Inked

Inked

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by Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, Yasmine Galenorn, Eileen Wilks
     
 

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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

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101192108
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
120,410
File size:
412 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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.

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Inked 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
"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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
VicUrt7 More than 1 year ago
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.
toratoracy More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT.
retrosurfer59 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should the othercJordan get a tat?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go to life res five
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That'll be... *Totals up the cost of the ink used on the tattoo to the base value.* $46.00
Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
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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3 words. Buy. It. Now!
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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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