A Painted Goddess
When the gods go to war, who will stand against their divine fury?
In the thrilling conclusion to the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the enchanted kingdom of Helva faces a nightmarish future of endless bloodshed, and Rina Veraiin—a young warrior-duchess armed with mysterious, magical tattoos—must use her fantastic powers to save her home from eternal war.
As her far-flun...more
A Painted Goddess was a strong story. The entire A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy caught me by surprise. The story picks up directly after the cliffhangers in The Tattooed Duchess. The author Victor Gischler spent a lot of time setting the enormity of the events the protagonists faced. I h ...more
Update 1/23/17: After letting this sit with me for about a week, I feel only slightly more confident about what I could possibly say about it. This one was a bit more fast paced in places, and a little sluggish in others, but overall th ...more
A Painted Goddess is the final book in the trilogy.
I preferred this book compared to all the others. There was a lot happening, with the various characters in different places for various reasons, but most of all, to help Rina and save everyone. I actually hated Maurizan since book 1 and really couldn't stand her. Also, the ending was okay but I think it is possible for there to be a fourth book.
I try to keep my personal hopes for the characters and conclusions ou ...more
Excellent series. Excellent finale. Loved and hated the ending. I should have seen it coming, but I didn't, not until it was happening. I hated seeing it come to an end. I'd become totally invested. Upon reflection, it's apparent how everything fits at the end. Everything. Superbly done.
Publisher: Amazon/47 North
Publishing Date: January 2016
Publishers Description: When the gods go to war, who will stand against their divine fury? In the thrilling conclusion to the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the enchanted kingdom of Helva faces a nightmarish future of endless bloodshed, and Rina Veraiin—a young warrior-duchess armed with mysterious, magical tattoos—must use her fantastic powers to save he ...more
Many of the conclusions to character arcs were intensely disappointing and a few were baffling.
Maurizan is an infuriating character, Alem like the lead in a harem anime and just as seemingly unremarkable.
Some of the set piece action sequences were utterly lacking. Two characters have an entire veranda of abilities supposedly at their fingertips and we see scant few of them over the entire series. I am unimpressed by how little of Encar's repertoire is ...more
I was given the book by Netgalley in return for an honest review.
When I picked up book 1 of this series, I was looking for a quick, mindless read to pass the time on my commute. I very soon realized there was much more depth to this series than I had previously thought, and I was hooked pretty quickly. It was clever and creative and I found myself caring about who I was reading about, and I especially loved the idea of the ink magic via tattoo system. By book 3, which I started reading as if it was the next chapter in b ...more
I'm gonna actually write a little review for a change, but it's gonna be a review for the series as a whole :)
Very brief synopsis: when her hometown of Klaar is attacked by invading Perranese forces and her parents (the duke and duchess of Klaar) are killed, Rina escapes and is taken to a wizard and given tattoos that give her different kinds of powers. With these new powers, she vows to take back her town of Klaar from the invaders.
That's just a summary of the first book in the tri ...more
Duchess Rina is more or less imprisoned with evil ink mages.
Talbun and Brasley are on a library hunt, where another evil ink mage Ankar (the one who already tried to kill Rina ) searches for answers.
Tosh and some of the former whores went to another land for… I don’t remember why.
Alem and ...more
The fast pace did leave me confused over what was going on at times (Ankar's 180 at the beginning I am STILL confused about), and the ending had me utterly gobsmacked. Was Rina alive?! Was that HER?!
My biggest complaint about this ...more
Where should I start, well what a Fantastic trilogy this has been books one and two was the appetizer for the last in the trilogy which I think is by far the best you had four story lines running at the same time and not wanting to leave any of them which was s!lightly frustrating but gripping and the end of the book I think and hope might give the chance of another trilogy to come from it. I would recommend this trilogy to anyone as its an easy read with a gripping story line
I randomly found this trilogy via related books on Amazon, and figured I'd give it a try. All in all, I loved the story. It was really well written, and the dialog all felt very natural. With all that considered, I give it 4 stars out of 5 because the ending just felt like a cop out. It had the potential to be so much better than it actually is. Despite that, I'd still recommend this book to any fantasy fan.
This series grew on me untill I read this last book in one sitting. The sort of deep trance reading that only let's you go when you finish the last page and realise you are starving and in need of a pee and really really really uncomfortable. My only wish would have been a happier ending for the two girls. Such is life. I would recommend to all lovers of fantasy in need of a good read. Another free kindle gem.
So much happened. After falling in love with all the characters, it's hard to see the story end, but what a journey!
Rina's come so far from being a scared girl running for her life to an ink mage warrior to a duchess, and finally, a nearly unmatched force. I love her growth and struggle, as well as that of all the other characters.
Not really a happy ending type of novel. What really stuck onto my mind was how unloyal Alem was to Rina. Yes he has insecurities about being a stable boy, but there really wasn’t enough trust or honor. Glad I read this series, the world building was done greatly. But I won’t be rereading or buying this series. Just wasn’t really my cup of tea.
This three book series is an incredible journey that will make you want to be there.Absolutely perfect description of characters, emotions and actions are flowing through the great story which is mesmerising. It is a wonderful work of author Victor Gischler and I can recommend this series to anyone who loves adventure, action and immersive storylines.
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