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Frost Moon: Skindancer, Book 1 | [Anthony Francis]

Frost Moon: Skindancer, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Zulu 09-07-13
    Zulu 09-07-13
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    "Moving tattoos"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Georgina Sands Stockholm, Sweden 08-02-13
    Georgina Sands Stockholm, Sweden 08-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So good I got the second book"
    What made the experience of listening to Frost Moon the most enjoyable?

    Good narrator with just the right amount of characterization, great story and believable multidimentional cast.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Frost Moon?

    When Dakota inspite of being scared and coming face to face with her vunerability decides to stand up for herself inspite of all.


    What about Traci Odom’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yeah!


    Any additional comments?

    Got the second and happy to hear that more are planned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Eckert 11-13-14
    K. Eckert 11-13-14 Member Since 2012

    Devourer of all books fantasy

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    "Fun urban fantasy read!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet United States 08-02-12
    Janet United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "skip it"
    What would have made Frost Moon better?

    a new author and a new story, way too much "baggage" in this book for me


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Francis’s story?

    everything was disappointing. I think she could have done a better job fleshing out her main character instead of tying her up in dog collar regalia


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Traci Odom?

    have no idea, don't know very many narrators yet


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Frost Moon?

    the whole book and started over


    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "Interesting start to a series"

    Enjoyable 1st book based around Dakota Frost, (cool name) who is a magical tattoo artist. It is set in alternative world Atlanta and a decent job has been done at world building.Well paced and good narration

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