Mar 042014
 
Review: Broken BladeBroken Blade (Colbana Files #3) by J.C. Daniels
Published by Self published on Jan 6, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook from Purchased
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Rating: four-stars

Kit Colbana: assassin, thief, investigator extraordinaire. Now broken. She always expected her past to catch up with her but never like this. Haunted by nightmares and stripped of her identity, she’s retreated to Wolf Haven, the no-man’s land where she found refuge years before. But while she might want to hide away from the rest of the world, the rest of the world isn’t taking the hint.

Dragged kicking and screaming back into life, Kit is thrust head-first into an investigation surrounding the theft of an ancient relic...one that she wants nothing to do with. Her instincts tell her it’s a bad idea to just leave the relic lying about, but finding it might be just as bad.

Forced to face her nightmares, she uncovers hidden strength and comes face to face with one of the world’s original monsters.

If she survives the job, she won’t be the same...and neither will those closest to her.

After loving the last book so much, I couldn’t wait to get into this one. Unfortunately, it was a lot more impactful to watch Kit be destroyed than it is to watch her slowly recover. The progress of her recovery is realistically slow, and everyone around her is helpful and patient, while also pushing her gently. It is meaningful, but it does result in a slower book.

I did enjoy the story, and I like that Justin and Doyle had such strong roles. Doyle still remains my favourite character, and the reveals at the end are heartbreaking, and oh so exciting. I can’t wait to see what happens with him next, and am so happy that he remains such an important character.

I still haven’t gotten over my slight dislike for Damon that developed in the last book, and while he does seem a little nicer here, or at least more understanding, I’m still not ready to have him play a bigger role again. I’m taking some pleasure in Kit’s current reactions to him as they kind of mirror my own.

The plot for this book was slower than the previous ones, since the focus was equal parts Kit’s recovery, and equal parts investigation. It fit into the series well, and as it picked up speed in the later sections, started to regain some momentum, which I greatly appreciated.

Overall, this was a good follow-up to the last book, even if most of it had a much lower-key feeling. The series overall has a great rollercoast feel with ups and downs, and this low part was handled quite well. I love the characters, and can’t wait to see what happens with Doyle next. If only the wait for the next book was shorter.

  2 Responses to “Review: Broken Blade”

  1. I love this series, but I haven’t gotten to this book yet! It’s on my next-up list (but my next-up list has about 50 books on it, LOL). Anyway, I glad you seem to still be liking the series. I’ll get to it eventually, and when I do, I’ll read your entire review instead of just skimming it 😉

    • I do that too, skimming reviews for books that I plan to read but haven’t yet. I’ll be on the lookout for your review once you’ve gotten to it.

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