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.
ending sucked but the overall story was great. great trilogy at least. left some things open ended but still a good story.
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.
Reading literally saved my life. Now I'm losing my sight and Audio books have saved my sanity!
The story was good but the ending was empty. There was no closure or finesse.
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.
I loved it, all three books. It is one of the best reads of the year.
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.
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.
IMO the writer was grasping for anything to fill up the pages. Long in depth tangents over actions that were far less important to the story than the time spent on them would lead you to believe. Scenes drag on for pages sometimes that again have little bearing on the overall story be it physical or inner termoil of the heroine. The feeling is similar to the horrible 3rd book of the divergent series but is not near as bad. The writer seemed pressed to finish the series regardless of quality. The narrator though better than the first book is strill the weakest link even given the less than average book 3.
I can't say this was the best trilogy I've "read" lately but it certainly ranks in my top ten! I recommend it highly for people who love fast paced, action packed, epic fantasy adventures. It's got some sex scenes, not terribly explicit (in broad comparison to most) and thankfully the author managed to keep most of the scenes in context with the story, which made it enjoyable and not annoying. My end conclusion is this trilogy was well worth the time and money and was amusing and enthralling. The only regret you might have is procrastinating in order to find out what happens next!
I have read and listened to better books: books with less predictable plots, better developed characters, voice performers that had more range.
Even so, this trilogy was hardly insipid. Victor Gischler wields wit with a light, deft hand. The ending of "A Painted Goddess" is a foregone conclusion after reading the title, so he makes it all about the journey. The heroes face epic tasks with (mostly) stalwart hearts and glaring character flaws. There is humor and tragedy deeply intertwined in their lives. Villains are vile, contemptible creatures that are not easily dismissed. Their motives are often complex.
Fiona Hardingham picks up on the fun and runs with it. Most of her characters have English accents. The Gypsies are given French accents. All foreigners and gods - anyone deemed as "other" - are given odd, inflectionless mechanical accents. In other performances, I would consider this three-tiered approach limited. Fiona makes it hysterical.
This production is an example of the whole being more than the sum of the parts. Elements of both the writing and the performance, when examined in detail, are found wanting. Altogether they make for perfect entertainment.
"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.
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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