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Publisher's Summary

In the first installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city's mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat.

But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.

With the help of her bodyguard, Kork, the battle-trained young Rina narrowly escapes the slaughter and makes her way to the lair of an ancient sorcerer - the Ink Mage - who gifts her with a strange, beautiful set of magical tattoos.

Now a duchess in exile, Rina sets out on a quest to reclaim what is rightfully hers, aided by a motley assortment of followers who will help her in her cause - some for noble reasons and others for their own dark purposes.

With the enemy's agents nipping at her heels, Rina must learn to harness her new and startling magical powers if she is to assert her rightful place as ruler of Klaar.

©2014 Victor Gischler (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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mixed feelings

I have mixed feelings. I loved the premise and the idea of ink magic, but some plot details were questionable. I couldn't help but think of the book as a young adult fiction, but then sex scenes would rudely intervene.
Voice acting was good, but voices of certain characters were too unpleasant.

50 of 51 people found this review helpful

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Got my attention fast!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the first book I've listen to by this author and I must say I was surprised. I would recommend this book simply because this story is an easy read, I moves along, it runs along a good formula that SciFi writers have been using for a long time.

What about Fiona Hardingham’s performance did you like?

She captures the individual's personalities with her performance. I can picture the individual's in my mind and that takes talent. Great choice for this book.

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

Well actually I did, though it made a very long night. So I listened to it twice

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Good Chars, Weak Story

Pros: I really enjoyed the characters! I felt like they had good motivation, they were well rounded! I didn't even mind the love triangle, because I loved the rival girl, I wanted her to succeed! It's great to see that characters that are terrible in one circumstance, are actually unparalleled in another situation, and I love that! I felt that they interacted well with each other. And even a number of the side characters draw me in, I want to know more about them even as they die!

Cons: I really couldn't get into the story. I felt no pull to figure out what happened next in the world. And I find the magic tattoo system a little basic and too all-powerful. So many situations felt like "And then she used magic and won!" for my liking.

Conclusion: Fun, but I won't be listening to the rest of the series

40 of 40 people found this review helpful

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Interesting concept and to me a pretty great main

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, but only about 40% as i didnt enjoy following the other characters much.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the ink magic worked

What does Fiona Hardingham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mostly just what any decent narrator does.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no, they would screw it up, have no doubts :P

Any additional comments?

I HATE when a book or series or anything skips between characters... its a constant kick in the face to me, just as im getting into it BAM and im kicked out and now following a character that I dont care about, only wishing i could go back and see what happens with the main character instead.

Most of this book is pretty good and while the side characters arent bad or uninteresting, to me its just such a immersion breaker.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Giant space flea from nowhere. .

An interesting premise, but the story runs on weak plot coupons, it's gratuitously vulgar, and the climactic battle is against a character with no history, no personality, and no connection to anything else that's going on.

39 of 40 people found this review helpful

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Captivating

I really enjoyed this book. The alternate approach to magic and sorcery through tattoos was an awesome twist. I would really like to see this book as a video game. I think it would be really interesting.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Lives up to the genre

This story had everything your typical fantasy needs war, magic, sex. The story unfolds in a back and forth style which I happen to enjoy. Always keeps you wanting the story to continue so you can find out what happens next. I am looking forward to the next read even though I've read that it's more plot moving with no conclusions and a total cliff hanger, I don't care. I am a believer that not every story should come delivered in a tight little package. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and I'm glad that the same narrator is doing the others. I appreciate continuity. Great read. Definitely recommend if your lover of the genre.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Love the narrator!!

Story would drag at some times (like political dialogues) but the narrator does an excellent job performing each accent from each character!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Captivating

I liked the adventurous story good narrator was disappointed on how fast the story moved along. the final battle also seemed to end to quickly. overall was a decent book to listen to.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great concept

What made the experience of listening to Ink Mage the most enjoyable?

I overall theme of the book is interesting to me.

Any additional comments?

It felt like a first part book in the way that it didn't really start gaining momentum until the end of the book.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Scottish Lady
  • 05-30-17

fabulous fantasy adventure

A spell binding story thats impossible to put down.. very enjoyable.. well read with passion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-17

magic unusual

very well written book and a very enjoyable audio to
listen too, can thoroughly recommendation

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  • Sarra
  • 08-24-16

Enjoyed

It's an easy listen to.
Think squash buckling hero,the drama and humor with serious story and enough gore to keep you interested ,all this but the hero actually a heroin.
Downloaded 2nd and 3rd book together

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Farnham_red
  • 09-20-17

Good book I enjoyed it

Where does Ink Mage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its in the Good but not exceptional category. Not as good as say Anne Bishops Black Jewel series or the Kate Daniels books by Illona Andrews but definitely above average.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ink Mage?

The book has an interesting idea of tattoos giving magical powers. Most of the characters are still believable though . I like the way the characters grow throughout the book, and in fact the whole series

What about Fiona Hardingham’s performance did you like?

Its just perfect, I just loved her voice and she had good timing and kept the voices of the major characters distinct it was also nice to have books read in an English accent rather than American you usually get in this Genre

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really - some funny scenes but you did get involved with the characters

Any additional comments?

This book can be read stand alone but its the first of a trilogy so its worth continuing.
The second book is a bit disappointing as its not a complete tale but more a setup for the much better final book which is also very good.

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  • eddie19
  • 02-18-16

good opening book

good start to a new trilogy, more detail about whole picture and less detailed sex would have been appreciated.

hopefully 2nd book will fill the gaps and expand the story line.

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