Overview

Four of today's hottest urban fantasy writers together for the first time!

From today's most provocative authors come four tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance exploring body art that is more than it seems-in a world of magic and mayhem that always leaves its mark.

This captivating tattoo theme surrounds each author's popular characters and worlds: Karen Chance's...
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Overview

Four of today's hottest urban fantasy writers together for the first time!

From today's most provocative authors come four tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance exploring body art that is more than it seems-in a world of magic and mayhem that always leaves its mark.

This captivating tattoo theme surrounds each author's popular characters and worlds: Karen Chance's war mage Lia de Croissets, Marjorie M. Liu's demon-hunter Maxine Kiss, Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld Intelligence Agency operative Camille D'Artigo, and Eileen Wilk's Lupi world.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Themed, multiauthor urban fantasy anthologies are becoming as commonplace as cover models with lower-back tattoos, so there's nothing unexpected about the tattoo-based theme of this anthology. What is unexpected is the outstanding quality of the four novellas here. The standout, Yasmine Galenorn's "Etched in Silver," follows Camille D'Artigo on a manhunt for an abusive killer, but the darkness of her journey is tempered with a healthy dose of humor, sensuality, and clever dialog. Marjorie Liu and Eileen Wilks revisit characters from their ongoing series, and Chance continues a story begun in an earlier urban fantasy anthology. VERDICT The novella format gives the authors freedom to be inventive, and the theme is well suited to the genre. Readers who enjoy paranormal romance or urban fantasy with strong romantic elements will be drawn to this collection, which also serves as an excellent gateway to these authors' other works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101192108
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 95,286
  • File size: 403 KB

Meet the Author

Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot.
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.
Eileen Wilks is a national bestselling author and a three-time RITA Award finalist, and has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times.

Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot.
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.
Eileen Wilks is a national bestselling author and a three-time RITA Award finalist, and has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times.

Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot.
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.
Eileen Wilks is a national bestselling author and a three-time RITA Award finalist, and has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times.

Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot.
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.
Eileen Wilks is a national bestselling author and a three-time RITA Award finalist, and has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    Newcomers will find this anthology as an easy introduction to the fascinating realms of the authors

    "Skin Deep" by Karen Chance. War Mage Lia de Croissets searches for the missing undercover werewolf Cyrus who she thinks is her soulmate.--------

    "Armor of Roses" by Marjorie M. Liu. The murder of an elderly man forces demon hunter Maxine Kiss into the past.----------

    "Etched in Silver" by Yasmine Galenorn. Otherworld Intelligence Operator Camille D'Artigo and Svartan Trillian meet for the first time. -------------

    "Human Nature" by Eileen Wilks. FBI agent Lily Yu and her werewolf mate Rule investigate a murder of a close friend.--------------

    Fans of the four authors will want to read this delightful collection as the writers contribute fine short stories in their respective mythos. Newcomers will find this anthology as an easy introduction to the fascinating realms of the authors.------------

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2010

    Discovered New Series' to read

    I picked up Inked for a book challege that I often participate in. I had heard wonderful things about the book and thought to give it a try. I loved this book. I had only heard of Karen Chance before reading this and had already decided to read the series she has published. Now I am in love iwth Marjorie Liu and the world she has created. I have picked up the first two book in the series and cant wait to dive into them. If you are curious about other authors and want a good sampling of work, I would suggest reading this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    4 Great Writers

    I loved every story in this anth. all well written and when I was done I wanted more. So I bought other books by these authors.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2010

    I was Wowed.

    LOVED IT.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    delivers for a collection of shorts

    this was a interesting and well crafted compilation of several of the genre's leading authors. It was enjoyable escapist fantasy at it's best and introduced me to a writer with a unique and engaging style in Liu.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    To Jordan

    Should the othercJordan get a tat?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Jordan

    That'll be... *Totals up the cost of the ink used on the tattoo to the base value.* $46.00

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Lexii to lexi

    Go to life res five

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    This is a collection of four novellas by some very popular urban

    This is a collection of four novellas by some very popular urban fantasy authors loosely connected around the theme of the tattoo.

    Skin Deep by Karen Chance is a fast paced action-adventure tale set in a world of wizards and werewolves where a magical war is being waged. The backdrop has enough depth to keep things interesting and offers plenty of opportunities for other adventure. The tone is rather fun-loving, which blended well with the fast-paced action. I might have really liked this story if the dialogue had not been such a distraction.

    Etched in Silver by Yasmine Galenorn suffers from a similar mixture of good and bad elements. The setting of this urban fantasy—a complex mixture of fae societies and other supernatural creatures—captured my interest, but unfortunately, my ability to suspend disbelieve to truly get into the plot was shot in the brain—continually—by abysmal dialogue. It was even more artificial than Chance’s and it made it very difficult to complete the story. I did finish it, because I thought the plot elements were interesting enough that I wished to know how Galenorn would resolve her little mystery, but I can’t say that I enjoyed the story.

    Human Nature by Eileen Wilks is a superb addition to her Lupi series. The tattoo is critically important to the story, the characters are utterly believable, there is a well-drawn mystery with excellent conflicts abounding through the text. It’s an all around great story and well worth the time of anyone who enjoys a good urban fantasy.

    However, the jewel of this collection is Marjorie M. Liu’s Armor of Roses. I can think of nothing even slightly negative to complain about in this novella. The mystery is subtle and expertly developed. The heroine and the cast around her are sharply drawn and utterly fascinating. The dialogue is letter perfect—flowing naturally and truly developing the cast. And the twists and turns and dilemma’s that face Maxine make for a very exciting read. I had never read anything by Liu before this novella but I certainly will seek her out now. I’d appreciate any suggestions regarding her best books.

    This collection is definitely worth reading. I wanted to give it five stars on the strength of Armor of Roses and Human Nature but decided it would be more honest to rate it only four.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Hunter

    Wow. Is it ok for you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    I loved it!

    3 words. Buy. It. Now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Awesome Gives you a great Sample of 4 authors

    Once you read the stories i found myself looking for the other books by these authors and purchasing them. Really loved these short stories!

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    Looking to try new authors or just needing a fix inbetween novels? Try these stories out.

    Skin Deep By Karen Chance

    I really enjoyed the adventure of the mystery in following Lia in finding her boyfriend Cyrus. There is a connection between Lia and Cyrus she is not aware of until it appears for her. Lia, being a mage on light duty, has to find Cyrus - hiding in Tartarus the shifting underground Vegas - to see if he has a clue or... is he in trouble... since there are weres being killed at the very moment of changing - for their skins. Who ever is doing this has to be good, fore the change is instantaneous.

    There is some romance in this story as well.
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    Armor of Roses By Marjorie M. Liu

    This is the story in which I purchased the book for, as I have been following the series and figured this would be a great addition to it. I do feel, if you have not read the series you will be caught up with the major highlights of Maxine and other major characters along with getting into a new story in ten pages.

    I felt I got a new respect for Maxine as she is a hardass, but with a soft heart. Maxine gets to spend time with a younger version of her Grandmother, whom she never met except on special jumps through time, trying to get information from her Grandmother during the World War in Japan. I felt so drawn into this story that I could smell the many scents of the city - food, drink, and filth from garbage and feces.
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    Etched in Silver By Yasmine Galenorn

    This story for some reason was the only one I had a little bit of work to get into. At first I thought it may be Camille the main character, but then I grew to like her by the end of the story. Camille seemed to be a little annoying to me. I am not sure how to really explain it.

    Camille and her two sisters live in the Underworld with their father. They are half witches with powers that seem to be a little on the uncontrolable side. They work for an agency that sends them on missions no one else wants or missions expecting the sisters to fail to hold it over them. Camille is on a mission to find an ex-agent who is on a raping, killing spree. Camille comes across a dark stranger who helps her out with more than just her mission.

    I really enjoyed the world Karen created in this story. If only for that reason I have added Karens books to my list to read. I love the atmosphere here and the magic present. The sisters being not perfect are an added touch to the story.

    There is some steamy tension and sex included in this story.
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    Human Nature By Eileen Wilks

    I have to admit this was my second favorite story in this book. I really enjoyed reading Eileens story of Lily and Rule. Rule, being a were, receives a call that an old friend of his had died. Well, was murdered, with a tattoo around his neck then his throat cut. Rule being the were he is, is learning how to share with Lily his feelings - yet he wants his FBI Agent girlfriend to head up the investigation. Lily has to find that magic was used in the murder in order to be able to take over the investigation.

    I like how the details are given for the explanation of what and why things are happening. There is also different possibilities that could be followed. I really enjoy the mystery with the urban fantasy mix.

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