Frost Moon

Frost Moon

by Anthony Francis

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ISBN-13: 9781935661078
Publisher: BelleBooks Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: Skindancer Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 133,664
File size: 3 MB

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Frost Moon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 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.
jbronderblogs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Squeex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Technically(if one should need a technicality and genre label), this could be called a paranormal amateur sleuth mystery since Dakota Frost is a tattoo artist who gets pulled into the mystery. But mostly what this is, in actuality, is a kickass Urban Fantasy.I am so glad that this is the beginning of a series. It took me a bit to get comfortable reading it in the beginning, the story felt a little rough around the edges. Once I got past page 20 or so, I was right at home with Dakota Frost and her urban fantasy world of vampires and were-kin and, best of all, magick filled tattoos. That¿s what Dakota does, she creates tattoos, most of the magick-filled in the tattoo palace, The Rogue Unicorn. She¿s tattooed her own and what I wouldn¿t give to see the flowers, butterflies and especially the dragon that moves and reacts to stimuli. Dakota is brought into a police investigation of a serial killer whose targeted victims have magical tattoos. She also has been hired to ink a specific magical tattoo on a werewolf who wants more control at the full moon. Both of these events soon yank her all the way into a murky world of human and the Edgeworld of paranormal creatures.She meets up with police investigators, a `man in black¿ Fed who work for the Department of Extraordinary Investigations, and has to deal with her ex, now the Queen of Little Five Points Vampires and working for the Vampire Consulate of Little Five Points. There is also the werewolf who needs her help, and possibly her companionship, to work the tattoo that will perhaps help him control his beast side. There are so many possibilities of who could be the serial killer, but not irritatingly so. No, it was suspenseful each time a possibility showed up. This is a SUPERB Urban Fantasy/paranormal amateur sleuth start of a series!! MORE SOONEST, PLEASE sparkly diamonds!!!
cwallen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this through 'Early Reviewers'Short Version: All sexy, no depth.Longer Version: SPOILER WARNINGFirst we have the main character, Dakota Frost: tall, tattooed, mohawked, and bisexual. Her only character flaw is that she is so badass she frightens normal people. The cops want to talk to her about a case involving tattoos. She knows that police because her father used to be a cop, but she is not on speaking terms with him for reasons left cryptically unmentioned. Dakota takes it upon herself to solve the case for the cops, and wanders around introducing us to the magical underworld of Atlanta. Every character we meet is unbelievably attractive, or would be if they bathed regularly. I very rarely quit a book without finishing, but I almost put this one down about halfway through. There wasn't enough time spent on any particular character other than Dakota to build any depth. There were several plot threads going on, but not enough substance to any one of them to make me care. Then Dakota is attacked and gets the crap beaten out of her. We find all of her badass attitude is just bluff, and Dakota decides to learn some real self defense. Finally we get some character development. Then the action builds, and we remember that we have a case to solve. The evil wizard makes his move and his identity is rather obvious. In a world where magic is demonstrably real (vampire studies is a legitimate university major), and we have only one character that doesn't believe in magic, then of course he is the evil archmage.Overall there was too much going on to provide sufficient depth to the characters or story. I didn't object to the sexiness but it was delivered too hamfisted. It was entertaining, but would have been better if half the plot threads and characters were removed and more time spent on the rest.
mars009c on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this e-book through the Early Reviewers program. Let me begin by saying I loved the theme behind the story. Magical tattoos, werewolves, vampires and mortals all living and intermingling with one another but unfortunately I felt like it did not hold together very well. I felt as if I were drifting from one meaningless setting to the next. More than three quarters into the book I still didn¿t know where the author was going. I couldn¿t identify the plot and I couldn¿t keep the characters straight. I found myself numerous times flipping back thinking ¿wait, which male character is this who is also sexually attracted to a 6¿2 mohawk wearing woman¿ So much was just thrown in I finally gave up and stopped reading. It wasn¿t worth finishing. I would not recommend this book to a friend.
AlexDraven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
thank you, Early Review program - this is only just out in the USA, and lord knows when it's going to come out in the UK, so it's entirely likely I'd never have otherwise laid hands on this story, and that would be a shame. As a fan of Laurel K Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, et al this was absolutely my kind of thing, and a really enjoyable read. The blurb promised "Vamps, shifters, mages, magical tattoos that come alive: all set in an alternate Atlanta where the southern Edgeworld is filled with surprises and danger. Magical tattooist Dakota Frost helps the Atlanta P.D. track a serial killer who slices the tattoos off his victims." - I wasn't disappointed. The first chapter is a little bit heavy on the info-dump, but that's forgiveable, especially given the engaging protagonist and cast of fabulous supporting characters, Dakota's team at the tattoo parlour, her geomancer friend, Jinx, and were-tiger Chinnamon - definitely a group designed to tie into one of my personal favourite themes in fiction - the strength of chosen family. I'm looking forward both to reading the next book in the series, and to recommending this one to my paranormal-reading friends.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dakota Frost is a magical tattoo artist, the best in the SouthEast, with a mohawk that adds even more height to her 6ft2 heavily tattooed frame, a penchant for leather and an eye for a gorgeous man, or woman ¿ she¿s not particularly fussy. I love Dakota, she is feisty and confident and is a little different from the usual urban fantasy heroine. Dakota identifies her self as a Skindancer ¿ her tattoo¿s are more than just art, she has the ability to make her tattoos live, the vines that adorn her body can create an impenetrable barrier, the butterfly on her wrist can flap it¿s wings and flutter around the room and the dragon that is wrapped sinuously around her entire body will save her life. Yet Dakota isn¿t invincible, behind the bravado she is ill-equipped to defend herself and when she becomes the target of a serial killer we learn of her physical and emotional vulnerability.There are some quirky support characters including Dakota¿s ex girlfriend who is a Christian vampire Queen, the blind graphomancer/witch and a rather unprofessional man in black. The most delightful is Cinnamon, a teenage were tiger stray who attaches herself to Dakota with fierce devotion. It will be interesting to see how these characters play out during the series.The plot of Frost Moon is fast paced and cleverly layered, there are several seemingly disparate threads that slowly weave together as the story unfolds. This is a gritty urban fantasy, there are some scenes and innuendo that are unpleasant though (with the exception of one which includes a ball gag and a cage) I didn¿t feel they were gratuitous. However I didn¿t think Dakota needed to salivate over everyone that crossed her path but I wrote that off as a misstep of a male author and was willing to overlook it.I thought the world building was creative though I could have done without the street by street tour of Atlanta, it probably has more significance for someone who knows the city but I didn¿t find it relevant. There is plenty of interesting variety in the population though, vampires, weres of all descriptions, magicians, witches to name just a few. The Edgeworlders are part of the human world but very much on it¿s fringes at the same time.Frost Moon is an interesting and imaginative urban fantasy series debut with attitude. It¿s a little darker than most with some raw edges but I am looking forward to seeing in what direction the author takes the second installment. Luckily I have Blood Rock to directly follow up with.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
booksNyarn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Paranormal readers will enjoy this book. Tattoo artist Dakota Frost works magic upon peoples' skins, literally. When the police bring her in to identify a tattoo from a murder victim, she gets pulled into a mystery that could leave her and her customers in the killer's hands.
miss_twilight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first time I tried to read this, shortly after receiving an e-book copy for the Early Reviewers group, I just couldn't get past the first few chapters. Not sure why exactly, perhaps it was the format. I prefer to read electronic books on my iPhone or iPad but this one was saved as a pdf on my work desktop computer. (I work a graveyard shift in an IT department; I have a lot of downtime to knit, watch netflix, and read.)The second attempt was not only successful, but enjoyable; the further into the book, the better it got. Many things in the book felt ... familiar ... which made it easier to read. I like all of the different elements incorporated - magic, tattooing, mythology, vampires, werewolves, bdsm, and a few MTG jokes... (what can I say, I live pretty close to WoTC and have friends that work there.)Puppy play with someone named Doug made me giggle a little. And being a Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume geek, I was tickled about the title of this book. BPAL releases a limited edition perfume each month ("A Little Lunacy") that bears a traditional full moon name for that month. Yes, I have some Frost Moon perfume. This would make a super fun graphic novel.I look forward to the next book in the series! And darn it, now I want more ink.
allthesedarnbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable debut to a new paranormal series. The heroine, Dakota Frost, is maybe a little bit of a Mary Sue: tall, busty, has a mohawk, is covered in tattoos, she describes herself as intimidating yet is irresistible to every man and woman she meets apparently. The tattoos are totally the best part. Dakota is a tattoo artist, but not just your normal tattoo artist. Her tattoos are magic, and the intricacy of the magic that comes through in the body art is fascinating. The action scenes are exciting but the identity of the serial killer is somewhat predictable. I found quite a few similarities to Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels books, more than just the Atlanta setting. But there are also some original elements, and Dakota's bisexuality is refreshing in the heteronormative world of fantasy heroines. In the end, a promising start to a new urban fantasy series and a quick summer read. Three and a half stars.
smat92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dakota Frost is the best tattoo artist in the city, her best work showcased on her own skin. But not only can she ink magical tattoos, she can make her creations come to life and make magic flow into them.But this ability can bring her a lot of trouble when a serial killer is looking for his next victim for the full moon. Then Dakota must work with Secret Agent Phillip Davidson to find the killer and prevent another death. Things get even more complicated when a rogue werewolf asks f...more Dakota Frost is the best tattoo artist in the city, her best work showcased on her own skin. But not only can she ink magical tattoos, she can make her creations come to life and make magic flow into them.But this ability can bring her a lot of trouble when a serial killer is looking for his next victim for the full moon. Then Dakota must work with Secret Agent Phillip Davidson to find the killer and prevent another death. Things get even more complicated when a rogue werewolf asks for her tattooing skills and she must risk her life by meddling with vampires and shifters to get her job done.Time's running out and if they can't figure out who the killer is by the full moon, Dakota will have to face him, whether she wants to or not.I was pleasently surprised by this book. Everything about it was very different and out of the ordinary. From the lead character (Dakota Frost, tall, fully tattoed, purple mowhawk with a feisty attitude) to the structured vampire community, you can tell the author not only used his creativity but also, did his homework.Well paced, with interesting characters and an unexpected ending, I'd definitely recommend this book and I'm looking forward to reading more from the author!
bbricke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, well written. Kept me reading til the very end.Loved the characters, action and the world itself.Definitely looking for more from this author.
terriko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of well-written urban fantasy, so I requested this e-book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. This is the first time I've actually read an entire novel as an ebook, and I wasn't sure I could do it, but Frost Moon made it easy. I wound up staying up all night finishing it when I thought for sure I'd be tired of reading on-screen after an hour.It's an engaging story, with an interesting and strong female lead, and a fascinating alternate world. It reminds me a bit of Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews, but I didn't feel like there was quite as much depth to the characters... maybe because this is the first book and I haven't had as much time to get to know them? Still, it's a quick-paced story with a world I'm looking forwards to getting to know better, and I'm really glad I got a copy!
lindseypro21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three-and-a-half stars. I found this book to be quite refreshing. I enjoyed the creativity used in the plots and the character, and found the treatment of the more occult side of things to be well-handled. A nice book all-around, but the format of an e-book did not suit it at all. Maybe that's just me, though--I never did get the hang of reading books on a computer that seem like they should be in paper format. Bleh. But the book remains a good one despite this.
mmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A pleasant surprise. Read under anything but the best of circumstances Frost Moon surprised me in a pleasant manner. On first brush it could be described as an anti-Twilight book. The female protagonist is neither a super-hero nor does she orbit around anyone else. More refreshing (and more unusual) the inhabitants of the our "edgewood" such as members of the bdsm culture are treated as varied individuals rather than stereotypes and cardboard culouts. The world in which the protagonist, Dakota Frost, lives is clearly both like ours and unlike ours. One does not need to know about this world exhaustively in order to follow and enjoy the story--at the same time that world is interesting enough that I want to read more stories set in it. The varied 'worlds' that intersect in the story; bdsm, vampires, weres and tattoo artists are presented in such a way that I am convinced that the author knows each well enough to set a story in that world alone.
librarypatron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not a fantasy reader but damn I liked this book! It grabbed you fast and held on till the end. Well done Anthony Francis! I will be reading your next book in the SkinDancer series, don`t take too long.
bilja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I expected a mystery book, I got a pretty dark book. The lingo is complicated and dark stories are not for me. I do not even like tattoos very much, in spite the fact they are so popular.Honestly: I quit. The book is not for me, I keep empathizing with young Dakota, but that's it
lbassler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When is book 2 being released? Haven't read many supernatural books with strong female leads written by men- I wasn't disappointed.
BookishDame on LibraryThing 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. Highly enjoyable book that's way out of my ordinary scope...Great writing, great book!
samantha.1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary from Goodreads:"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?"My Thoughts:Frost Moon was an interesting beginning to a dark and gritty urban fantasy series. Dakota lives in a world filled with magic and magical beings although it isn't acknowledged by all of society. She was one of the most unique characters that I have ever read about, and I really enjoyed her personality. I felt like we got a really good look at her character throughout the novel which helped me to connect to the story. The author wasn't afraid to take chances with the storyline which I really liked. I just never knew what to expect which kept me constantly on my toes as I was reading. My favorite thing about the book though was Dakota's ability to do magical tattoos. I loved the descriptions of the tattoos, the idea of how they could actually move, and everything else that went along with it. It was a unique concept and it really made the book more enjoyable for me. The book also had a variety of interesting characters that I hope to see in future books. My only complaint with this book was that at times it had so much going on that I would lose track of the mystery. Luckily enough though, the end of the book tied everything together very nicely which added to my enjoyment of the book that much more.All in all, this was a very enjoyable beginning to this urban fantasy series. It was darker than I expected and very unique which added to my enjoyment of the novel. I'm looking forward to continuing on with this series....I'm sure that Dakota will manage to get herself in lots more trouble :) Recommended!Bottom Line: An interesting beginning to an urban fantasy series with a main character that I can't wait to read more of!Disclosure: I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. My thanks!
macygma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dakota Frost is a skindancer. A magical tattooist who, in her own right is pretty impressive with a black, purple and white Mohawk down to her fanny. If you look close enough, you will see that her tats are special ¿ not only did she do them herself, but the move. Right off her skin sometimes. Called into the Police for a ¿visit¿ she discovers that someone is taking tattoos to cover a special box. By taking tattoos, they don¿t mean copying the flash ¿ this person is cutting the tattoos right of the wearer¿s body! Into this come Wulf, a werewolf once a month who brings Dakota a Nazi tattoo to help control his changing. She can¿t do the job without vetting that tattoo ¿ she doesn¿t want to make things worse for Wulf.Off to her ex-girlfriend, Savannah the vampire queen of Little Five Points to get protection to go into the local werehouse to ask questions about the tattoo. She arrives and is promptly attacked by a werewolf guard. From here, things go further south, with the added pressure of a challenge made by Christopher Valentine to Dakota: he wants her to prove she is a magic skindancer by tattooing a working watch on one of his assistant¿s wrist. Piece of cake? Not exactly. This novel is excellently done ¿ characters are written so that they appear in your mind¿s eye and stay. Cinnamon is especially well done and I would really like to read more of her adventures in the ¿real world¿. Does Wulf get this protection? What about someone to protect Dakota? A moving wristwatch that tells accurate time? These and more will leave you thinking at the end of Frost Moon.
rosethorne1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book (in E format) as an Early Reviewer book. I didn't expect a whole lot, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this book, it's characters could use a little more fleshing out, and the plot could use some tightening up, but altogether, it's hooked me enough with it's wry humor, and paranormal based theme to come back for the sequel when it comes out.
5aweek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dakota Frost #1: Frost Moon, by Anthony FrancisWOW! "Frost Moon" is THE urban fantasy novel I've been waiting for. I hesitate on writing this review, because I just can't put into words my love for this book. But I'll try.Dakota is a skindancer, a tattooist who can imbue magic powers into her ink. She lives in an edgeworld Atlanta that welcomes werewolves, vampires, witches and more; Dakota herself is a magician thanks to her tattoos. The "Edgeworld" is the world the author has created, a sort of border or barrier where normal and magic meet.Bluntly put, Dakota is one kick-ass chick. She's sarcastic and tough, yet compassionate and loyal, and sometimes even vulnerable. I was honestly a little surprised to find out the author was male - Dakota is a such believable female main character. I loved her instantly. In fact the beginning of "Frost Moon" reminds me a bit of Jacqueline Carey's novels, in that Dakota introduces herself to the reader, in a "this is me, here I am, love me or hate me" approach. Throughout the course of "Frost Moon," she befriends a were-cat orphan, feels sorry for a were-wolf, falls for an FBI/DEI agent, deals with her ex-girlfriend, and more. But Dakota's characterization doesn't falter in any of those situations, and the reader's image of her stays constant from the start of the book.The plot of "Frost Moon" is best left a secret - you'll want to discover all the twists and turns of the plot yourself as you navigate through Dakota's world. But to tantalize you: the Department of Extraordinary Investigations is hunting a serial killer who takes the tattooed skin of his victims. The DEI originally calls Dakota in as a consultant, due to her expertise in magical tattooing. But she's quickly in the thick of things as events move at warp-speed around her. The ending shocked me, because I'd never been able to guess just who the killer was - I liked the unpredictability. Dakota is an amazing character. But so is literally every other single supporting character Francis created. I wanted to know more about every single person introduced, from Spleen the Rat to Cinnamon, to Lady Saffron, and on and on. Each character has some hook that grabs at the reader; the cast of "Frost Moon" will stick with me for quite a while. I enjoy the author's style; sometimes he is a little heavy-handed with descriptions, but personally I like that. I like having lots of information about a new world, and Dakota's world is one of the fresher urban fantasy ones I've read in a while. Some of his prose is beautiful, especially when painting images of tattoos; I *wish* it were possible to get something like what he's invented! Glittering, moving, magical tattoos? Pretttty. I do have a complaint or two with "Frost Moon," but they're such minor issues that they didn't detract at all from my enjoyment of the book. One is that the timing is very condensed, very fast, but then that also fits into the plot. The other is the deluge of pop culture references, which could make references to the Matrix and X-Files outdated in a few years, but the references slow down after the first part of the novel. But like I said, just a few minor issues. Nothing big or super distracting. Overall, as I think is obvious by how much I've written, I was blown away by this book. There was just the perfect mix of mystery, urban fantasy, wit, sarcasm, technology talk, stick-in-your-mind characters, interesting plot, and the slightest hint of romance. Disclaimer: I did receive an ebook copy of "Frost Moon" to review through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program. But on my next Amazon order I'll be picking up a physical copy of "Frost Moon" as an early birthday present; I can't wait to get the book in my hands and read it again, so I can revisit Dakota's world. Book two, "Blood Rock," is due later this year I believe. I can't wait!5/5.