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Frost Moon (Skindancer #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,752 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
In an alternate Atlanta where vampires and werewolves prowl the night, magic is real, and tattoo magic is the strongest magic of them all, a serial killer is targeting the magically tattooed on the full moon.

Dakota Frost, best magical tattooist in the Southeast, learns from the police she may be a target ... just when she receives a lucrative commission to ink a magic tatt
Paperback, 271 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Bell Bridge Books
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Apr 24, 2011 new_user rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Frost Moon's more alternative culture than urban fantasy. Within 284 pages, author Anthony Francis stuffs in BDSM, Magic: The Gathering, anime (e.g. Gothic Lolita and calling attacks, which is lame), Goth, tattooing-- everything except the WHAM-BAM-POW brawls I associate with UF.

In her own words, Dakota Frost's no "bounty hunter" or "detective, or anything like that." She's handed her arse, but mostly she chats alternative culture. Who cares about a serial killer? Dakota doesn't do investigatio
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I am conflicted.
On the one hand, I loved the premise of Frost Moon. Dakota Frost is a magical tattooist who gets entangled in a serial killer case. She also has to deal with politics in both supernatural and human community. Next, I loved the idea of a bi protagonist. Nothing about Dakota's sexual orientation is in your face. You just get titbits of information through whatever is happening in her life. Nobody is apologizing or explaining it here and I found it refreshing.

On the other hand,

Dakota Frost is a magical tattoo artist based in Atlanta. Dakota is an imposing figure: She is very tall with a multicolored Mohawk that she calls a deathhawk. Dakota is a walking advertisement for her tattooing skills. She is covered from head to toe with her own magical tattoos. Dakota must be very attractive. Almost everyone she meets is enthralled by her. I wasn’t really sure what “team” Dakota played for. There was talk of an ex-girlfriend, but Dakota was also attracted to the men around he
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Apr 03, 2011 Maja (The Nocturnal Library) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: dark urban fantasy fans
Rating this book was a real challenge for me. There was literally nothing wrong with it, and yet I couldn't bring myself to give 4 or 5 stars. It's a real page turner, it has tattoos in it (view spoiler), it didn't have inconsistencies, the characters were all very interesting, there are some pretty good moments and it certainly is different from every other UF I've ever read.

So when there's nothing objectively wrong wit
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 21, 2011 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it
Original review posted at Rabid Reads:

The synopsis for this book is very deceiving. It lead me to believe that Dakota would be a typical ass-kicking Urban Fantasy heroine but nothing could be further from the truth. Don't get me wrong, I still liked her as a character but in the grand scheme of things she's a victim not a champion. The plot of Frost Moon is complex and well thought out. The main villain remains skillfull
Jun 27, 2011 Cyna rated it it was ok
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Wendy Darling
This is somewhere between 2 and 3 stars for me.

What I liked:

* Dakota Frost is a really cool chick.
* The descriptions of magical tattoos that come to life are stunning.
* The author surprised me a couple of times with minor character elements.
* I liked the descriptions of the scraps of tattooed evidence coming into her hands.

What I didn't care for as much:

* The plot meanders and didn't really hold my interest.
* The violent parts are pretty violent. I don't have a problem with violence per se, but
Jan 29, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy, magical realism
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
Please note: I first read and reviewed this in January 2012. I'm updating the formatting and adding the disclosure that I received an e-galley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: Dakota Frost is a tattoo artist – more importantly, she is the best magical tattoo artist in the Southeast, working in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta at a shop called The Rogue Unicorn. As the story opens, she is being taken into the Atlanta Police department, called in to consult by her
Mrs. Badass
Jul 26, 2011 Mrs. Badass rated it liked it
Dakota Frost is the best damn magical tattooist in the Southeast... Her words.

Author Anthony Francis crafted an interesting novel in Frost Moon. At first I was really enjoying this novel. After a while, however it got a little stale. There were a lot of storylines that I didn't feel really added to the overall ARC. I mean, they tied in eventually, but it seemed some of them were used purely to add something. I know, I think that was the point, and perhaps I'm being overly critical.
Suffice it to
May 22, 2011 Vasya rated it really liked it
I can't say that I was in the grip of this book from the beginning till the very end, because that was not the case. I had a hard time getting into the book, and reading negative reviews of it even before I started reading is very bad for the book at hand. I think I was just majorly pissed off that there's no romance in the book, but well, all worked out just well in the end.

Dakota was a character by my heart. Tall, that has not a hair on her tongue, brave, bold - I mean, wow. Even though she ha
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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 covete
Jen  (In the Closet With a Bibliophile)
This book for me was a little bit better than okay. (I'd go with 2.5 stars) I think I was frustrated with the narrator. She wasn't very believable to me and not even because she was a 6'2" bisexual magical tattooist with a deathhawk. I thought all of that gave her a distinct personality. However, her speech and actions just didn't fit. One minute she'd be telling someone to f-off and the next she'd be crying over something that seemed ludicrous.

I don't know, I felt she was way too manly and I r
Feb 21, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing
Dakota Frost is a tattooist who specializes in magical ink. She lives in Atlanta, in an area called Little Five Points that is home to edgeworlders. Edgeworlders are the shifters, vampires, magicians, etc that live on the fringes of society. Dakota is asked to help the Department of Extraordinary Investigations with a case involving tattoos & then is asked to ink a magical tattoo on a were. Chaos ensues from there.

I really enjoyed this book. The world is rich with interesting characters. My
Apr 18, 2012 ☀Rachael☀ rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! I love Dakota, Jinks, Cinammon and even Phillip! I must read the next and hope there is more to come!
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 15, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it

Why I read: It was offered for review.

Favorite Quote: "We're all one big happy vampire family, respecting each other's beliefs, and even managing to pretend Doug's whing-whang isn't hanging out."

Dakota Frost stands out amongst a crowd in her hometown of Atlanta. She is not only six feet two with an uber-cool “deathhawk” but she is also covered in tattoos – magical tattoos. She is the best magical tattoo artist in the Southeast, working at the Rogue Unicorn in Little Five points, part of the Edg

Feb 11, 2012 Naiya rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
My first impression of Frost Moon was overwhelmingly positive. It sounded like I would be getting an Urban Fantasy written by a male author about a freakishly tall, lesbian (turns out she’s actually bi) magic-tattoo artist in a world where magic is in the open, but still on the margins of mainstream society. As the story begins, we learn that our heroine’s ex was a doctoral candidate who–to better research vampires–became one. There's also this werewolf with control issues who wants the reluctan ...more
Aug 27, 2010 R.C. added it
Shelves: could-not-finish
I got this book off Apple's iBook store. It had an interesting premise, high ratings, and it was free. I got 5 chapters in before I decided to brave no more.

It is not that the book is poorly written--it's not--but there are some odd uses of the dash and ellipse that I found jarring. This grew frustrating because it seemed to occur with regularity; every time the story would get on a roll, a speed bump would pop up and cause an accident. There were a few places of questionable grammar that an ed
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Sep 23, 2012 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy lovers
Now this is a surprise. Puppy play in an urban fantasy book without written by a male author. I have to admit, other than a few male authors who write BDSM, I tend to avoid reading male authors because I just don't get their writing voice. It grates on me. Unless it's a truly gifted writer like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, or Orson Scott Card, I shy away from male sci/fantasy writers. Yes, I'm sexist and biases. So sue me. Honestly, I didn't think males even wrote urban fantasy, ...more
Rosalind M
May 08, 2010 Rosalind M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to being able to dive into the next installment in the series. Not many books can legitimately squeeze bondage practitioners, debunkers, magical tattoo artists, weres, Bible verses, Gothic Lolitas, and vampires with a sense of humor into a single storyline. The one small stumbling block in all of this was that there were so many first and last names to remember (and I think usage occasionally flipped between the two) that I found myself occasionall ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Lyndi added it
Apparently I read this 4 years ago. I honestly don't remember it. But I can't finish it. I hung around until 41% and there's no way I can slog through another half. There is too much happening and not enough happening, if that's even possible. We've got serial killers and magical tats and werewolves and stray foundlings and sewer wolves and the FBI and magical duels and vampire sluts and BDSM and everyone - man, woman, child, werecreature, vampire, and other unknowns - has a boner for this Dakot ...more
Feb 09, 2016 KK rated it it was amazing
This book was great. It had magic that was interesting but also had its limitations, it had cool shifters, vampires, ex-lovers, new possible lovers and good action/mystery. I loved the darker, grittier feel. It was a stand out book to me, grabbing the next one immediately.
Sep 23, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book approaches the paranormal world from a different angle. The main character is Dakota Frost. She is a tattoo artist of magical tattoos. Magical tattoos are done by very few people and even fewer people do them as well as Dakota. We are 2 days away from a full moon and she has to complete a magical tattoo on a warewolf before that moon rises. Its a very interesting story and I really enjoyed reading it. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
Apr 27, 2016 Elionore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-spirit
Holla, die Waldfee!
Was für ein Rausch, was für ein Trip, welch großes Abenteuer!

Dakota, die Protagonistin, ist sehr sympathisch. Frech, ein bisschen vorlaut, mit dem Herz am richtigen Fleck, und obwohl sie sehr taff ist, merkt man, das es gelegentlich nur gespielt ist und sie dennoch Angst und Furcht hat. Ein sehr gut ausbalancierter Charakter, mit viel Witz, der einem so einfach Spaß am Lesen schenkt.

Der Handlungsverlauf geht in etwa so: Bäm-Bäm-Bäm-Verdammt, in was bin ich hier herein geraten-
Jul 23, 2015 Valerie rated it really liked it
I either got this book as a Kindle freebie back in 2011, but never got around to reading it. Then, it stayed in my Kindle library, mostly forgotten, until a challenge from my Urban Fantasy Aficionadas book club had me looking into past group reads. Add in low cost Whispersync narration, and I was off and running in dual formats. What I experienced was a well-written start to what could easily become a solid urban fantasy series.

I could not help but draw comparisons between this book and some of
Oct 15, 2014 chucklesthescot rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, abandoned
I really liked the sound of the plot. Although I have no personal interest in tattoos, I liked the idea of making magical tattoos and thought it made add something different to the urban fantasy story. It turned out to be fairly interesting especially when compared to other elements of the book.

The plot was my issue in several ways. Right from the start I was not enjoying it. This book did not feel like the urban fantasy that it advertised itself to be. I was getting the feeling that the author
Feb 02, 2011 Paradoxical rated it really liked it
This book is... interesting.

The main character, Dakota, is tall, has a mohawk, and inks magical tattoos. Sounds interesting, yes? Well, it is, for the most part. Several stereotypes just leap out at me (I was a bit 'meh' about Dakota's characterization when I started reading, but I liked it much more as I went on), while other things in the book are wholly surprising and kind of ridiculous, like the author attempted to break the stereotypes the genre has, but did it in such a manner that made me
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Dakota Frost, "the best magical tattooist in the Southeast" is a woman of many words - most of them "fuck" or full of bravado. In this supernaturally populated alternate version of Atlanta, magic is real and out. People who know and run in the magical sectors (vampires, weres, other creatures) are known as "Edgeworlders" and Miss Frost is definitely one of them. One of the many forms of magic or "mana" as it is referred to throughout the book, is the aspect of skindancing for which the series is ...more
Jun 21, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
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I must admit that the cover for this book really caught my attention. Then the blurb – it really drew me in too. I am not going to say that this book didn’t quite live up to my expectations, but I will say that it was a cool story with a great heroine. It just needed a little more polish.

Frost Moon is the first book in Anthony Francis’ Skindancer series. This is a series full of promise. It’s the story of Dakota Frost, a tattoo artist who draws m
Oct 06, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it
Dakota Frost is not your average tattooist but a magical one, this means her tattoos can move and she is the best in the Southeast. Her skills are so good she has been recruited by the police/feds to help track down a killer. What seems like a quick question and answer session turns into so much more.

The world "Edgeworld" is also quite good, in this genre it seems difficult to find something so original. This alternate reality is fresh and well done, as a person who knows nothing about tattoos I
Jason (RawBlurb)
Magical tattoos, christian vampires, were-creatures, and men in black. magicians, lesbians, men in dog suits, blood, gore, blind witches, karate and unanswered questions.

when i first got this as an e-book advance release from the publisher, i dipped into it and was not impressed. a month later i came back to it ans had a completely different reaction.

second chance was much better. the characters became tangible and the story more fluid.

it is a single serving book, awesome and definitely one i wo
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Dr. Anthony G. Francis, Jr. is a science fiction writer and computer scientist who started writing urban fantasy because he likes it. The Dakota Frost series combines Anthony's love of hard science, fantastic magic, alternative culture, and strong, feisty women.

Even though the siren call of computing eventually pulled him out to the San Francisco Bay Area, he still chose to set the Dakota Frost s
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