- File Size: 1245 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (July 29, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 29, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GMV3GC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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#578,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #1768 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Fantasy
- #2757 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Action & Adventure
- #4741 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
|Digital List Price:||$5.99|
|Print List Price:||$17.95|
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Blood Rock: Volume 2 (The Skindancer Series) Kindle Edition
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One of my favorite characters in this novel is Cinnamon. She has such spunk, and such a bold personality, you can't help but to like her. The drama in the relationship between her and her mom, and her and the world, is very real. It felt organic to me, and I like that in a novel.
The most unique element to this novel, and what really was the one factor that sucked me in without a chance of escape, was tattoo magic. It was a very accurate and plausible way for magic to have evolved in present day. The way Francis addresses magic in general, though, feels realistic. It's regulated, it's not out in the open. None of the supernatural elements are really standing out away from the human side of things, which I like as well. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read it, and I know I will be acquiring more from this author in the very near future.
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.
The plot has been summarized by others and the book summary did a good job. There is graffiti that is killing people and Dakota is looking into it as the "grafitti magic" seems somewhat similar to the "tattoo magic" that she is known for. I did have two quibbles with the book. It is LONG... very very LONG (for Kindle users, it is slightly over 10,000 on the Kindle). I didn't necessarily feel that it dragged, but a LOT went on in this book. That is the second quibble I have with the book; it seemed like so MUCH bad stuff happened to Dakota in the book. Stuff came up about Valentine, the grafitti arson, with Cinnamon, with her lover, etc. Bad stuff just kept happening and piling on. At one point, I wanted to email the author and tell him to give Dakota a break!
So why five stars? The continuation of world-building from the previous book was great as was seeing Dakota become a mom to Cinnamon. Dakota continues to grow and mature. We see her start to control herself a bit for the greater good (in regards to her custody of Cinnamon and keeping peace among the various factions in town). We learned more about her past and her "skindancing" mentor. Characters from the previous book were in here and we learned more things about them. The current story was interesting and kept my interest even though it was exceedingly long. The book kept me riveted and I stayed up until 3am finishing the book. I will gladly buy another book in this series to see what new adventures they have.
"Blood Rock", while not quite as good as "Frost Moon" in my opinion, is still a very good book and a welcome addition to Francis' Skindancer series. This book is non-stop action which could be a bit exhausting at times, but the wonderful characters and exciting storyline kept me turning the pages (or clicking the button on my Kindle, as it were). The concept of the live, magical graffiti which Dakota must battle is definitely creative. I can't wait to see what poor Dakota has to deal with in the next book, but whatever it is, I sure hope she comes out on top. I highly recommend reading "Frost Moon" before beginning this novel. The stories really do build on each other.
A note on Kindle formatting: Formatting was pretty good. There was an occasional word missing, but the missing words were so simple that my brain filled them in for me quite easily. There was also some strange formatting at the end of almost each chapter, a stray dividing line just before the final sentence. Not sure if there is an equivalent in the print copy or if this is unique to the ebook format. Again, it didn't really bother me, but I just wanted to note that it was there.
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