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ISBN-13: 9780425231975
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 274,261
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. 87 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.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Contains four short stories by established authors revolving around familiar characters from their respective series. As the title suggests, the stories are linked by the common theme: body art. Tattoos, whether lethal for their bearers, to someone else, or not at all, play pivotal roles in the action. "Skin Deep" by Karen Chance - this was the only author I wasn't familiar with going in, and while I was a bit at sea regarding who the main players were and what exactly was the motivation behind the ongoing war, the writing was good, the action was fast, and I think I'll be looking for more of Chance's standalone works. (Probably the point - LOL!)"Armor of Roses" by Marjorie M. Liu - Demon hunter Maxine Kiss and her lover Grant are finishing an evening of philanthropic flesh-pressing when a soon-to-be corpse expires against Maxine's ride. Although Maxine's never met him, he knows who she is - and he has documents to prove it. Only thing... they're from World War II. A bit of time travel twistiness follows. "Etched in Silver" by Yasmine Galenorn - a Moon Witch on the trail of a cop gone bad gets a bit of help from a scarily seductive Fae. Can she resist temptation long enough to get her man? The weakest of the four IMHO, but not terrible for all that. "Human Nature" - Rule and FBI agent Lily Yu, set to celebrate her birthday, instead end up back in California dealing with a prejudiced police chief, a racist cult leader, a murdered werewolf, and a few relationship issues. Wilk's does a fine job of working a lot of detail into a relatively short story.One cautionary note - it helps to have some knowledge of the characters and worlds they're at home in going in. Otherwise, the plots may be a bit opaque.
esther_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Skin Deep" was interesting. "Human Nature" got me interested enough to check out the books. "Armor of Roses" was okay but not quite my style. "Etched in Silver" was dire, with an irritatingly passive protaganist. Also, sexual tension is not the same thing as relationship developement, even when using deus sex machina shortcuts like soul bonds.
JennieLeigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This anthology just didn't do it for me. In fairness, I am not an avid urban fantasy reader. I enjoy contemporary fantasy and paranormal, as well as sci-fi and more traditional romances and thriller/action novels. I thought this would lure me as well, but it just didn't strike any chords for me. I had to force myself to finish the book, just because I hate to leave any book unfinished, and because I hoped that at least one of the stories might hook me. Some of them are better than others, but I do not feel any special urge to seek out the series' to which some of them are connected. I'm not a prude, but I found the sex just for the sake of sex a bit annoying. Possibly this could be due to the fact that I had absolutely no previous knowledge of an of the characters before reading this book. Maybe if I had some knowledge of where the characters were going, or where they'd come from, it wouldn't have felt so out of place to me. This is, of course, always an issue in a short story. There often isn't enough time to properly develop the characters. And that may be my biggest problem of all. I simply never got to a point where I cared about any of them. Perhaps urban fantasy just isn't my thing, but I really wish I hadn't spent any money to buy this book.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4 novellas all featuring tattoos of one kind or another; Karen Chance 'Skin Deep' -- Lia is on medical leave when her mate werewolf Cyrus is missing and someone is killing werewolves for their skins. Lia has magical tattoos that are wards; Marjorie M Liu 'Armor of Roses' -- Maxine Kiss goes back in time to help her grandmother solve a problem. Her tattoos are demons who leave her body at night and protect her by day; Yasmine Galenorn 'Etched in Silver' tells the story of how Camille met Trillian as she searches for a rapist and murderer; Eileen Wilks 'Human Nature' tells a Lily and Rule story as Lily investigates the death of one of Rule's friends. All the stories were good. I haven't read any others by Liu but found this story enjoyable.
MelHay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Skin Deep By Karen ChanceI 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.__________________________________________Armor of Roses By Marjorie M. LiuThis 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.__________________________________________Etched in Silver By Yasmine GalenornThis 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.__________________________________________Human Nature By Eileen WilksI 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.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Skin Deep / Karen Chance - Magic-user Lia hunts through an alternate Las Vegas to find her missing werewolf boyfriend. While reading it, I could tell that there was a lot of back-story I was missing out on, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying the story. My only previous experience with Chance was trying to reach Touch the Dark a few years ago and not being able to get into it. Either my tastes have changed or her writing has improved, but I'll definitely be looking for more by her after this.Armor of Roses / Marjorie Liu - This is why I bought this book - Liu's writing is so good and is so grounded in the dark side of reality that I find it much easier emotionally to read her novellas than her full-length novels. This takes place in her Hunter Kiss series - Maxine and the boys go back to World War II Shanghai to unravel a conspiracy.Etched in Silver / Yasmine Galenorn - A prequel to her witches series, in which Camilla and Trillion meet while hunting a sadistic killer. This was my first experience with Galenorn, so I'm not sure how it rates in comparison with her other works. The way this story is set up, it makes me unsure of whether I want to start her Otherworld books - I'm afraid of starting an unending series full of bed-hopping and grotesqueness. Human Nature / Eileen Wilks - Lily Yu and Rule go to California to find a killer who may have framed a werewolf for murder. I have to say, I read the first short story in this series in another anthology and *loved* it (Lover Beware, I think), then read the first full-length novel and was bitterly disappointed that many of the parts I had loved were removed. Apparently enough time has past for me to forget that, because I really enjoyed this and am thinking of starting over at the beginning of this series.Overall, I found this an enjoyable anthology - a great introduction to some urban fantasy authors I'd heard good things about but hadn't had a chance to read yet.
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of short stories by people established in the UF genre and their own worlds. It tells those stories, sometimes from a new perspective (Chance tells a story from a war mage's POV), sometimes just a sidebar story.In this collection the theme is tattoos. Magical tattoos in the main, although in one it's a religious ceremony that results in the couple being painted rather than tattooed. And romance is strong in all the stories too, sometimes full on and sexual, sometimes the sex is mentioned as having happened but takes no part in the written word.As always the standard is a bit hit and miss, and surprisingly for me, it's Karen Chance's story that is actually the weakest to my mind, and the stories get stronger from there on. Galenorn I might look up, Wilks - I've just ordered 6 more books of hers to read.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.comReview:Skin Deep by Karen Chance. Karen¿s story once again features War Mage/were Lia (who is featured on the cover) and her werewolf love interest Cyrus. If you want to read all of the stories about these characters (and you should because they are fantastic) the reading order would be: 1. Rogue Elements (included in the Wolfsbane and Mistletoe anthology) 2. Vegas Odds (included in the Strange Brew anthology) 3. Skin Deep (included in the Inked anthology). Each of these stories can be read alone, but if you can, I recommend reading them all.Set in the same world as her Cassandra Palmer¿s series, in Skin Deep Karen Chance has created two of my favorite urban fantasy characters in Lia and Cyrus. This time out, Lia is recruited by Sebastian, one of the werewolf clan leaders, to track down his brother/her lover Cyrus who disappeared while hunting a killer who has been skinning werewolves alive. Like all the stories in this anthology, tattoos play a major role serving as magical runes with different magical abilities (Lia has owl tattoo that can enable her to see in the dark) that take the form of tattoos once invoked. And the golden dragon tattoo that Lia is wearing on the cover of Inked is more than just decoration¿I¿ve been slightly critical in the past of Karen¿s tendency to over plot some of her books, but in the short story format, she is always in fine form. Skin Deep is a great combination of stellar world building, fast-paced action, and that perfect dash of romance between a tough yet vulnerable heroine (with a deliciously dry wit and a rich history) and the ultimate alpha male. I loved every page and can¿t wait for the next story (long or short) featuring these two.Sexual Content: A brief, but graphic oral sex scene.My Rating: 4 out of 5Review:¿Armor of Roses¿ by Marjorie M. Liu continues her Hunter¿s Kiss series. If you¿re interested reading this series chronologically, the order would be: 1. Hunter Kiss (prequel included in the anthology Wild Hunt, and as an eBook novella) 2. The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss, Book 1) 3. Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss, Book 2) 4. Armor of Roses (included in the anthology Inked)Maxine Kiss is a demon hunter. ¿¿ a woman whose body is covered in living tattoos¿her own personal demons to call upon when the sun goes down, who both protect her life, and are destined to end it.¿ -Marjorie M. LiuI don¿t know what it is about this series, but I¿m always underwhelmed. The world building is interesting enough. This is a world populated by zombies, but not the undead kind. Liu¿s zombies are humans possessed by parasitic demons. I think it might be the character of Maxine. Despite have a unique and intriguing back story (all the women in her family host the tattoos/demons until her daughter comes of age at which point the tattoos/demons move on to the next generation and the woman dies) I find her rather dull. To be fair her mission and unavoidable fate are grim, but she is so completely morose and joyless that it¿s hard to develop any empathy for her. And in Armor of Darkness she was bland again. Finding a message that her grandmother left for her, Maxine uses her magical ability to travel back to the time of WWII and help her future grandmother hunt down the nefarious Black Cat who is amassing an armor of rose tattoos that bind the lives of children. If you¿re a fan of this series, this story doesn¿t really add anything to the meta-narrative of the series or even any real character development. Without spoiling anything, towards the end of this story there is a scene involving children forced onto the set of a porn film being made. The sex itself is not overly graphic, but the presence of little children there was very disturbing.Sexual Content: A group of people are filming a pornographic film where children are present.My Rating: 3 out of 5Review:¿Human Nature¿ by Eileen WilksIf you'd like to read World of the Lupi series in order it
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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