In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost's talents are coveted by all. She's the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life.
When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta's tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota's help. Can she find the killer on the dark fringe of the city's Edgeworld? Among its powerful outcasts and tortured loners, what kind of enemies and allies will she attract? Will they see her as an invader, as a seducer, as an unexpected champion...or as delicious prey?
Frost Moon is Book One of the Skindancer fantasy series by debut author Anthony Francis. Filled with unforgettable characters, spine-tingling action, kinky rebellion and edgy love, Frost Moon is classic storytelling at its best, and Dakota Frost is an irresistible new star of fantasy fiction.
Anthony Francis is a computer scientist who works at the "Search Engine That Starts With A G". By day he studies human and other minds to design intelligent machines and emotional robots; by night he writes fiction and draws comic books. He received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from Georgia Tech. He lives in San Jose with his wife and cats but his heart will always belong in Atlanta.
©2010 Anthony Francis (P)2012 BelleBooks, Inc.
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.
In order to fully express how much I detested this book, I’m going to have to admit some things I am not proud of. Here it goes: I listened to all nine million hours of Robert Jordan’s Waste of Time epic. I slogged my way through the never-ending Pretty Little Liars saga. It wasn’t because I loved either series. I hate not to finish things once I’ve started them.
I could not bring myself to finish the last two hours of this book. I cannot do it.
The characters are shallow. I don’t mean that their philosophies on life lack meaning. I mean that they are poorly developed. They act inconsistently with the little character that is developed in an effort to drive the story forward. They are pathetic, rebelling against the establishment (which I am generally in favor of) without reason, explanation, or effect (which I’m not).
Everything is too convenient. Although the protagonist is a Mohawk sporting, tattooed, bad attitude wielding smart-mouth, pretty much every person she comes across, man or woman, young or old, hard boiled Fed or paranoid werewolf, wants 1. To have her and 2. To help her. Need a way to get the totally private evidence in an ongoing investigation to your sketchy friends? Find a Fed who is ready to jump you or wait patiently by your hospital bed for no reason. Can’t defend yourself? Run into a martial arts instructor at a bar who wants to give you lessons because you ordered a Guinness. What could be more natural?
There’s a heavily sexual theme, although no actual sex at least with two hours left to go, but even that is weird. The main character is bi, counter-culture, and in with the BDSM crowd, but she’s weirdly prudish, blushing when she almost (Gasp) kisses another character and telling him she stopped moving that fast in college. And what there is about sex is vaguely queasy-making and pathetic. I did not find myself feeling excited by any of it, just a little sad and embarrassed for everyone involved.
There is a mystery here, and I don’t know for certain who dunnit. Usually, that would be good for only having two hours left, but honestly I just do not care and I don’t think I can accurately predict an outcome when the people behave so unnaturally. The mystery isn’t even all that interesting, and it involves a serial killer slicing tattoos off his victims while they are living. How bad does the writing have to be to make that dull?
The only nice thing I can say is that the narrator was acceptable, and even that isn’t entirely good. If she’d been terrible, I wouldn’t have bought it in the first place and wasted my time.
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'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!
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