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Frost Moon

Frost Moon

Book rating: 04 Paperback Skindancer

By (author) Francis Anthony

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  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
  • Format: Paperback | 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Smyrna
  • ISBN 10: 0984325689
  • ISBN 13: 9780984325689
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 517,504

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Her Magic Will Get Under Your Skin. Her Story Will Fill Your Imagination Dakota Frost's Enthralling Saga Begins . . . In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where shapeshifters party at the urban clubs and vampires rule the southern nights like gangsters, where demure witches sip coffees at the local cafes and mysterious creatures command the dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost's talents are coveted by all: She's the best magical tattoo artist 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 Feds seek Dakota's help. Can she find the killer in the dark fringe of the city's magical Edgeworld? What kind of enemies and allies will she attract among the powerful outcasts and tormented loners, who see her as a threat, a seduction, an unexpected champion . . . or as delicious prey. FROST MOON is Book One of the SKINDANCER fantasy series by debut author Anthony Francis. Filled with unforgettable characters, spine-tingling action, scenes of sheer wonder, kinky rebellion and edgy love, FROST MOON is storytelling at its most classic, and Dakota Frost is an irresistible new star of fantasy fiction.

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By Jennifer Juckes 04 Jul 2012 3

I can't say that I was overly keen on this book. It had some good places, but equally I did feel my mind wandering. I think mostly it's because I didn't really gel with the main character, this is really really important to me.

The first chapter was fine, but I found I didn't really feel that the story flowed enough after that. The plot and the synopsis sounded great, but the actually delivery was not up to my expectations.

I did at times have to put down this book and then pick it up again at a later date. I did feel about giving up on it about halfway but persevered. I'm pleased I did as I don't really like giving up on books; they have to be really dire for me to do that. It did pick up pace a little toward the ending, even that left me with a luke warm feeling. Things did get a little predictable in places too, not many surprises for me or plot twists.

As I said earlier I wasn't keen on the main character Dakota, but there were the odd few characters in the story that I did like; such as Cinnamon the Were-Tiger.

I don't honestly think I will be carrying on with the series. Shame really as it was such a promising book.

I was given a copy of this book for review purposes.

By Shelley Cusbert 23 Sep 2011 4

Dakota Frost is a magical tattoo artist, the best in the SouthEast, with a mohawk that adds even more height to her 6ft2 heavily tattooed frame, a penchant for leather and an eye for a gorgeous man, or woman - she's not particularly fussy. I love Dakota, she is feisty and confident and is a little different from the usual urban fantasy heroine. Dakota identifies her self as a Skindancer - her tattoo's are more than just art, she has the ability to make her tattoos live, the vines that adorn her body can create an impenetrable barrier, the butterfly on her wrist can flap it's wings and flutter around the room and the dragon that is wrapped sinuously around her entire body will save her life. Yet Dakota isn't invincible, behind the bravado she is ill-equipped to defend herself and when she becomes the target of a serial killer we learn of her physical and emotional vulnerability.
There are some quirky support characters including Dakota's ex girlfriend who is a Christian vampire Queen, the blind graphomancer/witch and a rather unprofessional man in black. The most delightful is Cinnamon, a teenage were tiger stray who attaches herself to Dakota with fierce devotion. It will be interesting to see how these characters play out during the series.
The plot of Frost Moon is fast paced and cleverly layered, there are several seemingly disparate threads that slowly weave together as the story unfolds. This is a gritty urban fantasy, there are some scenes and innuendo that are unpleasant though (with the exception of one which includes a ball gag and a cage) I didn't feel they were gratuitous. However I didn't think Dakota needed to salivate over everyone that crossed her path but I wrote that off as a misstep of a male author and was willing to overlook it.
I thought the world building was creative though I could have done without the street by street tour of Atlanta, it probably has more significance for someone who knows the city but I didn't find it relevant. There is plenty of interesting variety in the population though, vampires, weres of all descriptions, magicians, witches to name just a few. The Edgeworlders are part of the human world but very much on it's fringes at the same time.

Frost Moon is an interesting and imaginative urban fantasy series debut with attitude. It's a little darker than most with some raw edges but I am looking forward to seeing in what direction the author takes the second installment. Luckily I have Blood Rock to directly follow up with.

By Niina C 18 Sep 2011 4

L5P. That's Little Five Point, a place that tolarates the supernatural but also home to Dakota Frost a tattoo artist. But not just any tattoo artist, Dakota is magical tattoo artist, meaning she can ink you with charms and symbols that have magical properties.

Life isn't dull for Dakota at the moment, she catches the interest of a werewolf who is looking for a artist to tattoo a binding ward on him to help him control his wolf at full moons, she also needs to go for help from her ex-girlfriend turned vampire with a submissive streak... and it just so happens that a famous illusionist is challenging her to see if she's a fake and if tattoo magic is real on his TV show. Not to mention a very young weretiger girl that tags along after one memorable Halloween party, well perhaps party is not a word she'd use... But no, that's not nearly all.

There is killer about and the police and FBI seek Dakota to help identify a tattood piece of skin and help them catch the killer who ribs it's victims to pieces at full moons. Lending a hand to FBI agent turns out isn't that bad but the more she thinks about it the more it seems to hit home with her werewolf client, is she right to suspect him or is there something more sadistic around.

"I first started wearing a Mohawk to repel low-lifes - barflies, vampires, Republicans, and so on - but when I found my true profession it turned into an ad. People's eyes are drawn by my hair - no longer a true Mohawk, but a big, unruly "deathhawk," a stripe of feathered black, purple and white streaks climbing down the center of my head - but their gaze lingers on the tattoos, which start as tribal vines in the shaved spaces on either side of the 'hawk and then cascade down my throat to my shoulders, flowering into roses and jewels and butterflies.
Their colors are so vivid, their details so sharp many people mistake them for body paint, or assume that they can't have been done in the States. Yes, they're real; no, they're not Japanese - they're all, with a few exceptions, done by my own hand, right here in Atlanta at the Rogue Unicorn in Little Five Points. Drop by - I'll ink you. Ask for Dakota Frost."

Thrilling writing, a real urban fantasy feel with a heroine who's not to belittled by anyone, seriously she's over six foot tall... Francis writes beautifully and draws out a world of shifters, vampires, tattoo artists and their clients, while death stalks closer with the next Full Moon.

Fun, witty, sarcastic and grimly colorful Frost Moon is for the fans of the nightlife where more is alive than meets the naked eye! Dakota is wonderful, this girl appreciate the beauty of both sexes without going romance, has a snarky attitude and a deathhawk to go with it, and tattooed to no end. She a heroine like I've never met before and I love her!

By Sarah Merchant 13 Jun 2011 4

Dakota Frost is the best magical tattooist in Atlanta, Georgia. She's also a skindancer, able to bring her tattoos to life, a unique ability in a world full of magic. Dakota is brought into a police and Fed investigation to help look for a serial killer who targets extraordinary tattoos. But helping out places her and her friends in extreme danger. Can she survive and outwit the killer before he gets her?

This was an exciting, action-packed story. The plot moves swiftly, and there are a few twists and turns that caught me by surprise. The identity of the serial killer? Shocking.

Dakota is a kick-ass tough chick, who has a surprising vulnerable side. I found her to be a mixture of two extremes that didn't quite mesh. If either, or both, sides were a little less exaggerated, she would be an amazing character. She was still a worthy heroine with human flaws. Although I could have done without the need for her to find everyone attractive, and to have everyone attracted to her. It was a little unnecessary and distracting.

My favourite character without a doubt was Cinnamon. How can you not love a self-described were-tigger. Yes, T-I-double gg-er. She is so full of life and bounce and mischief. Every scene she appeared in had me smiling at her behaviour.

This is the first in the series, and I can't wait for the next book. Which is supposedly coming this summer. Yea!

By Nicola Markus 04 May 2011 5

This is a wonderfully original novel that really drew me in.

The idea of magical tattoos came across really well. It is such a fresh concept and that meant that the novel was full of surprises because I wasn't anticipating what would happen based on the pre-conceived ideas used in many paranormal romance and urban fantasy pieces. Sure, there are the usual vampires and weres too, but it never became clichéd.

Dakota Frost is a larger than life heroine who really fills the page and helps engage the reader. I thought her interactions with others were all well-written and believable. I found the character of Cinnamon a tad annoying, but I think that was mainly due to her bad grammar - a pet peeve of mine.

The story was well paced with plenty of suspense and several twists that I didn't see coming. This is the first book in a planned series and it has certainly captured my interest enough to make me want to read the next instalment.

Check this out if you are looking for an urban fantasy novel with something new to offer!

I received this novel as a free ebook ARC from NetGalley.