Dakota Frost is a bisexual tattoo artist. She gets involved in a police case where someone is targeting people with magical tattoos. She seems to be constantly attacked. You have a vampire that's a day walker and also still involved in the Christian faith and Dakota's ex-lover - due to the fact she asked to be turned - who Dakota is forced to go to for protection. She does magical tattoos that gives her power and can also leave her body. There's a cast of characters from all walks of the paranormal world. It had a mystery with the usual twists and turns and the bad guy was kind of a surprise. She also goes on about her Vespa and how she's built, tall with big breasts. I guess shades of a male writer having a female lead. All in all it was interesting and I'll probably listen to at least the next installment.
Good narrator with just the right amount of characterization, great story and believable multidimentional cast.
When Dakota inspite of being scared and coming face to face with her vunerability decides to stand up for herself inspite of all.
Besides the above, her voice is pleasant, suits the story and the volume was kept at levels that did not have me reaching for the controls to adjust all the time.
Got the second and happy to hear that more are planned.
This was an amazing story, full of great characters and wonderful images. I thoroughly enjoyed it with one exception. The narrator's voice for Cinnamon was so high-pitched and whiny. It was extremely annoying, distracting and not at all what I expected for a character that is a weretiger. I loved the author's description of the tattoos coming to life. Overall, it was fantastic but I would have given Cinnamon a very different voice.
I really enjoyed the book. story. narrative. legnth. characters! getting ready to purchase next 2 in series.
I'm not typically interested in the supernatural, but found the characters here terrific. Great writing by Anthony, who've I had the pleasure of working with. Amazing man of multiple talents!
simply a wonderful story, the author is quite refreshing in thier writing style and approach in the creation of the world they have woven. can't wait for more by them.
I either got this book as a Kindle freebie back in 2011, but never got around to reading it. Then, it stayed in my Kindle library, mostly forgotten, until a challenge from my Urban Fantasy Aficionadas book club had me looking into past group reads. Add in low cost Whispersync narration, and I was off and running in dual formats. What I experienced was a well-written start to what could easily become a solid urban fantasy series.
I could not help but draw comparisons between this book and some of my other UF favorites. The book is an alternate modern day reality where magic and magical creatures are known to exist, similar to the worlds of Kate Daniels and Harry Dresden. The Atlanta setting and plucky female protagonist were more than a little reminscent of the Kate Daniels series, but I don't mean this to say that this series is "me, too" in any way.
The story followed the exploits of Dakota Frost, a magical tattoo artist, who unwittingly gets pulled into a magic-related hunt for a serial killer. What was nice to see was that Dakota, while full of bluster, was not a stereotypical urban fantasy bad ass. She was just a gal living in a dangerous world, using her intelligence to survive.
My one criticism of the story was that it featured that tired old it's-raining-men trope. Almost every key male character was gorgeous, and seemingly interested in Dakota. Fortunately, the story did not go further down this path with a over-blown romantic plot. Yes, there was a slight romance that brewed throughout the story, but it did not get in the way of the overall plot.
I was so pleased to discover such an enjoyable new urban fantasy series that I immediatly bought the Kindle/Audible versions of the next book and jumped into another great Whispersync experience. Usually, I am not that impulsive in my book purchases, but I really wanted to see if the next one is as enjoyable. Stay tuned....
Just finished Frost Moon and can't wait to start the next in the series! The characters were believable and the pace of the book was great!
Devourer of all books fantasy
I have had this book forever to read and just finally got around to listening to it on audiobook. This is the first of three books (so far) in the Skindancer series. It was a well done urban fantasy that I enjoyed.
As mentioned above I listened to this on audiobook and it was very well done. The narrator does an excellent job with character voices and conveys emotion well. It’s definitely one I would recommend listening to if you like audiobooks.
Dakota Frost is a magical tattoo artist and a Skindancer. She gets called into a case as a consultant to consult on a series of serial murders involving magical tattoos. Right around the same time a werewolf commissions her to make him a special binding tattoo to help contain his were side. The two separate events start to converge and Dakota begins to find she may have bitten off more than she can handle.
This was a well done urban fantasy. I really loved the magical tattoo system here, it is very unique. I also loved the idea behind Skindancers. Dakota is still just starting to understand her power as a Skindancer. Still I loved what we have seen so far. Dakota can do some pretty unique things as a Skindancer, but she is not invincible and has to work with her limitations too.
As with many urban fantasies there are werewolves, shapeshifters, and vampires. Dakota also gets involved with taking care of a young Beastkin, this reminded me a bit of the Beastkin in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.
The description throughout this book was very well done. The imagery behind the Skindancing scenes made them easy to picture and were very magical to read about. Some of these scenes really come alive for the reader.
Outside of the awesome tattoo magic, there wasn't a ton here to set this book apart from other urban fantasies out there, but I did enjoy it and thought it was a fun read. The story stops at a good place and doesn’t leave you with any major cliffhangers.
Overall I thought this was a solid urban fantasy and a fun read. I will definitely be checking out the second book in the series. I would recommend to those who love urban fantasy, especially to those who are interested in unique magic systems.