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Blood Rock: The Skindancer Series (Volume 2) Paperback – July 29, 2011
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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.
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 ...Read more ›
Author Anthony Francis
Tags series, paranormal, dakota frost, tattoos, magic, shapeshifters, vampires, graffiti
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.Read more ›
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.
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Another good read. She is balls to the wall into this adventure! Can't wait for the next one. She rocks!Published 7 months ago by Candy Binkley
This is the second book in the Dakota Frost series by Francis. It was an okay book, but there are definitely some flaws throughout the story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Karissa Eckert
This follow-up novel to Frost Bite is well written and the characters are so fascinating that you can't put it down. Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by Wanda
I've given the book 4 - really wanted to give 4 1/2 - stars, because it delivers 90% for it's target audience. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by GrowBoy
This is the second on the series (Frost Moon being the first) and it is a fantastic foray into the world of the paranormal. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Summer
....how I determine that I enjoyed a book...
NO: Would I buy the AUDIOBOOK or REREAD the story because I enjoyed it so much? Read more
I just couldn't get into this one and normally like the "dark" novels/romances. This was one just a bit too out there for me.Published on August 14, 2013 by Tanya
Anthony Francis leaves me with wanting more. He captures my imagination and twists at every chapter. Each character is pleasantly complex and wonderful to followPublished on February 23, 2013 by Melissa Cota