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Frost Moon (Skindancer #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,327 ratings  ·  252 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...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Bell Bridge Books
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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...more

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...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Apr 03, 2011 Maja (The Nocturnal Library) rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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Mrs. Badass
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...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
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...more
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...more
Jan 29, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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Here's the official description from Amazon:
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...more
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...more
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...more
Mandi Schreiner

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

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...more
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...more
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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
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
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.
Awesome book! I love Dakota, Jinks, Cinammon and even Phillip! I must read the next and hope there is more to come!
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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
She-Wolf Reads
This book really has me on the fence. In reading books in the urban fantasy genre, I tend to look for two things: interesting world-building and good characters. Frost Moon does have some appealing world-building – the alternate reality called “Edgeworld” where the vampires, shifters, and magicians reign supreme was definitely interesting. I admit that I felt a little fuzzy on the details of this world but it was interesting nonetheless. And Dakota’s ability to ink magical tattoos was probably t...more
Welcome to the world of Dakota Frost, the best magical tattoo artist in the south. Strap yourselves in and prepare for a rocking introduction to a slightly alternate world of vampires, weres, and true magics, seers, witches, and all manner of other goodly beasties. There's murder and mayhem and a brutal beating or three. There's confusion and mystery, doubt and fear, hope and loss. In short, this opening volley across the mighty bow of the Urban Fantasy genre is a classy, intelligent, imaginativ...more
Dakota Frost is a magical tattoo artist - the best in the Southeast. She's also a Skindancer. As it turns out, the fame can hold its disadvantages. Someone has been carving the magical tattoos from bodies for years now, and Dakota finds herself in the middle of the investigation. And even worse, a target.

It took me a little bit to really get into this book, but after the first 50 pages I was hooked. Mr. Francis tells a unique and exciting story. We are transported into an "alternate Atlanta" wh...more
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...more
Overall I really enjoyed this book which kind of surprises me. At first I wasn't so sure the main character is a 6 foot tall woman with magical tats, a Mohawk and a I'm going to kick your ass mentality that was a little off putting. That is until you get to know her. Dakota Frost is a well known magical tat artist her designs are for lack of a better word incredible. How do I know Mr. Francis describes them in such a way you actually can see them and if his words are any indicat...more
I was given a early e-book copy of this book from the publisher and found that I really loved the world that this author set up in this book. I love reading books that deal with tattoos and tattoo artist, so it was great to see Dakota as the main character runs her own shop. What makes this different from so many other books out there are that there are normal tattoos and there are magical tattoos and Dakota is one of the best at both. She consults on her magical tattoos with an assortment of ot...more
Jan 24, 2010 glitrbug rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers, People with tatts, people who like strong women characters
Recommended to glitrbug by: Early reader e-book from goodreads
FROST MOON by Anthony Francis, book one, the Skin Dancer series---very, very good. If you have ever looked at a tatt of an eagle on a young man's back as he flexes and makes it look like it's soaring or looked at a dragon over a bulging and bunching calf and swore it winked at you, you may have seen a skin dancer. This book is so full of imagination, it makes me want to bead a dragon necklace or a Celtic knot bracelet or just do something creative. It's about shapeshifters, vampires, a magical t...more
Toni (U.A.C.)
Great story! Outstanding job of creating an alternate and awesome world where Vampires, Weres, Magicians and Magical Tattooists exists. Dakota Frost is a skindancer and magical tattooist. Her tats come to life before your very eyes, dancing with power on her skin. She is one of the best. There is a serial killer on the loose who is collecting magical tatoos and when the cops come to Dakota for help she realizes she has to warn the magical people of the underground, she could even be in danger he...more
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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...more
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