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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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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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Bad ending

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

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good

ending sucked but the overall story was great. great trilogy at least. left some things open ended but still a good story.

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Long series...pointless./A written Soap Opera.

The characters are mainly sketchy. I can't say that the Characters "developed" throughout the series. Theu only became more complex in a twisted way.

I like to see a couple main characters trying to achieve something to better themselves or others. The "womanizer" is the only character that seems to obtain some positive growth. It also reads like a jumpy soap opera.

The gods are vaguely explained, then covered with the blanket statement that mortals (including the reader/you) can't even start to fathom what the gods are or what they do. 😣😓 Yeah, I don't even know how to decribe the frustrations from that plot hole.

If you really want to read this:
Be prepared for tragic ends..... that mortals can't comprehend.

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Hated it

This book trilogy had a lot of potential but when the character Maurizan started to get more and more vindictive and hateful I stopped reading it. Had she been a better person I might have enjoyed the story.

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Just okay

It got a little boring for awhile but end picked up toward the end and wasn't bad. If you already read the other 2, you may as will get this one. It is cheap enough to make it okay.

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what a horrible ending

The end makes me regret wasting my tim we on this series. Don't bother reading the last book even if you enjoyed the others. Make something up about the characters, it will be way better than the terrible fate the author contrived. I was left angry at the end an just dumfounded at the direction the story went. AWFUL!!!!

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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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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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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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  • David Wilkinson
  • 09-09-16

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.

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  • Mark
  • 09-01-16

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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  • Martin
  • 06-24-17

Felt compressed, but remained enjoyable.

book 1 was really good, while book two felt too short which leads to book three. I want to say it was a good book and it was, but at the same time it felt rushed. like the author had been forced to compress the story into this final book instead of creating a forth book. The trilogy is well worth reading all the same.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-23-17

twist on the expected

fantastic conclusion to the series, well written , beautifully
read, and an u expected twist to the ending

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  • John W.
  • 09-30-16

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.