The Tattooed Duchess
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...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
Second book in, this book hit all the right notes. Expanded the cast, a deeper look in the word, dire consequences from the first book’s events, and on. I really enjoyed getting another look at the main characters, only 2 books in, it was already like checking in with old friends.
I listened to the audiobook for this one. It was fantastic. The (woman) narrator had distinct inflections/dialects for each character that really worked. A++
But demon fight was intriguing.
I'll continue on to the next book.
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 ...more
I usually attempt to rate a book based upon ...more
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 divine conflict that will push her newfound abilities to their limits.
As sinister and magical forces unite against her, Rina
I love the pacing of this book. The characters change, and reveal more of themselves as they face various obstacles to overcome at a well crafted pace.
Rina's suitor and the situation with his inappropriate relationship matching with her inappropriate relationship is perfect. It did seem a little cheap to have Alem overhear literally the one sentence without any context that could throw him into a spiral of despair. Rina's rebuilding of h ...more
A rag tag team came together to save Klaar from the Perranese invaders and help Rina reclaim the throne. Now, they must all take separate paths to find more magic and help keep Klaar free from Perranese invaders.
Alem and Rina's romance hits a major roadblock and Alem joins Tosh on a journey south. Maurizan also is on the ship to bring Rina help from the Scattered Isles, and she eventually forgives Alem for falling for Rina.
Brasley and Talb ...more
Annoyed with the ending. Not even really a cliffhanger, just an ending. There is SO much up in the air that I can’t believe they let this chapter/section be published as a complete book.
I couldn’t even remember what book 1 was about until a ways into the second book. I only knew that I had read and finished it (book 1) because I rated it on Goodreads. I did begin to recall the first book as I was reading and began remembering certain characters, but, that does say something doesn’t it? ...more
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 ...more
The first wrapped up neatly with some loose ends still there for tugging but overall it wasn't ready to completely unravel like a poorly stitched sweater that a runaway Jack Russel terrier has snagged a thread of.
The end of this is a hot mess and reads more like the season finale to some streaming show rather than a novel. The narrator even announces when episodes end lending to that concept. But I was here for a bo ...more
I have nothing but good to say about this second book in the series. I liked the first one but to be honest, I almost didn’t download this one, but I did and thank goodness! It was even better than the first one! Totally put together story with multiple characters and locations. Fast paced, great fight scenes and Rina and Allums romance is wonderfully complex. I like the way Gischler writes his romance scenes. Just juicy enough. These characters are all so different and enjoyable. The narrator o ...more
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 ...more
The biggest issue with this one is that plot wise, not a lot happens. A range of sub-plots are started but none of them are brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
It is unfortunate that the book ends abruptly with a note that the actual story is continued in the third book in the series. Whilst continuing the story in a final book is part and parcel of a trilogy, ...more
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. ...more
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.
So maybe it's just the right ink mage at the right stress level kinda read. ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
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!
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 ...more