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Review: Frost Moon by Anthony Francis

15 Oct

Frost Moon by Anthony Francis
Trade: $14.95
Bell Bridge Books (March 2010)
ISBN: 978-0984325689

Favorite Line: ” ‘It’ was a ripped piece of human skin pinned to a stained wood board.” (p. 7)

Magical tattoo artist Dakota Frost is the daughter of a cop and a skin dancer capable of making her tattoos come alive. An imposing character, the Amazonian like woman wears a black, purple and white deathhawk (teased out Mohawk) and clothes which best display her magical tattoos in an attempt to keep people at bay.

But her look won’t be enough to protect her if a serial killer decides he wants it; the serial killer who is peeling magical tattoos off people. But that’s not enough…a werewolf wants her to tattoo a Nazi design on him which will help him control his beast forcing her to come into close contact with the vampire and were communities.

I seem to be on a roll reading books written by men. Frost Moon is Anthony Francis’ debut urban fantasy novel.

At first I thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish the story because I couldn’t find anything to relatable. Dakota is a bisexual, super tall, tattoo artist with a smart ass mouth and a punk look. The story is written in first person which means every setting was seen through the eyes of the cocky heroine and had an air of intolerance. Intolerance on her part directed toward the “normal” people.

But as the story progressed Francis got downright grimy; violence and uncomfortable scenes abounded. Instead of leaving Dakota as a hardcore and unlikable character, he showed that she was not invincible and delved into her psyche. She wasn’t above sharing information and she really had a heart. (However, I was a little creeped out when Cinnamon was introduced. By the end of the book I loved her.)

The mystery portion of the story involved several squirming plot lines as they followed a few different people. While I knew who the killer was early in the story, I didn’t know why until Francis chose to tell me.

In the end, Frost Moon was an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in the Skinwalker series: Blood Rock.

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