Review: Misery’s Way by J.C. Daniels

Posted June 21, 2015 by Melanie in Melanie, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 15 Comments

Review: Misery’s Way by J.C. Daniels
Misery's Way by J.C. Daniels
Series: Colbana Files #4.5
Published by Indie
Published on: June 22, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 55
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Her name is Frankie. At least, that’s what she calls herself.

She looks human, but she’s no more human than she is a faith-healer. That doesn’t stop her from using her…more unique abilities to take care of certain needs. It’s those abilities that lead to a chance encounter with an unusual woman in Florida.

It’s a chance encounter with fate that will set these two down a collision course with destiny.

This short story is loosely connected to the Kit Colbana Files. Can be read as a stand-alone.


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Misery’s Way is a short story with only 55 pages, but it was an interesting story. It is told from the POV of Frankie. This is different from the other Kit Colbana books, where Kit is narrating the story. Kit and Justin do make an appearance in this story.

Frankie is working as a traveling faith healer. She actually feeds on the misery of other people. She takes their pain and is able heal them. She even has to be careful not to heal them too much to draw attention to herself. Frankie, which is just a name she is going by for the moment, isn’t human and never was. She is also very old.

Saleel is another non-human, though I’m not sure exactly what he is. He is bound to Frankie. She has tried to release him from the bond, but it seems stronger than just than just telling him that he is released.

This story is short, but really peaked my interest. I want to know more about Frankie and Saleel. I just hope that this story isn’t the last that I see of them. I’m hoping that this is to introduce us to them for the next Kit book.

There is also a “bonus story” included with this. It is Broken Blade. I read this book when it came out a year ago. It is a prequel to the first book in the series. It tells the story of Kit hiding at TJ’s bar and her coming back into herself after fleeing her family. It also tells the story of how she met Justin.

For the price of $0.99 with both short stories, I think it is well worth the price. Broken Blade can be read without reading the rest of the series. Misery’s Way is a litter harder. There are references to things that happen to Kit in previous books. I don’t think you would be totally lost or have too large of spoilers.

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I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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15 responses to “Review: Misery’s Way by J.C. Daniels

    • I love side characters, they tend to be my favorite in a lot of different series. I do enjoy when we get short stories that delve into their lives that we don’t get to see as much of in the main books. I haven’t read as many where it introduces new side characters, like this book did, but I really hope we get more of them. I hope you get a chance to try this series. I really enjoy it.
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    • I couldn’t believe how interesting the story was for being so short. Normally, I want a story to be at least 100 pages or so for it get interesting, even if it is part of anthology. I really want to know more about these two characters. I just hope they show up in the next book.
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