takes place directly after Broken Blade, so it will make more sense if you are a long-time reader of the series. I for one was thankful for it.
I won’t get too much into plot specifics, because as with every one of the books in this series, there is a lot going on and many, many plot threads that are left dangling until the very end. But suffice it to say I was riveted to the page throughout. Kit is still a badass, Damon is still way too overprotective and secretive, it’s a wonder she continues to put up with it, and Kit’s best friends still have her back 100%.
The cliffhanger from Haunted Blade plays prominently as this story picks up only several months later. There is a lot of Kit handling bounties and slowly discovering that Damon is hiding something and seems unwilling to come clean about what exactly that is. Readers will finally learn more about Kit’s family’s background; who they really are, and why they continue to hunt her to this day. Chang is still one of my favorite characters and now I REALLY need to know more about him. Like really, really need to know. The ending, and yes it’s another cliffhanger, will blow your mind and leave you on the edge of your seat yearning for the next book in the series.
Will Kit forgive Damon for this new fuck-up? Will she finally defeat her family and get back what they stole from her? I have no idea where this series seems to be going or how long it will take to get there, but I am more than happy to be along for the ride.
If you are new to the series check out the Amazon series page here. Most books are available in KU.