Released: 6th April 2010
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Series: Yes #1 in the Skindancer Series
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Netgalley for review
Find At: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon | The Book Depository | Barnes & Noble
Author Site: Anthony Francis
Goodreads Synopsis: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.
I can’t say that I was overly keen on this book. It had some good places, but equally I did feel my mind wandering. I think mostly it’s because I didn’t really gel with the main character, this is really really important to me.
The first chapter was fine, but I found I didn’t really feel that the story flowed enough after that. The plot and the synopsis sounded great, but the actually delivery was not up to my expectations. I did at times have to put down this book and then pick it up again at a later date. I did feel about giving up on it about halfway but persevered. I’m pleased I did as I don’t really like giving up on books; they have to be really dire for me to do that. It did pick up pace a little toward the ending, even that left me with a luke warm feeling. Things did get a little predictable in places too, not many surprises for me or plot twists.
As I said earlier I wasn’t keen on the main character Dakota, but there were the odd few characters in the story that I did like; such as Cinnamon the Were-Tiger.
I don’t honestly think I will be carrying on with the series. Shame really as it was such a promising book.
Story Rating: 3/5 - This story left me feeling a little flat
Cover Rating: 4/5 - A nice eye catching design, it is suitable to the story.
*** Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for supplying me a copy of this book for review.***
About The Author:
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.