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Product Details

  • Series: Skindancer
  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (July 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611940133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611940138
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Anthony G. Francis, Jr. is a science fiction writer and computer scientist who started writing urban fantasy because he likes it. The Dakota Frost series combines Anthony's love of hard science, fantastic magic, alternative culture, and strong, feisty women.

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 series in Atlanta, Georgia, where he spent nearly half his life and which he has learned to love like no other place on Earth.

When not making computers smarter or writing science fiction and fantasy, Anthony blogs about his life, his writing and his research at The Library of Dresan. He also writes an occasionally updated webcomic, f@nu fiku. He currently lives in San Jose with his wife and cats.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Guy on August 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
In "Blood Rock", the second Dakota Frost novel, the title character is in trouble. Her home, Atlanta, is under attack by a magical graffiti artist with dubious goals and no morals. All over the city vampires, weres, and humans are being attacked by painted thorns and flames. The mundane police prove less than effective, and the body count continue to rise. As Dakota's life is disrupted more and more by the tagger, it becomes vital that she stop him before it's too late.

That's a rough plot outline, and looking back at it, doesn't sound too different from other urban fantasies. What makes "Blood Rock" stand out are the quality of writing, the original magical system, and the sheer urban feel twined through the novel. Francis' writing continues to be really solid overall, and shines when describing visuals such as Dakota's tatoos, Cinnamon's were-tiger features, and urban graffiti. He also does a great job balancing the vampires, weres and humans within society and the novel itself; many other urban fantasies conform too much to stereotype.

I'm a huge fan of the magic system he's come up with. It's cool, with magical tattoos being the protagonist's weapon of choice. Mechanically speaking, I like the concept that they operate somewhat like electrical circuits, just with different governing mathematics. Lastly, the magical system actually contributes to the urban feel. The only other author I can think of that does that (by using graffiti, funnily enough) is Haley in
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. McMullen on August 15, 2011
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This is the sequel to Frost Moon. It's not essential to read Frost Moon first to understand the story, but it does make it more enjoyable.

Dakota Frost is back. She is trying to enroll her adapted were-tiger daughter, Cinnamin, in a good school when she gets called to a shocking scene. Her vampire friend Remy is caught in a grafitti tag which has come to life and is killing him. And he's not the first missing vampire. Pretty soon, the grafitti is all over Atlanta and killing weres and humans as well as vampires. And then, the fires start.

Dakota is trying to investigate when she suddenly becomes accused of setting the fires and of being the grafitti artist. After all, she does create magic tatoos. Social Services shows up to take Cinnamin away and her close friends start dying...

This is a complicated story with a number of subplots and very well done. I really like how Dakota remains a imperfect human who makes mistakes and doesn't always think first.

The magic theories are well thought out and fascinating. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Axford VINE VOICE on August 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Title Blood Rock
Author Anthony Francis
Tags series, paranormal, dakota frost, tattoos, magic, shapeshifters, vampires, graffiti

Rating ****1/2

This is the second in Francis' Skindancer series about magical tattoo artist Dakota Frost. The magic in the tattoos is literal. They can move, transfer from Dakota to someone else, and store and release magical energy. Frost Moon was an impressive debut, yet Blood Rock easily passes it as a truly unique and inventive novel. Dakota is called to a horrifying scene by the police. She arrives to find Revenance, a vampire she likes and respects, captured and attacked by magical graffiti. Dakota does her best to rescue him but he is killed. The situation quickly becomes a crisis when others - humans, vampires, and shapeshifters - are attacked. To stop the attacks Dakota must first figure out how the graffiti works. Being the police's main suspect is a hindrance, to say the least, and she also loses custody of her adopted teenage daughter, Cinnamon. Cinnamon is a weretiger and her school has just discovered she is a mathematical genius.

Blood Rock is one of the most fascinating reading experiences I've ever had, and I read a lot. It is rare one finds a truly unique plot. Ally that with compelling characters, a delving into the science behind magic, and the brilliant use of the Atlanta setting and you have a book with a stunning impact.

The only downside is a tendency to throw too much at the main character. Most humans would curl up into a fetal ball and whimper. I would also have recommended a different title. Since I read a lot of mysteries and a lot of paranormal fiction, I'm all too aware how many books have blood in the title, and that it makes it harder for a title to stand out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Jennison on May 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Blood Rock is the second in a series of urban fantasies by Anthony Francis featuring Dakota Frost. This time around, Dakota must face a killer who is using magical graffiti to reach out and kill seemingly in much the same way she uses her tattoos for offense and defense. With graffiti popping up all over Atlanta, deaths occurring, and friends affected, Dakota worries - will Cinnamon be next?

I gave Blood Rock 4 stars. Overall it is a good book. My basic complaint was with how much or little emotion Dakota was showing during some scenes in the book. I felt that it wasn't really supported by other things in the text. Her lack of emotion in one scene in particular where a friend dies seemed peculiar.

Otherwise, the notion of magical graffiti was awesome. This was the first time I had come across that in my reading and found it very interesting. The exploration as to how it works exactly got a little heavy at times, but was interesting and important to the world building and ultimately to the plot. It also allowed for a comparison and further exploration as to how Dakota's magic works.

If you enjoy slightly darker urban fantasy, you will like Blood Rock.

I received a copy of this book for my unbiased opinion.
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