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Blood & Ink

(Ink Born #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  36 reviews
It turns out that saving the day comes at a cost. In this case, my home in Wildrun. Oh, and my freedom.

Keirn called in a few favours with his friend, Fein. In return for a new life and some help hiding the fact that I’m an ink magician, we belong to the elf that runs half of Prague. Some rumours say he runs half the continent.

There’s an art thief in town, and Fein’s deci
Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Published May 5th 2017 by Chaos Fox
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Len Evans Jr
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Wow... that was one amazing ride. The author awesome at not only writing great action, with an incredible magic system, but does all that while still writing an incredible story about the people's lives, loves and other issues. I was kinda pissed when at the beginning of this book both Dacian and Keirn's lives got totally screwed up and I didn't think it was fair. However over the course of the book she crafted a much larger picture and filled in so much more that the puzzle pieces all started t ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good second in series

Blood and Ink by Holly Evans continues the story where book one left off. You could probably read this without realizing book one and not get lost. Tattoos placed by a tattoo magician is so different than other tattoos, magic tattoos come alive and can leap off of you if you let them. In this book, there is an evil magician that is stealing magic tattoos which kills the victim. Our two gay tattoos,one is a magical tattooist and one is an elf artist, are drafted to help find
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 stars
This book is definitely not a standalone. Even though I had read the first book, I was still a bit lost in the beginning since it was so long ago. That being said, I really enjoyed this world that the author created despite having to play catch up in the beginning. It’s a big departure from the light romances that I usually read, and I thought it a really good change of pace. Dacian is definitely not perfect as the MC. It is his voice that provides the basis for the story and we g
Ben Mcpeake
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, m-m-romance
For me this book was a mess. I love Dacian, Keirn and Vyx but that's about it. I hated Fien and Shadow and Luke were not developed enough for me to care about them and it just seemed like everyone was against Dacian for no reason and i think it is completely reasonable for Dacian to not like Fien or Tyn seeing as they threatened Keirn's safety if he didn't do exactly what they wanted and it pissed me off that he didn't tell anyone about it.

The writing was also very inconsistent and sloppy throug
caroline wilson
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another good addition to the series

I received this book for an honest opinion.
This is the 2nd book in the ink born series and follows Dacian to Europe where he's on the run from what went down in the last book with the council. Now that he's been exposed as an ink magician we find him and his mismatched group of friends in Prague on the goodwill of an acquaintance of kairns another elf called fain. Though whether he's a good ally to have is another story.
Coming to terms with his abilities that h
Rosalind M
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The pacing doesn't align with the supposed urgency of the situation, the plot was not strong enough, and Keirn and his spirit animals are the only characters I find myself caring about. Also, the ink network is a magic system full of potential that hasn't been tapped into, almost as if the author wasn't sure what to do with it at this point.
J C Steel
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dacian Corbeaux and his tattoo partner Keirn have fled to Prague, and are living embedded on the edge of the Magical Quarter, under the protection of a powerful wood elf named Fein. However, rumours of an ink magician in the city are spreading despite all the protection the elf can give, and Dacian's relationship with the ink is still uncertain - too uncertain to allow him to interpret the message it's trying to give him so urgently that he can hardly focus on the work he does to earn his protec ...more
 B. Sinsational
Balance is a bit of, but still a good read!
After having read the first part in this series I was eager to get to see how the story continued. I had been thoroughly enchanted by the inventive storyline, and vivid characters. This book was not up to par with the first one. This is still a good read, dont get me wrong, but after some afterthought I realised that in a supernatural book, you expect the focus to be on the “adventure” or supernatural event, and not on sexual encounters or preferences i
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an extraordinarily good book. I really liked the first book, but the time I was able to understand all of the fantasy terms and creatures, it had ended. I was on another level with this book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. There is new characters in the story that you quickly get attached too. More mysteries surround them as Fien becomes a stronger character in this book as Dacian and Keirn become even more bonded as Isa breaks it off with Dacian. Art is being stolen and Fein, who now is o ...more
The Mysterious Reader
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the author’s excellent Ink Born series, following up from book 1, Stolen Ink. You really need to read that book first in order to get full enjoyment out of this one. Don’t worry though, it’s excellent and you won’t regret reading it first. Frankly, the whole concept of Ink magic, introduced in book 1, is an extraordinarily neat one that is handled perfectly.

If you did read that first book (which pretty much means you enjoyed it) then I can virtually guarantee you’ll l
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one a little less than the previous one... Isaiah's backstory was so handwavy and vague that I thought for sure we were going to find out more specifics about it in the second book and, uh, that didn't happen. Also there were some new characters who weren't very well developed, and the romantic plot seemed to come out of nowhere considering who Dacian was having sexual tension with in the previous book.

The plot was less satisfying, too, since Dacian is pulled kicking and screaming
Stephanie Smith
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the ink born series, and although I believe this could be read stand-alone, you will get much more from it if you have read the first book. This book continues to follow Dacian (an ink magician) and his friends Keiren and Vyx after they have had to escape from Wildborn and are now based in Prague in Europe.

Life is never simple though, everyone has demands and expectations, except for his friends that just need his love and support and provide the same to him without q
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Rene Averett
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intriguing concepts and good story

I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. It is tightly written and keeps the book moving most of the time. The main character is interesting and likeable, which kept me pulling for him. The protagonist has an entourage surrounding him, which at times is a bit cloying. Ms. Evans has a tendency to repeat herself with certain information too often. As a reader, I got the message. But overlooking that little issue, the story is well plotted and unique. Worth the
Lillian I.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
The second in the series, this book continues the story of ink magician Dacien as he and his ink partner move to Prague and become involved with an high level elf who provides them living quarters so long as they work for him. The elf character also appears in Ms. Evans Alchemist series. As with her first book, the story is well written and has a tight plot. The tendency to repeat certain phrases continues and can be irritating. As I reader, I got it... you don't need to repeat it over and over. ...more
From Magnolia Reviews: Three Petals

The magic in this series is some of the most unique I've ever read and that is the main reason I really enjoyed reading this book. While I do recommend it, I have to warn that you will need to have recently read book one in the series for this book two to make much sense as very little detail or description is provided as a reminder.

Read the full review on Maggie's website:
Kriselda Gray
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book.

This is the second book in Holly Evans "Ink Born" series and picks up right where "Stolen Ink" left off, with Dacian and friends moving to a new city in hopes of staying ahead of those who'd like to use his special skills for their own ends.

One result of the move is that he is no longer able to be his own boss, and getting used to working for someone else isn't easy. Plus there are, of course, the emotional ramifications of such a sudden mo
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-paranormal
I'm still liking this series a lot despite the fact the world building isn't spectacular. Alot of things aren't explained that just appear but I'm slowly starting to get a grasp on the ink magic itself. I like how Dacian is basically fighting to figure out everything and his whole life seems to be in chaos. I was fairly ambivalent to Isa's (view spoiler)
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, sf
So I guess the author took the criticism of the first book, namely that the love relationship was super weak and uninteresting, to heart, because she breaks them up in this book and actually puts the MC with the person who made sense! I don't really remember anything much else about the first book, and alas, she didn't really remedy my ignorance, but I liked this okay anyway. Will totally read the next one.
Chancey Knowles
3.5 rounded up. The change in setting takes the story in a different direction. Our Ink Magician is very resistant to all the changes. It is really hard to review and give any evidence without spoilers. I was surprised by some twists and not others. The world is still very interesting and unique. For the 2nd (& transitional) story it was fine. The overall story arc was moved forward nicely. I will read the third installment of this series.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series but I have to now wait until August for the next book.......NO......I can't wait to see what is going to happen next. It is well written with well developed characters. I am so looking forward to the next book.
Linda  Susan  Buerkett
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unusual and amazingly different

What an awesome story. Wonderfully imaginative. I loved this book. And the first look also. It caught and held my Attention late into the night and early morning. DaCien needs a lover to ground him. Hope he finds it in the next bpok
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Part of a series but each book is a complete story. Love the writing, characters and story - so much that I bought the rest of the books in the series.
Adriane Alexander
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoying the relationships between the characters and the complex story line.
Earlene Harrison
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Proofing is better

But storyline is slow also main character act like a 13 year old instead of the adult I'm reading about.
Bran Zesti
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy ..... just as good as the first one, if not better. We're the next one and I'm betting it just as good as the last two!! If not better.
Devyn Jayse
Great sequel to the first book. Snappy dialogue & fun action. Want to read Book 3.
Cryogenic Fire
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well worth a read

An excellent follow up to the first book in the series. Great characters and storyline, and I enjoyed the brief nod to Supernatural (made me chuckle).
A great carry on from the first book, must try to fit the next book in soon.
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Holly Evans is an urban fantasy author with an unhealthy fascination with blades, a deep love of hellhounds, and would love one day to wake up as a fae. When she isn't wrangling rogue characters and trying to tame her muse, she's researching shiny new ninja moves. During her spare time she fights crime and rights wrongs on the streets of County Kerry.

Other books in the series

Ink Born (5 books)
  • Stolen Ink (Ink Born, #1)
  • Ink Bound (Ink Born, #3)
  • Ritual Ink (Ink Born, #4)
  • Cursed Ink (Ink Born, #5)