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The Tattooed Duchess (A Fire Beneath the Skin #2)

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In the second installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, Rina Veraiin has youth, beauty, and strength. She is a born warrior, able to outride any man, deal death with her fierce blade, and command awesome and mysterious forces granted to her by a set of magical tattoos. Now as the newly minted duchess of Klaar, Rina confronts a menace that threatens her world in a

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Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by 47North
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Terence
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
Two months after the events of Ink Mage, Rina Veraiin is officially the Duchess of Klaar. She's struggling balancing the life she wants to live with Alem, the desire to use her powers, and the responsibility of being a Duchess. Meanwhile events are unfolding around her that could easily change not only Klaar, but the entire world.

The Tattooed Duchess is a far different story than it's predecessor Ink Mage. I envisioned Rina would turn into one of those kind of hot yet kind of scary tattooed moto
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T
This free Audiobook series started slow but has quickly grown on me. Our kick ass witch as well as her cast of friends have fully developed. Off to book three!
Kushnuma
I received an e-book copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Tattooed Duchess is book 2 in the trilogy.

I wasn't really looking forward to reading this book as I didn't really like the first. But I think I enjoyed this book more than the first and liked that little Epilogue at the end.
Jason M Waltz
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
not quite the caliber of book 1. still holds lots of good fights and bloodshed, subterfuge and scenes of maturation, clever magics and personal heroics, but...too many this-just-happens-to-be-or-do-or-appear-at-just-this-right-moment. too many abrupt turn arounds in personal choices or recoveries from plot twists that only go so far least they disrupt the main story too much. still mostly enjoying the main character and like some depth growth in others, but miss the same in yet others. good pend ...more
Kim E.
4 stars alone for the incredible narration. The second book of the trilogy lived up to the quality its predecessor accustomed us to. It’s a beautifully detailed reality the author creates for us, with a host of complex characters. I do wonder if I would get inpatient with how slow the plot moves, if I had read this instead of listening to it, especially when you look at the overarching story. And the romance that has since gone wayward makes me sad, especially since reviews of the third book ind ...more
Gardavson
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A

Good continuation of the series. Great pacing. Hard to put down. Love the main characters. Eager to get to the next.
James Irvine
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book its a great series so far, its written very well the characters are great love following each one.
Sydney
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These books are bomb diggity. I can't bear to read them as a Kindle Series so I must wait until the whole thing comes out in one book. I assure you, it's so worth the sweet sweet torture of waiting.

I like this series. Like really really like this series. It's intricate and exciting and wonderfully fast-paced. Gischler plays quite a bit with mystery in this book and it adds much to the story. If you read a lot of YA, well actually, read ANYTHING a lot, eventually you figure out what to look for a
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Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Tattooed Duchess by Victor Gischler is the second book in A Fire Beneath The Skin series but it can be read without reading book one first but you will want to because it is so good! I read book one and three and now I read this one, I love them all. Rina is now a Duchess which she is not happy to be but excepts it and is trying to figure out her powers of the tattoos and the spell book. She is trying to do right by her kingdom and her heart while she battling forces from beyond. She has to ...more
william  Goodrow
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The tattooed Duchess

I like the way the story reads so smoothly. Shifting one point to another and then melding them together. I will be watching for the next installment in this story.
Sarah
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fabulous sequel to 'Ink Mage'. By the time I picked this book up, I was very strongly invested in the world of Helva and Klaar, and so devoured it extremely quickly.
Seeing Rina battle with the struggles of being a duchess, alongside the issues the tattoos brought (and Alem) kept this middle book going very well. The skeletal tattoo is indeed horrifying, and I personally loved that addition. The magic system Gischler created with the tattoos was already portrayed as not being all-powerful, thr
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Jamies
Looking forward to more adventures for our team

This book picks up where the first left off. Trying to run a province with no training, guides, and most of the staff is dead; no problem for our new duchess. Actually big problem cuz the gods seem to be fighting and one might've been killed not to long ago. Also that army that just invaded your land, well turns out there's more coming and you need more tattoos to help fight them. Your love life takes a turn and things might even get worse when an o
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Aileana
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like this series. It is well written, and the world building and character development is good. It's not blow your socks off, but it is good. I really like Rina (I relate to her on many levels). The only thing that bugged me was that there were so many different POVs. Though I did enjoy having insight into the "bad guys" (and other characters') side, I found that it was hard to bring myself to care about everyone's problems. I was constantly hoping for the next chapter to be Rina. Rina ...more
Dan
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Great character development , needed ,more story

I loved the first book, I have this strange hate and love of the characters.
I love team world and story but find every character has major faults with terrace personality and I find myself routing for the strangest person out of the main cast.
I did enjoy this book is did feel as if had read quite far without anything actually happening.
n p dobson
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Read

Very little to say other than OUTSTANDING. This Author has now gone into my top ten list of must read more of, I've had little time available for reading but at every chance I get I have too pick it up again, the story line in this book was even more gripping than book one so onto book three and I don't think I will be disappointed. I will be looking forward to reading more books by this Author.
Brian Turner
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Following directly on from Ink Mage, this sees Rina and her companions trying to hold her duchy together while more potent forces are stirring in the wider world.
Everything appears to be happening to get them to book 3, so the ending is really a bunch of loose ends.
Otherwise, the characters are still well written; introduces a few more but doesn't break up the original dynamic.
Michael Campbell
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty well on par with the first one. Light and fun Fantasy, with strong characters that manages to be enjoyable while feeling very familiar.

It does suffer from 2nd book in a trilogy syndrome, as it felt like build up for the next novel mostly.

Still though, plenty of fun adventures and a couple interesting plot developments, worth a read I thought!
Linda
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
For some reason I just can't find any way to like any of the characters in this series. Well I like Mother I guess. The writing is not bad and the plot has lots of good twisty turnies but the characters just seem flat and lifeless and the various events seem rather disjointed somehow. I can tolerate that as a plot device at times but this lasted the entire book.
Bryan457
On the plus side - The tattoo magic is pretty cool. And what's not to like about a swearing, tattood, smoking duchess who occasionally goes berserk and slaughters her enemies.

On the minus side - This one was full of Rina doing boring duchess stuff. Her doomed romance, gag. And it is not a complete book, wraps nothing up, just stops, so best to have the next book on hand.
Leslie
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
2 down 1 to go

The fun and adventurous read continues. Others complained about limited new tattoos... but the characters are so good it doesn't matter.

Book #3 starting in 3... 2...
James
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
enjoyed this book. things got interesting in book two. author keep things well paced.
Carissa
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!

The great story started in the first book is really flushed out here in the second. And of course is left wide open for the third to come and supply so many answers.
Brewergnome
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Weaker than the last. Definitely a "building to the finale" book, it's basically a lot of set up.
Jim Dewey
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun, well written.

The story is compelling with well drawn characters. I am very much looking forward to reading book three. Very satisfying.
Thomas Lee
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book

Good book, kept me in my chair. I don't read books twice, but if I did I would with this one.
Marcos Hallberg
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All pieces in place, just need the epic conclusion on 3rd book :D
Mark
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
book 2

another fantastic book that keeps getting better and better I am now looking forward to reading the next one in this fantastic series
Sian Dawes
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it, great sequel and a good ending (only because the 3rd one is already out so I don't have to wait!)
Sarah
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good, a sequel that is an original story by itself.
John gilbert
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Not quite up to number one, too much unrelated stuff happening, but will soldier on to number 3
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Gischler's debut novel Gun Monkeys was nominated for the Edgar Award, and his novel Shotgun Opera was an Anthony Award finalist. His work has been translated into Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese. He earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Southern Mississippi. His fifth novel Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse was published in
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