The events of this short story take place between A STROKE OF DUMB LUCK and BLADE SONG. It can be read as a stand-alone.
For the first time in her life, Kit Colbana’s life was going just fine. She had a nice, easy job. She’d managed to escape the not-so-loving attentions of a family who’d rather see her dead than look at her. She had a roof over her head and she didn’t have to fight for every little thing she had.
Then she finds herself tangled up with a green-eyed witch by the name of Justin. He’s looking for somebody and for some bizarre reason, he seems to think she can help. All she has to do is say no, and she can go back to her safe little existence. That’s exactly what she needs to do and she knows it.
Too bad she’s not very good at following her own advice.
Bladed Magic is a good look at how Kit and Justin first meet. It's great to see some of the history between them. It adds more layers to each character and now we can understand not only their friendship but some of the chemistry that still remains.
I also enjoyed getting a look at some of the other characters that have been regulars in the series. Not a great look but some much needed info in going forward with this series. I also enjoyed everyone trying to figure out just what Kit actually is in the NH (non-human) world. They've never seen anything like her.
The best thing about Bladed Magic, to me, is it's not all kick butt action like most of Kit's stories. It's more a further development of her character with some intriguing insights.
If you love the series, like I do, you'll more than enjoy this short but wish it was a full length story. Just a peek at Kit gets me antsy for another installment. Caution: I would not recommend starting with this installment. While it is written before the main series, it's too vague to really experience without the other novels first. Just my thoughts.