Frost Moon (Skindancer #1)
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
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
I am conflicted.
On the one hand, I loved the premise of Frost Moon. Dakota Frost is a magical tattooist who gets entangled in a serial killer case. She also has to deal with politics in both supernatural and human community. Next, I loved the idea of a bi protagonist. Nothing about Dakota's sexual orientation is in your face. You just get titbits of information through whatever is happening in her life. Nobody is apologizing or explaining it here and I found it refreshing.
On the other hand, ...more
So when there's nothing objectively wrong wit ...more
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
Dakota Frost is a Skindancer, a magical tattooist who can bring her own tattoos to life using magic. She can also tattoo magically onto others for looks, protection or many other magical reasons. She is one of the best, and as such she is challenged by a stage magician, whose mission is to prove he is just as good as any other magician by attempting to copy their work in a magical dual of sorts.
Before this can go ahead, she is contacted by a special branch ...more
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
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
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
I don't know, I felt she was way too manly and I r ...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
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
I really enjoyed this book. The world is rich with interesting characters. My ...more
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...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
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
The plot was my issue in several ways. Right from the start I was not enjoying it. This book did not feel like the urban fantasy that it advertised itself to be. I was getting the feeling that the author ...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
"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
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