The sixth installment of the Colbana Files sees Kit once again fighting off foes right and left. It’s been roughly a year and a half since the release of Shadowed Blade, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting to see what comes next for Kit as well as Damon, Justin, and well everyone. Doyle, Chang, Colleen, just everyone I’ve grown to know and love.
On a personal front Kit seems to be doing well. She and Damon are in a good place and there is no doubt that they’ve worked through many of their problems. They are in love and protective of each other. On a professional front, Kit and Doyle are working as a team and are being sent out all over Orlando and beyond to handle any number of problems. Which is when they run into the mysterious Malcolm. They aren’t quite sure who or what he is, but they do know there is no way they are willing to work with him. He just feels wrong. Not too long after that confrontation a leader of a vampire house willingly let’s himself fade and die, but not before he summons Kit to him to let her know to get the word out that shit is about to hit the fan. And it does when several other powerful vampires heads are assassinated and a power vacuum hits the Orlando vampire population. Blood lust reins and Kit is called out by the Assembly to put down any that even show an inkling of being out of control. As you can imagine the shifters and witches don’t take too kindly to being left in the dark about just what is going on.
Admittedly, it took me a while to piece all these events together to what they actually meant. There is a lot going on and despite the feeling that it all felt jumbled, it all comes together at the end and I had that big aha moment. There were a lot of familiar faces, and I had to kind of go back and skim through the last five books to remind myself who everyone was and what parts they’ve played in the past. What I do know is that Kit has a lot of allies willing to take her back in any confrontation and it’s a damn good thing. Something big is coming. Bigger than any of the events of the past five books, and she just might be in the right place and frame of mind to finally deal with it.
In Haunted Blade Kit finally comes face to face once again with Jude. Yes, he’s still a monster. But there are hints that he might even be a bigger monster than we’ve all seen. He has a part in not only Kit’s past, but it seemed like maybe Damon’s as well. What kind of left me a reeling, and a bit agitated if I’m being honest, is his sudden appearance and the adrenaline fueled, blood soaked last 20% that left me with more questions than answers. Because, damn it, I know it’ll be a while before the next book and now I’m dying to find out what comes next.
This isn’t my favorite installment in this series, but it was solid and I did very much enjoy my time back in this world and with these characters. I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series. Final Grade- B-
“You are stronger than every single blood sucker you’ll see in there, Kit.” He covered my chest with his hand, the heel of it pushing down until I felt my heart bumping against his touch. “In here. Now if I need to pick a fight with you and make you mad so you don’t go in there shaking, I will. But I think you can control it on your own.”