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A Painted Goddess Audiobook

A Painted Goddess: A Fire Beneath the Skin, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

When the gods go to war, who will stand against their divine fury?

In the thrilling conclusion to the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the enchanted kingdom of Helva faces a nightmarish future of endless bloodshed, and Rina Veraiin - a young warrior-duchess armed with mysterious, magical tattoos - must use her fantastic powers to save her home from eternal war.

As her far-flung friends scour Helva for additional tattoos to increase her formidable abilities, Rina reckons with an enigmatic death priest...the one whose contract grants her extraordinary magic but demands an awful price. When her debt comes due, can Rina make the ultimate sacrifice?

Deities clash and allies succumb as Rina strives to fulfill her obligation and confront her strange and shocking destiny. Becoming an ink mage taxed Rina's resources to their very limits; now she must become something else, something more, something awesome and terrible.

If she fails, her world will fall.

©2016 Victor Gischler (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Sarah E. Gomes - Briganti camillus, NY, United States 04-04-16
    Sarah E. Gomes - Briganti camillus, NY, United States 04-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    ending sucked but the overall story was great. great trilogy at least. left some things open ended but still a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thad Steel 03-17-16
    Thad Steel 03-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Holy Smack!"

    Although I wish there was more to follow, I truly enjoyed this harrowing adventure most thoroughly. It truly is a brilliant conclusion to a stunning epic. Thank you for sharing this bard's masterwork tale with us.

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    Jhean Wolfsbrother 07-16-16 Member Since 2016

    Reading literally saved my life. Now I'm losing my sight and Audio books have saved my sanity!

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    "Bad ending"

    The story was good but the ending was empty. There was no closure or finesse.

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    Kindle Customer 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome"

    love this audio book, it kept me entertained with a good story with unpredictable twists and turns

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    Jelehan Apollo Beach 03-18-16
    Jelehan Apollo Beach 03-18-16 Member Since 2012

    I'm a Sci-Fi Fan, during a road trip we stopped by a bookstore and I found an audiobook of L. K. Hamiltion's "Cerulean Sins" & I was hooked.

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    "Fantastic ending to an excellent trilogy"

    I loved it, all three books. It is one of the best reads of the year.

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    Amazon Customer 11-18-16
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    "Wasted hours on this series."

    Far too many uses of the "f" word, too many unnecesary detailed sex scenes, to waste fast forwarding through to get to a hastened thrown together ending. Very unsatisfying ending. It didn't make much sense. The author did a great job developing characters and building up a good story to waste his talent with throwing in cheap tricks like languages and sex and hastening the ending to try to sell books.

    I guessed easily and early on in the third book where it was going to end, (wish it wasn't so easy to tell.) (Actually, by the time I saw the third books titles. ) That being said, the author had a pretty good story and rhythm going until it suddenly had them going to some place that made no common sense. It seemed like he ran out of time so he jumped to it, with no real reason for the characters to be where they were in the end. There also was no explanation for the reason it ended the way it did. I'm annoyed with myself that I continued to spend so much of my time with these books to see how the author ended it hoping for a much better ending. I don't mind books that end making you think, but this had nothing to think about except, "Why did I waste my time on this?"

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    Amazon Customer 11-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "delightful"

    Excellent performance. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I can not wait to start another one! The characters were very much believable. I thank you.

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    Finitra Garrett 09-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "No surviving Heroes ?"

    The first book of this series really drew me in. I couldn't wait to read the next one and when I finally got to the last one, I couldn't put it down. Yeah, I noticed that a lot of the good guys were being killed off and the love affair was hopeless but surely there would be a couple of twists to bring it all back in for the heroes. Sadly, I was proved wrong. Why build up Rina Veraiin's character so much and still doom her ? She had no justice for her parents death, her love interest bailed in her without explanation, and she was only able to rule her own duchy for a few months. What was the point?

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    Ian T. Eichenlaub 09-15-16
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    "Excellent conclusion"

    An enjoyable the conclusion this series.
    The performance was good, very immersive.

    The book itself had the familiar Gischler style, good characters, good character development, and a plot that satisfyingly completes the arc of Rena.


    One thing I really appreciated about this book was the world building. The world is familiar, full of familiar even cliche tropes. But the world is also strange, full of surprises around every corner. I'd love to explore more of this world, in another book, in a pen and paper or video game.

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    Amazon Customer 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    This story seemed to have potential to hold my interest, but quickly fell apart. Weak character's. The author is limited with vocabulary and repeats the same phrases throughout all three books, with a great deal of the F word for emphasis. I kept listening out of morbid curiosity to see if it got better. As my review title suggests, I was disappointed.

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    "Ink Mag trilogy"

    Great story through out the three books but the ending was a little abrupt. The language used WA appropriate and worked well, also the sex scenes i felt were appropriate. Overall worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John W.
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    "Epic story"

    Brilliant. Love the way they all talk like 'normal' people.
    Brilliant story... and it ended. That's so rare and very much appreciated.
    One of the very best of its genre.

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  • Mark
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    "Outstanding"

    I cannot understand the bad reviews for this book, it isn't a blockbuster but it is gripping and there are twists that you did not expect. I will remember these books fondly and don't see why you shouldn't too.

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