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Broken Blade [Format Kindle]

J.C. Daniels

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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.

Biographie de l'auteur

J.C. Daniels is the pseudonym for author Shiloh Walker. Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer...yes, really! She's also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance. The titles written as J.C. are primarily urban fantasy.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 286 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0989460517
  • Editeur : Shiloh Walker, Inc. (6 janvier 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Hard to get through. 8 janvier 2014
Par Rawrr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Guess I'm in the minority here but, while I thought some parts of this book were slightly entertaining, for the most part, I just found it frustrating and annoying. It's not that I couldn't understand that Kit was "broken" and struggling to recover--it's just that, unlike everyone else that seems to be reviewing this book, it all just struck me as far too melodramatic and as a result, it fell flat and wasn't an emotional read for me. I would've given it 3 stars if not for the fact that I also kept feeling a strong sense of deja vu throughout this book because there were times when it felt like wait a minute am I reading Lilith St Crow? Or didn't this already happen in Magic Bleeds? That coupled with the fact that there has been little to no character development over the course of three books has me wondering whether or not I want to continue this series. It used to be one of my favorites.

The thing is, a person can only experience so much pain (mentally or physically) before they shut off and block it out but the author basically has Kit living in a near constant state of misery and fear throughout a good 50% of this book so it got to the point where I just got annoyed because this seemed like overkill to me. We get it. Kit is Broken but it's like the author couldn't let anything happen without creating pages of angst and melodrama concerning Kit's abusive past (this has always been the case but it's reached Dante Valentine proportions).

That's another thing. This book is pretty short and the author only releases one Colbana book a year. Kit basically spends 60% of this one struggling with nightmares and schizophrenia--nothing new there. Like literally, I felt like there was NOTHING NEW THERE. There was an awful lot of struggling and rehashing of all the same old nightmares she's been struggling with since book 1. I don't remember her having many new nightmares with Jude--I'm sure they were there, but honestly, it's hard to tell cause they all blur together and seem exactly the same. I often felt like I was reading a Dante Valentine book--and not in a good way. To me, the way Kit wallowed in misery didn't seem cathartic (in other words I didnt feel like there was any character development whatsoever) or even that realistic (it takes years to recover from rape and you would think she'd be dying to get back to work--to do ANYTHING to keep busy and block everything out).

I also really don't like how the author keeps dumbing Kit down in order to make her plots fit--or worse, she will just have Kit ignoring obvious things in order to keep her plots from advancing so she can save them for the next books (why? This book felt almost incomplete given the way many things were ignored and left unaddressed). For instance, the whole business with Doyle has been painfully obvious since book 1--why did it take so long to work it in? Is it gonna be another 3 books until we finally figure out the rest of his personal history? It's certainly looking like it.

This just got more and more annoying to me because it didn't stop with Doyle. Kit is told numerous times in this book exactly why the cat shifters are treating her a certain way yet she ignores this over and over again (doesn't even acknowledge it!) so that the author can use this as an opportunity to provide yet more proof of how "broken" Kit is (sure she says all the right things a victim would say but come on! This was ridiculous considering Kit was repeatedly told--in no uncertain terms--the real reason for the shifters behavior towards her). At one point in this book Justin offers to help heal Kit's bond with her sword but she won't even consider it--not even after she is advised by others to do so (so annoying). At yet another point in this book Es tells Kit that the witches are some of the few people who happen to have info on aneria history and that Kit will one day soon need to know what little info they have--and she says this all very cryptically (which doesn't make much sense considering there is no good reason for Es to be cryptic about something like this--especially considering what happens after!). Kit, of course, "shies" away from the idea and just ignores it in favor of more angst. Most of all the thing that pissed me off is that Damon acted like a total d-bag at the end of the last book but the author just ignores this and instead creates some drama about the Sam and the phone call--because apparently Sam is now the one at fault for the way Damon broke up with her.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 ✨A haunting, charged and powerful story of survival.✨ 6 janvier 2014
Par Ripe for Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️

Kit was a far cry from the warrior she used to be. Struggling to get up every day after being rescued from the hands of the vampire Jude, who used her as his 'play-thing' and subject of torture for a while. Not even her scars would heal, he made sure of that.

Trusting only one or two friends, not wanting to face anyone especially not Damon, the shifter who had dumped her right before she was taken, she holed up in her friend's bar slinging drinks to get through the day. But when a young girl, pregnant by a shifter, is in trouble, Kit knows it is time for her to step up and help.

She never expected her first venture back into the real world to end up turning into a full fledged battle. A battle which would require her to pull in every connection she has, since something is determined to upset the precarious balance of their world.....and destroy them in the process.

******

A highly imaginative and descriptive tale of mysticism.

The story describes the difficult (mostly) psychological revival of a warrior, someone very much in control of their own and other's destinies, who spent an extended period of time at the complete mercy of another's sick and twisted idea of 'fun'. Surviving the physical hardships of such an ordeal is the simple part. For Kit, more than just the experience itself, but also the events leading up to, and all the emotions that came with it, have become stuck in time and are difficult to process away. Moving forward from that period, not just physically but emotionally will take it's toll and whether friendship, and relationship will be able to survive is the million dollar question.

Her friends and her lover, Damon are stuck in the void with her, not able to move on until she does. All of them wrecked by guilt for what they have done or failed to do that might have contributed to the situation.

This new challenge that has fallen into kit's lap is so large and all-encompassing, it forces her beyond what she might otherwise have been comfortable with in her recovery process, speeding up her reconnection with her 'old' life and some of her healing.

Fantasy and the paranormal are not normally genres that have my preference, but I love JC Daniel's (Shiloh Walker) writings and given the opportunity to read this book, I could not let it pass. I was not disappointed, there is something mesmerizing in the way she uses words, a flow in the writing that keeps you hooked. So despite the fact that this is the first book in this series I have read, I was easily drawn in and picked up on the overall context quite comfortably. Well done!

✨A haunting, charged and powerful story of survival.✨

**ARC provided in return for an honest review.**
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Reading the Paranormal Recommended Read 6 janvier 2014
Par Kelly Rubidoux - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
After the eviscerating ending of book 2, I was a little scared to pick up this book. Seriously, book 2 gutted me. I was a wreck after reading it. Fortunately for me, this book took all the horror and heartache of book 2 and gave Kit the chance to come to terms with what happened to her. She's not healed and she's not nearly back to who she was before, but she's dealing with it.

This book picks up four months after book 2. Kit's a wreck. In her mind, she's irreparably shattered and going through the motions every day is tough. Good thing she has friends who give her the space to pull herself back together as best she can before giving her the push to get back into the world.

Meanwhile, Damon and his cats are dealing with a different kind of pain. In their minds, they all let her down. None of them were there when she was taken and they all blame themselves. None more than Damon. Given the bond between Damon and Kit, his guilt must be epic. For the record, I loved their interactions. The two of them aren't whole right now but their both trying and it was incredible to watch.

While the focus of this book is on Kit remaking herself, there's some great mythology laid out as to where the supernaturals came from and what it might mean down the line. I'm also intrigued by all the information Justin laid on Kit. It looks like we're going to see some big things happening in this world in the future. Big things.

Hopefully, Kit can find a balance within herself before she jumps headfirst into those things.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Reviewing all 3 books here - the effect of the series 4 mars 2014
Par Debbie Richardson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I went on a binge and read all 3 books back to back this past week. Then I sat on writing my review for about 5 days while I thought about it.

So many thoughts to have to parse thru. It's not an immediate "must buy" for me as a series. There be problems in these books indeed. So I'll jump into why I like and don't like, and try to separate out any potential spoilers.

First, I like a heroine who's been trashed in life and is fighting her way back out of it. There were so many things I liked about Kit and her temperament and outlook on life. Then there were things that just didn't ring true.

~~Book 1 spoiler~~~
Her quickness to bond so deeply with Damon, for example Yeah - it took a whole book, but that's it, it took one book. no, she's not declaring everlasting love for him at the end of book 1 but she allows herself to be bonded with him fully understanding what that means for him. So that implies she's an idiot and doesn't fully appreciate how serious this bond is for him and his whole life, or she's suffered through some horrible abuse and learned to be a very untrusting person yet now implicitly trusts this guy. Those two don't go together She either needed to resist the bonding with him, or she needed to - well, she needed to resist the bonding with him to be true to the character the author fashioned.

~~Book 2 spoiler~~~
Our hero, Damon, is all about Kit and tells her to trust trust trust him, then he breaks it off with her over one incident. I found that whole scene too false to be believed, and frankly our heroine too stupid to live for letting it happen to her. His dumping of her, I mean. It was a deliberate moment in the plot when the author just really needed X to happen in order to have Y happen, and it was contrived. And don't even get me started on Kit's kidnapping. Believe me - I do NOT want to read long drawn out torture scenes and explicit rape scenes and cutting or mutilating or anything like that. But the author totally bailed on us the reader by how severely she skimped over the time period that Kit spent captured by the bad guy who's name escapes me right now. The author really failed to invest us in Kit's agony. I don't know if she was afraid to write it or just didn't have the skills but I really haven't felt this robbed in a long time. It was a critical point in kit's character development.

~~~Book 3 spoiler~~~
I really objected to how the scene with Kit, Damon, and Sam played out. Really, strongly objected to that. It didn't ring true. If Kit's that much of a hard ass then she wouldn't be back with Damon at all, and would blame him just as much as she does Sam. Makes no sense at all to me.

I also objected to Kit not doing every single possible thing she could to restore her sword bond. And there were things that could be tried. To walk away from any avenue that might bring help made zero sense to me. To see her do it made me think less of her as a character.

I objected to the amount of time that Kit spent on her own away from Damon healing. He was crazy for her and monitoring her whereabouts. Really, he only attempted to break thru to her one time? That was it? Made no sense. Made no sense that when she did come out he was pretty casual about it.

~~end spoilers~~
Finally, there were pieces of other major urban fantasy plot points in this book from other authors. I was very strongly reminded of the Kate Daniels series, for example. Felt like too much of a coincidence regarding young Doyle. It also felt like the author had a real hero worship case on a certain lion shifter and patterned Damon after him.

Then there was her friend, TJ. She starts out the books with us being led to believe she's this super strong person, and then by book 3 the author twists that and makes you believe something different about her. I didn't buy into that, as didn't really see the evidence to back up what the author wanted us to believe.

And the bad guy went to jail? Really? I thought we were reading urban fantasy with all types of magical creatures capable of outrageous powers and abilities, where we have not one but two dominant alpha hero characters and a kick ass bad heroine, and the bad guy was safely escorted to jail where he's locked up to get out another day to play Luther to her Super Woman? Seriously? I can't believe Kit didn't take care of him, frankly, but then to not have the Alpha succeed at it after having his woman and his trust so violated? To not have one of the strongest practicing wizards ever not take him out? Especially when he felt so badly for how things ended up on his watch to one of his closest friends?

The longer I write this the more I'm thinking I made need to change this rating down even more. I get that it's hard to write, and hard to write a series where the characters are all expected to grow from book to book. This one needed a stronger compass on who the heroine and her friends really are and what they will do when the crap hits the fan. They weren't also the people we were led to believe they were.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Too simple 29 janvier 2014
Par Rich - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I enjoyed the first two in this series. They had some good twists and turns, although I have to admit that I had a problem understanding why the Vampire (forget his name at the moment) hated Colbana so much. This part of the story seemed a bit weak. (Listen to me talk (or type), I've never written a book.) In any event, that was the real only continuity issue I had with that story line. The lastest book, Broken Blade, it seemed like the author just sort of decided to cut it short. The killing of pandora seemed way too easy. I expected a much longer "chase" with more intrigue, etc. One last thing - it seemed to me that the emotional "pain", etc., that the main character felt was just sort of cut and pasted into the narrative every 10 pages or so.
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