Frost Moon

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Frost Moon

Skindancer, Book 1

"Frost Moon" by Anthony Francis is the imaginative tale that introduces Dakota Frost, magical tattooist, as she is trying to deal with several significant demands on her skills. A mysterious were-wolf has a particular design that he wants inked to give him more control just as Dakota is being requested to assist the Feds in locating the being that is harvesting tattoos and the skin they have been inked on. This is quickly followed by a challenge of her skills that could result in a significant cash prize even as it confirms her superiority in her field. Dakota's ethics will not allow her to ink an unknown design that she has not had evaluated by both a reputable witch and graphomancer, particularly since the werewolf's potential tattoo has Nazi ties. Unfortunately, she will also need to consult with a were tattooist and that will require safe passage to his location and necessitate that she request the assistance of her ex-girlfriend, the vampire queen of Little Five Points. Dakota incurs the wrath of a rival vampire, meets the Lord of the Hunt, and inexplicably acquires a were-tiger follower. Add in several attractive potential allies and she may have more than she and her special tattoos can handle.

Fascinating tale that has many creative twists in a story that has plenty of action and wonderful secondary characters. Intricate relationships between the different factions of the city as well as inventive treatments of tattoos, air vehicles, were-beings and the architecture of a truly underground Atlanta make this a unique and entertaining read. The romantic entanglements that Dakota has to deal with are a bit unbelievable but she is a charismatic and complicated being and there are mesmerizing descriptions of her tattoo transference that make this a mystical read.

Book Blurb for Frost Moon

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 Feds seek Dakota's help. Can she find the killer on the dark fringe of the city's Edgeworld? Among its powerful outcasts and tortured loners, what kind of enemies and allies will she attract? Will they see her as an invader, as a seducer, as 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, kinky rebellion and edgy love, FROST MOON is classic storytelling at its best, and Dakota Frost is an irresistible new star of fantasy fiction.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2011 4.50