Frost Moon

Frost Moon

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by Anthony Francis
     
 

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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

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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?

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ISBN-13:
9781935661078
Publisher:
BelleBooks Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
Skindancer Series , #1
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
238,254
File size:
3 MB

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Frost Moon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
PracticalPorche More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book! There is a surplus of interesting characters. In fact, this book is one stop shop for a plethora of sci-fi beings; you have everything from dominatrix vampires to the Lord of the Hunt. Also, I loved the fresh concept on tattoos being magical and coming to life! Plus, when the villain was revealed, I had to reread, LOL, I never expected that curve ball nor did I see her unlikely accomplice coming. Finally, the ending isn't the fairy tale type (it's happy but there ...moreThis is an excellent book! There is a surplus of interesting characters. In fact, this book is one stop shop for a plethora of sci-fi beings; you have everything from dominatrix vampires to the Lord of the Hunt. Also, I loved the fresh concept on tattoos being magical and coming to life! Plus, when the villain was revealed, I had to reread, LOL, I never expected that curve ball nor did I see her unlikely accomplice coming. Finally, the ending isn't the fairy tale type (it's happy but there is still real fall out-more true to life happy). The only drawback was a little too much inter-monologue when Dakota was trying to figure out what to do to win the major battle of this book. All in all, I highly recommend this one and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series!
CoffeePlease More than 1 year ago
This book was a pleasant surprise. If you're into shape shifters, mystery, and magic, this book is definitely worth your time to read. The characters are unique: vampires, shifters, witches, intertwine their magic and mystique with the "real" world. Magical tattoos, a subject I've never heard of before, was very intriguing. Add a serial killer into the mix, and you've got a great story. A lot of attention was spent on describing the alternate "Atlanta", which I dare to assume is based on the "real" Atlanta, that I know nothing about. I am not sure if someone who is more familiar with that area will find the attention to detail in the description of the locale an important part of the storyline, but since I am not familiar with the area, I thought the time could have been better spent with the storyline. That being said, I enjoyed this book. I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars and am anxious for the 2nd of the series to be released. I was given a review e-copy of this book by the Publisher. I was asked only for an honest review of the book, and am pleased to provide a favorable one.
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Dakota is a magical tattoo artist, the best in the southeast. We start the story with her being asked to come to the police station to help out on an odd case. There she learns that at least twelve people with magical tattoos have been killed on a full moon. Then she is approached by a friend about tattooing a werewolf. The tattoo looks like a controlling charm but it has Nazi symbols in it. Dakota never inks a tattoo unless it has been checked by a witch. Thankfully her best friend, Jinx, is a powerful witch. But because the tattoo is about a were creature, Dakota has to go to the Edgeworld to get it checked by a local tattooer. The Edgeworld is on the fringes of normal humans and the paranormal creatures, usually where they can go and be safe. Dakota stumbles into trouble when a vampire challenges her and she fights to prove herself worthy of the Edgeworlders. At the same time, special agent Philip of the DEA is trying to catch the killer. He has a feeling that the target is going. When Dakota is attacked a couple times, it starts to look that way. But if that was not enough, the Mysterious Mirabilus has come to issue a challenge to Dakota. He is a magician that is famous for proving how many supposed magicians do their tricks. If he can duplicate the trick, the person looses. If he cannot, then the person wins a large sum of money. Of course Dakota is going to accept, he has been one of her role models. But first she has to survive the tattoo killer. I really liked this book. I was instantly sucked in and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. This has great concept and story is wonderful. Dakota is a lot stronger than she thought she was physically and magically. I had no idea who the killer was until the end and then there was enough of a teaser to make me want to read the next book to find out what happens next. Those that like paranormal fantasies will love this book. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on Blood Rock. This is one book that you won’t want to miss. I received this book through the NetGalley program in exchange for a review.
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Humbee More than 1 year ago
Snappy, smart, snarky Dakota Frost, the skindancing tatoo artist of "Frost Moon" is a winner from the get-go in the first book of this series. I cannot wait to get my hands on the other novels as they flow off the press! Stepping off the pages during an alternate/futuristic, late 21st c. Atlanta, Dakota is caught up in a murder, and sadistic torture investigation having to do with someone acting like a serial tatoo killer. She may be a Skindancing magi-tat artist who has strange friends and is a card-carrying "Edgeworlder" but she's no torturer, and doesn't suffer those types easily. Dakota agrees to help the police and special agents find out who is. Amidst werewolves, vampires, witches, magical weavers of all sorts and some New World Order government forces, Dakota puts her life on the line to find out who has killed and maimed 12 people...all with skindancing/magical tatoos. Who'd have ever thought I'd be reading this genre? I took a chance on a wild-haired day, and I'm so glad I did. Great writing, great book!
Regina_Linton More than 1 year ago
Dakota Frost is a walking advertisement for her work. She is a tattoo artist who can ink magical tats that move with mana. If that isn't hot enough for you, then also know that she was into bondage and women in her past relationship. The end came when her love interest became a vampire. Not just any vampire, but the one who runs all of Little Five Points. Things spiral when police enlist Dakota to help them solve a murder case where the perpetrator removes magical tattoos from his victims by cutting them off while they are still alive. Dakota has to go under the protection from her ex so that she is protected from all other vampires and makes new allies and enemies within the same complex. Dakota uncovers the killer when it is almost too late and find that they are closer to her than she originally thought. Follow this fun, sexy and thrilling twisting novel till the end. Also look for the next book Blood Rock. Recommended for Paranormal lovers.
crystalrclass More than 1 year ago
Dakota Frost is the best magical tattooist in the Southeast. The very talent that fuels her life also pinpoints her as a prime target for a serial killer who is hunting and brutalizing people possessing magical tattoos. The Feds and the Atlanta police enlist Dakota's help as their intelligence indicates that the killer is on the way to Atlanta next. The killer may be the least of her worries, however, as Dakota traverses the dangerous streets of Edgeworld, trying to separate friend from foe in order to help a mysterious werewolf obtain a magical "control" tattoo before the next fast approaching full moon. Anthony Francis is a first time author who has hit the urban fantasy world with a dazzling new series in the Urban Fantasy genre. To create a protagonist with a unique talent in this crowded genre is amazing enough. To create a character as fascinating as Dakota Frost is a triumph indeed. While the requisite group of were-creatures and vampires are very present and vital to the storyline, Dakota shines uniquely as a very successful magical tattooist with a tattoo shop in Little Five Points in an alternate version of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. I was fascinated by her craft and was delighted, as were a number of the characters she encountered, when her tattoos moved and came alive. Who wouldn't be enchanted with a tattooed flower that bloomed on one's arm or a beautiful butterfly that actually flapped its wings? While the cover of Frost Moon is very striking, I also loved studying the author's own black and white inked sketch, appearing opposite the cover page of the novel, depicting his image of Dakota with many of her fabulous tattoos. The author also creates an appealing cast of colorful supporting characters including a blind graphomancer, a lesbian ex-girlfriend-turned-vampire who relishes bondage, and a very appealing orphaned teenage were-tiger. Francis paints a vivid world where the evil is very evil. I would not recommend reading the Frost Moon prior to bedtime due to the very real possibility of the scenes containing graphic violence creating some horrific nightmares. Notwithstanding, the violence is only one aspect of the fast action throughout the novel, and I can't wait to start reading Book 2: Blood Rock which just released last week. Highly recommended and my pick of the month! Francis was the worthy recipient of the 2011 EPIC award for Fantasy/Paranormal Fiction for Frost Moon. This award, from the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, honors exceptional eBooks. This September Recommended Read is published here courtesy of ck2skwipsandkritiques.
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NiinaCs_Blog More than 1 year ago
L5P. That's Little Five Point, a place that tolarates the supernatural but also home to Dakota Frost a tattoo artist. But not just any tattoo artist, Dakota is magical tattoo artist, meaning she can ink you with charms and symbols that have magical properties. Life isn't dull for Dakota at the moment, she catches the interest of a werewolf who is looking for a artist to tattoo a binding ward on him to help him control his wolf at full moons, she also needs to go for help from her ex-girlfriend turned vampire with a submissive streak... and it just so happens that a famous illusionist is challenging her to see if she's a fake and if tattoo magic is real on his TV show. Not to mention a very young weretiger girl that tags along after one memorable Halloween party, well perhaps party is not a word she'd use... But no, that's not nearly all. There is killer about and the police and FBI seek Dakota to help identify a tattood piece of skin and help them catch the killer who ribs it's victims to pieces at full moons. Lending a hand to FBI agent turns out isn't that bad but the more she thinks about it the more it seems to hit home with her werewolf client, is she right to suspect him or is there something more sadistic around. Thrilling writing, a real urban fantasy feel with a heroine who's not to belittled by anyone, seriously she's over six foot tall... Francis writes beautifully and draws out a world of shifters, vampires, tattoo artists and their clients, while death stalks closer with the next Full Moon. Fun, witty, sarcastic and grimly colorful Frost Moon is for the fans of the nightlife where more is alive than meets the naked eye! Dakota is wonderful, this girl appreciate the beauty of both sexes without going romance, has a snarky attitude and a deathhawk to go with it, and tattooed to no end. She a heroine like I've never met before and I love her!
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Title Frost Moon (Skindancer, Book 1) Author Anthony Francis Tags series, paranormal, atlanta, dakota frost, tattoos, dark fantasy, vampires, shapeshifters Rating **** I will be upfront and say that I read this book because my department is hosting a book talk/signing with the author at the Georgia Tech Library on Sept. 1st. So if I didn't like the book I was going to pretend I did until the program is over. Happily, there is no need for pretense. Frost Moon is an excellent first novel centering on Dakota Frost, a tattoo artist who creates magical tattoos with herself as her best canvas. Her tattoos move, store and release magical energy, and can be transferred from herself to someone else. She works eith a graphomancer who can determine if a design for a magical tattoo is safe and effective. Dakota gets called in to help the police and a federal agent. They show her a tattoo that has been cut from a living body that was then murdered, in hopes she could recognize the artist. So far the killer has killed 12 in different cities, and Dakota and her customers are possible targets for the killer. Dakota is also having her graphomancer evaluate a Nazi design that a werewolf wants in hopes it will better control his beast. The plot is overall good though there were a few minor points that confused me. I've read a lot in the paranormal genre, enough to be oversaturated and pulling back from reading much more of it. There are only so many vampires and shspeshifters one can tolerate. Francis, however, has come up with a heroine whose unique talent drives the plot, rather like Sookie Stackhouse's telepathy in Charlaine Harris's series. Dakota is an excellent character, and since she is the narrator she is more fully realized than the other characters, of whom there are many, from the almost blind graphomancer Jinx to Dakota's ex-girlfriend Savannah, vampire queen, to federal agent Philip, and more. The author is particularly good at showing the vulnerabilities in even strong characters. Wulf the werewolf wants to be in better control so as to not hurt people or be so alone. Cinammon, the teenage weretiger, is all vulnerability and grows on both Dakota and the reader. Francis also uses the city of Atlanta very well, as events happen in lots of noted city landmarks. Buckhead is the ritzier part of town and becomes Lord Buckhead, a werestag who is the city's protector. Altogether a recommended first novel and first in a series. The second book should be out by September 2011. Publication date 2010 Publication Bell Bridge Books (2010), Paperback, 284 pages ISBN 0984325689 / 9780984325689
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Sandra027 More than 1 year ago
This books isn't bad by any means, the idea is interesting and all the right elements are there. Tough-talking chick. Hot good-guy. Hot questionable bad-guy. Weird best friend. Spunky younger girl. I can't say what it is exactly, but I just wasn't emotionally invested at all. Dakota was very involved in the multiple plots that were going around and in talking about tattooing, but I needed to learn more about her as a person and her relationships (with Jinx, her Dad, etc). I feel like the most I got was the stuff with Savannah, and even that was pretty superficial. I didn't have a good feel for her personality. And of the little I did have, the way she flirted so ridiculously with EVERY guy actually seemed a little out of character. I guess she was supposed to have chemistry with Phil, but I wasn't really feeling that either, but maybe that's because she flirted the same with him as she did with Wulf, Alex, Dennis, the list goes on. All in all, I won't be waiting on the edge of my seat for the next one, but I may eventually check it out if the plot looks interesting.
Rita_Lot More than 1 year ago
Urban Fantasy fans now have a new author to follow. Fans of Karen Chance and Patricia Briggs will easily connect with Dakota Frost and her magical Atlanta world. Anthony Francis creates a strong character, Dakota Frost, and surrounds her with an enormous cast of Supernatural beings and the occasional FED. The story line grabs your attention and keeps you reading, just wait to you get to the "werehouse" and you'll see what I mean. Looking forward to the sequel.
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