An amazing start to what looks to be a promising urban fantasy series.
Kit Colbana is a PI working out of a shifty part of Orlando. Now what most people don't realize is that she is not fully human, she is also part aneira, a warrior race (thinks Amazons, only more cruel). Their motto goes something like this:
My sword arm is mighty.
I will not falter.
I will not fail.
My aim is true.
My heart is strong.
She has some issues of her own, but nothing beats being summoned by My Lady, the alpha of the cat shapeshifters. That one is a pure sociopath, and messing with them never ends well. But when the fate of a child is in question, Kit simply can't turn the job down (not that she really had a choice, but still).
Not only is she likely to die if she doesn't find the kid, but she's saddled with a grouchy bodyguard: Damon (demon would be more fitting that's for sure). Well, when you have no choice.
But this is one job that she has to finish, the only other alternative is death.
I really like Kit. She's tough, but able to sympathize with the victims. Her life has been pure hell, but she manages to hold on to her sanity. She's an amazing protagonist.
And of course, there's Damon, all surly and snarly (that is actually a word, huh :-) ). I love him.
And their relationship is priceless - the banter, the insults, and that underlying heat and protectiveness. Can't wait to read more about them.
I've seen that some reviewers are comparing Kit to Kate Daniels ( Magic Bites) and I do see the similarities. The tough PI narrator, the sexy shapeshifter sniffing around her... But she is also unique in her own way.
I'm really looking forward to the second book in the series, Night Blade.