- Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 437 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 170mm x 34mm | 240g
- Publication date: 4 March 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0425231976
- ISBN 13: 9780425231975
- Sales rank: 41,699
Four of today's hottest urban fantasy writers together for the first time! From today's most provocative authors come four tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance exploring body art that is more than it seems-in a world of magic and mayhem that always leaves its mark. This captivating tattoo theme surrounds each author's popular characters and worlds: Karen Chance's war mage Lia de Croissets, Marjorie M. Liu's demon-hunter Maxine Kiss, Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld Intelligence Agency operative Camille D'Artigo, and Eileen Wilk's Lupi world.
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Karen Chance has lived in France, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, but always comes back to America. She currently lives in Central Florida, the home of make-believe, which may explain a lot. Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles. Eileen Wilks is a national bestselling author and a three-time RITA Award finalist, and has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by "Romantic Times."
By Georgia 05 Jul 2011
"Inked" is a collection of four stories by authors Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, Yasmine Galenorn & Eileen Wilks. The main theme, as the title may suggest, concerns magical tattoos and the way their properties play a part in each story. Yet this collection has also another common denominator mainly that all stories are to a certain extent crime novellas. The chief characters are called in to investigate a crime or to apprehend a criminal.
The first story is set in the Cassandra Palmer universe, but it runs parallel to it, introducing new characters. Packed with action and humour readers get to follow the protagonist as she is trying to solve a murder case. Well written, fast yet comprehensive, the story unravels itself harmoniously until the last paragraph. 4/5
The second story is a Hunter Kiss novella. It bears all the marking of Ms Liu's intense and eerie writing. Here too the protagonist investigates a murder. Excellent descriptions and a colourfull narrative make this the darkest of the stories. On the downside, if you are unfamiliar with the Hunter Kiss series you may find it difficult to tune in to the subtext of the plot, which is unfortunately important. 3/5
The third story is an Otherworld novella. This one pales in comparison to the other three and becomes the weakest link in the collection. It feels sloppy and shallow. Also it doesn't help that it is set in world complicated enough to make readers feel that they miss a lot while reading it. People unfamiliar with Ms Galenorn's writing style may also find it explicit. 2/5
The fourth one is set in the Lupus series universe, but like the first story, it maintains its individuality. A well written story, that makes you think you are in a Columbo or Matlock episode. Well laid out plot that never sees a dull moment or an inconsistency in its narrative. 4/5
So if you like your urban fantasy laced with crime and mystery or alternately if you don't mind your cops and robbers story be filled with werewolves, wizards, faeries and the lot, this collection should be included in your "to read"-list.