- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (March 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780984325689
- ISBN-13: 978-0984325689
- ASIN: 0984325689
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 122 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,772,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story was really good . I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Knowing it was fantasy the way it was written I could actually see the tats flying around the room. It had all the things I enjoy in a story. Took me until Chapter 41 to figure out who the killer was but I like a good mystery. I kept wondering why Frost Moon? Thanks so much for explaining that. I will definitely look forward to more . I hear there may be a lot more I can't wait.
The author ties things up fairly well, and didn't surprise me (I knew who the bad guy was, so no Scooby-Doo ending here), and I found the characters of Dakota and Cinnamon both likable. The only other complaint that I had is the notion that a 6'2" woman covered in tattoos and a purple Mohawk is turning heads from Feds to wolves to karate teachers, but I guess she just has a universal appeal that I didn't quite see. It's not at the top of my list, but I'd recommend it to those who like urban fantasy.
*Update* After finishing this book, I can say that this series has promise. The ideas are good ones, the world is interesting and writing is not bad. Once you wade through the political nonsense and get to the meat of the book......about 60-65% on Kindle, you do eventually get sucked into the story. I think with a little more polish and a little less stereotyping this book could appeal to a wide range of readers.
A month later, I'm comfortable saying it's that good.
The protagonist is intelligent and witty, but with believable blind spots and impulsiveness that get her into trouble, and while it's rare that I enjoy the first-person point of view, it works well in this book. I profoundly enjoyed the flavor added by her internal commentary, which does a great deal to make the story's "alternate Atlanta" into a closer-feeling overlap with the real present-day. While some reviewers have commented on Dakota feeling like a male fantasy-woman, as a bisexual woman with some similar subculture ties myself, Dakota is one of a VERY few female lead characters (and even fewer of those written by male authors) I can solidly relate to. I caught myself almost holding my breath as some of the many colorful aspects of her character/demographic were brought up, prepared to be disappointed by their handling (as I usually am)... but I never was. Dr. Francis demonstrates both sensitivity and understanding in his portrayal of Dakota, to an extent I found exceptionally refreshing.
Relationships between various characters in the book are complex, with a sense of history where it's merited, and a consistent realism (and since it's through Dakota's eyes, maturity on her part) in how attention is given to their individual points of view. And I could go on about that cast of characters for at least another thousand words, but for the sake of brevity - they're fantastic.
The plot of the book is well-paced; I tore through the entire thing in a single day because I couldn't put it down, and it is very rare, these days, that a novel can surprise me as many times as Frost Moon did - and do so realistically. The events of the story form a cohesive weave, with appropriate foreshadowing that makes the surprises moments of puzzle pieces clicking into place, rather than out-of-left-field absurdities, and while I could also go on and on about the magic system and its internal coherence and richness (especially after finishing the second book), suffice to say that it's brilliantly conceived and will particularly appeal to readers with any training in science.
I wholeheartedly recommend Frost Moon (and the rest of the series!) to both fans of the urban fantasy/paranormal genres, and to readers who usually go for more classical fantasy or sci-fi.