This is the first book in the Shadowchasers series by Seressia Glass.
Kira's day job is as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission, dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she's got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside down in search of a millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira's hands.
Then there's Khefar, the dagger's true owner -- a near-immortal 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit, looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow forces, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever....
Shadow Blade is an okay read.
Kira Solomon has been gifted (or cursed) with the ability to read an object - any object, just by laying her hands on it. She can also channel this ability into draining the energy from that object - and if it is human or other - can drain the energy to the point of death.
When Kira was just a child she accidentally hurt her foster sister and her foster parents had no option but to take her to the Gilead Commission. It was the Gilead Commission who taught her how to harness her gift - how to channel her energy into fighting for the Light against the Shadow. And Kira has never looked back. Fighting alone, Kira relies on no one except herself - trusts few, and has a huge issue with authority.
So when Khefar rolls in to town looking for his lost dagger - and proposes teaming up with Kira to fight the Shadow Avatar - Kira wants no part of it.....but sometimes the universe has other ideas....
While reading the prologue of Shadow Blade the first thought to pop into my head was X-Men and Rogue - and I was excited. But the similarities ended with the prologue and so did much of my excitement.
I'll be honest - it took me 4 days to finish this book - I just wasn't interested enough to pick it up and read it. I enjoyed the character of Kira - and a couple of the secondary characters - Zoo and Wynne, are very interesting - but the book as a whole was just an okay read.
I give Shadow Blade 3 out of 5 stars.