Book Two in the Skindancer series.
Dakota Frost is back, and the ink is about to hit the fan-again.
Graffiti comes to life in the dark heart of Atlanta's oldest cemetery, slaying one of the city's best-loved vampires before the eyes of his friend Dakota Frost. Deadly magick is at work on the city's walls, challenging even the amazing power of Dakota's tattoos to contain it. The hungry, graffiti magick loves to kill, and the Edgeworld is no longer safe from its own kind.
Dakota begins a harrowing journey to save those she loves and to discover the truth behind the spreading graffiti - even if that truth offends the vampires, alienates the werekin and creates police suspicion of her every action.
Saving Atlanta may cost her everything, including custody of her "adopted" weretiger daughter, Cinnamon. But failure is not an option. If the graffiti isn't stopped, Cinnamon could be the next victim.
Epic Award-winner Anthony Francis writes the Skindancer series while working fulltime for "that famous search engine whose name begins with a 'G'." Visit him at http://dakotafrost.com.
©2001 Anthony Francis (P)2012 BelleBooks, Inc.
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
In this 2nd book of Anthony Francis's Skindancer series, we find Dakota Frost (skin dancer/tattoo artist) combatting magical graffiti in Atlanta. We are re-introduced to the wonderful world of vampires, were kin and wizards. Wonderful premise and setting. Unfortunately, the writing is still uneven (as in the debut novel, "Frost Moon.") I never really felt engaged to any of the characters (but, I am becoming fond of Cinnamon, Dakota's adopted were kin daughter, even though her speech sometimes reminds me of a fowl-mouthed Jar Jar Binks.)
The book drags a bit and got too informative on graffiti and tattoos. The action scenes are good, though. This is a good read if you are looking for some escapism.
Again, Traci Odom, the narrator, delivers with distinct characterizations.
In this second book of the series Dakota tries to track down the person(s) doing the magical graffiti which is killing vampires, werekin and humans, plus creating fires. It dragged in quite a few places where it got too informative about magical graffiti and tattoos and I started to drift off since most of it was going right over my head anyway. She's also in the middle of trying to adopt Cinnamon (a werekin tiger) and has a lot of setbacks, i.e., getting arrested and several other situations. There's a lot of violence and deaths. Depending on what the next book is about in this series this will probably be the last one I listen to. Too many of the characters you get caught up in get killed off.
Looked for the next installment, not out yet unfortunately. Characters are believable and intriguing and evolving. Great universe.
Jane Yellowrock series. Also strong multidimentional heroine and great universe.
Many of the scenes between Dakota Frost and her adopted daughter are interesting.
Looking forward to the next installment, hopefully with the same narrator who is doing a great job!
I liked it. It was really long, which I typically like longer books, but it seems like a lot could have been cut out without losing anything. Some of the dialogue was forced and repetitive or maybe redundant. And some chapters seem like they could have been cut altogether, like having lunch with her father. We could have learned what we learned there from any source... Like cinnamons school. Otherwise, I think I liked it better than the first book. Cinnamon turned into my favorite character, there was real growth in everyone and big changes happened. It's setting its self up to be an interesting series.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, a different take on a magic-using present world, but the authors personal bias towards a particular school of martial arts and constant need to explain things to the lowest common denominator was painful. World building is one thing, proselytising ones personal fandoms is another.
Frost Moon (first in the series) was a fun listen and a great effort for a first novel. Three chapters of this was enough. The narrator does an excellent job and her voicing of Cinnamon is perfectly grating, as we all know many teenage were-tigers are.
This was a fantastic follow up to Frost Moon. So often the second book of a series can be a let down. No worries, here. This was a definite page-turner, one of those books that had me up way past my bed time because I could not put it down. I finished the entire book, alternating audio and Kindle using Whispersync, in a single day.
One of things that I really loved about this book was that Francis lets his main character evolve. The evolution was realistic, too. Did Dakota still get ahead of herself with bravado? Yes, she struggles against this instinct throughout the book. However, the author cleverly lets the reader experience her enlightenment as she struggles to improve.
I also really liked the interaction between Dakota and Cinnamon. Once again, it was not an easy transition to parent, it was a struggle and the reader is left knowing that it will continue to be a difficult adjustment for both mother and daughter. In this book we got to see more depth to Cinnamon's quirky contrasting character traits. The result was so endearing, but rather than just leave her character with the, "aw, how cute" vibe, Francis gave her character real punch within the plot of the story.
My only complaint, once again, was regarding Dakota's relationship status. As much as I've enjoyed this series, the scripting of Dakota's love life has been truly horrible. In fact, this one aspect was what held me back from a 5-star rating for this book. The story would have been equally well served if Francis has stuck with strong friendship, rather than romance.
I am looking forward to the third book.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the second book in the Dakota Frost series by Francis. It was an okay book, but there are definitely some flaws throughout the story. The third book in the series, Liquid Fire, was just released in May 2015.
I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator does a decent job. She does a good job with emotion and does okay with unique character voices. However there are a couple of male characters that sound very similar and are hard to distinguish between.
In this book Dakota is trying to track down the person making magical graffiti around the city. The magical graffiti is killing people (primarily vamps) and it looks like the whole city is pushing towards a larger disaster if the graffiti can't be stopped.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first book in the Dakota Frost series. This is an urban fantasy series about a magical tattoo artist named Dakota Frost who is also a skindancer (meaning she can make her tattoos come alive and attack/defend by dancing).
I do enjoy the concept behind these novels. However I felt like the plot was just kind of all over the place. On top of that one disastrous thing after another happens to Dakota to the point where you are just like "Oh my God, enough already!" I felt like Dakota's reactions to all these huge awful events was just so hollow.
Additionally there are a number of times in the story where Dakota makes mental leaps or deduces things that just don't make sense with the rest of the story. As a reader you are left thinking "Huh?"
Lastly there are a few times where Dakota is in a situation where she could use her magic but doesn't; these scenes don't make sense and seem to mainly just be there to push the plot in the right direction. At times I was almost screaming “Just use your stupid vines and block them already!”
The world is pretty typical urban fantasy fare (werekin, vampires, magic, and a heroine who runs herself ragged). However I was disappointed in the some of the plot points. Especially the whole thing with Calaphase.
I do continue to enjoy the characters. I love the idea of skindancing and how that magic works; that part of the story is very unique and creative. I loved how much Dakota’s foster child, Cinnamon, was in the story and really enjoyed watching Cinnamon change and grow throughout the story.
Overall this was an okay book, but pretty mediocre considering all of the other urban fantasy options out there. I continue to really love the creative tattoo magic and skindancing and loved that we learned more about that in this book. However at times the story is flawed and I thought that Dakota’s reaction to all the disaster happening around her was kind of blah.
The world here is pretty typical urban fantasy fare. I guess I would recommend checking this series out if you are a huge urban fantasy fan and have read through most of the other urban fantasy out there. I have Liquid Fire for review but am debating as to whether or not I will actually read it.
Great Characterd and premise but sometimes the magic and even the motive/ bad guy machinations are way too complex. If I wanted a science/math/logic lesson, I wouldn't be going to a fiction author. The whole reasoning behind the tags and how they worked was way too overwritten.
Overall I thought this book was absolutely excellent. I really enjoyed the narrators inflection and what she brings to the book. She brings it alive and makes you able to see what is actually happening with characters. There was a little more of the background magical detail in this book, and it times, it's slow down the story somewhat. I also noted that it times, the story was a bit convoluted. However, that aside, it was a very enjoyable listen.
This is not a book that has a lot of serious political thought although it does include some political comment and inference. It's a great book to listen to while you're doing other things including driving or housework. And I do recommend it. I'm also going to be looking for other books read
by the narrator.
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