Knight’s Curse, by Karen Duvall

From the back cover:

Orphan. Crusader. Angel. Thief. A skilled knife fighter since the age of nine, Chalice knows what it’s like to live life on the edge—precariously balanced between the dark and the light. But the time has come to choose. The evil sorcerer who kidnapped her over a decade ago requires her superhuman senses to steal a precious magical artifact… or she must suffer the consequences.

Desperate to break the curse that enslaves her, Chalice agrees. But it is only with the help of Aydin—her noble warrior-protector—that she will risk venturing beyond the veil to discover the origins of her power. Only for him will she dare to fully embrace her awesome talents. For a deadly duel is at hand, and Chalice alone will have to decide between freedom… and the love of her life.

This was a refreshing Urban Fantasy (no tired vampire tropes here). Chalice will learn that her mother was a Knight and her father was a Fallen Angel. That’s not a plot spoiler, because this heroine isn’t merely the sum of her parents. More powers and responsibilities will be heaped on her shoulders as the reader speeds through a taut plot.

And I do have a tiny complaint about the tautness. I really wanted to learn much more about the world, Chalice’s background, her mother’s history—but just when a morsel of information is provided or another clue is considered, something happens and we’re on the run again! I guess I’ll just have to wait for the next book.

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