Kit Colbana considers herself broken. What she endured at the end of Night Blade would break almost anyone. But despite what she believes, her spirit is not beyond repair. That’s what this entire book is about: her journey as she tries to find herself again and rebuild the inner core of strength she fears is gone for good.
The entire first half of the book is focused almost exclusively on Kit’s heartache and struggle. She is hiding out with TJ and Goliath in Wolf Haven. She is terrified of the outside world; she feels incapable of returning to her old life. The scars from Jude’s attacks still mark her skin and her spirit. But she starts claiming herself back one small step at a time. And before you know it, she has accepted a small case, easing her out of her hideaway, back into her office –and Damon’s lair.
The small case piggybacks into a bigger one, which ends up dominating the second half of the book. The action was fairly good, but what readers are ultimately going to latch onto is how Kit is healing and reconnecting with the people in her life. Of course, Damon is the key figure here, and their dynamic is wonderfully complicated. No one can deny the love they feel for one another, but so much has happened. As upset as I was with Damon in the last book, I found myself forgiving him here. While his suffering is nothing compared to Kit’s, his heartbreak and remorse are palpable. I wanted so much for them to find their way through this. But these books don’t make things easy for the characters. It’s a difficult path, but one I couldn’t look away from.
I also found myself really drawn to the dynamic that has evolved between Kit and Damon’s pack. It was… unexpected. And it’s impossible not to love young Doyle. There are major developments with him that are sure to have repercussions in future books.
Overall, I thought the book was very well done. It didn’t emotionally overwhelm me like the last book. But that’s because it was about healing instead of destruction. I appreciate that Kit’s recovery is not a quick fix, but rather, an evolution… one I look forward to continuing in the next book.
*ARC Provided by author for review
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by JC Daniels (Shiloh Walker)
Release Date: January 6, 2014