Review: Blood Rock {Skindancer #2} by Anthony Francis

Title: Blood Rock {Skindancer #2}

Author: Anthony Francis

Published: Bell Bridge Books July 2011

Synopsis: Dakota Frost is back, and the ink is about to hit the fan-again. Graffiti comes to life in the dark heart of Atlanta’s oldest cemetery, slaying one of the city’s best loved vampires before the eyes of his friend Dakota Frost. Deadly magick is at work on the city’s walls, challenging even the amazing power of Dakota’s tattoos to contain it. The hungry, graffiti magick loves to kill, and the Edgeworld is no longer safe from its own kind. Dakota begins a harrowing journey to save those she loves and to discover the truth behind the spreading graffiti-even if that truth offends the vampires, alienates the werekin and creates police suspicion of her every action. Saving Atlanta may cost her everything, including custody of her “adopted” weretiger daughter, Cinnamon. But failure is not an option. If the graffiti isn’t stopped, Cinnamon could be the next victim.
Status: Read from September 21 to 23, 2011 — I own a copy {Courtesy Bell Bridge Books/NetGalley}

My Thoughts:

Having just finished Frost Moon I was happy to start Blood Rock on it’s heels, which picks up the story just a few weeks later.
Blood Rock throws Dakota straight into a new magical crisis. This is a fast paced, action packed story that has Dakota frantically juggling murderous wall murals, a rebellious daughter, a pissed off Vampire Queen, a vampire lover, the Atlanta PD and her eccentric skindancer master.
Graffiti tags all over Atlanta are coming alive, trapping unwary humans, weres, and vampires including Revenance who is killed. Dakota is called in to consult by her uncle, since the tags seem to be using a magic similar to that used by tattoo artists, but she is out of her depth. The concept of magical graffiti is fabulous and the author has obviously put a lot of thought into it. I won’t even pretend to understand the mathematical concepts Francis uses to explain how it works (mixed with a healthy dose of magic) but it all seemed to make sense to me. The authors descriptions are vivid so the story has a visual element (if you have the imagination.) I loved the whole storyline and the conclusion is spectacular.
There are several subplots in Blood Rock, mostly relating to Dakota’s person life. Her adoption of Cinnamon is interrupted by the DA threatening to arrest her for murder and then she is forced to go on the run as the Atlanta PD suspect her of being involved in the graffiti murders. Lady Saffron has a tantrum, rescinding Dakota’s protection after she begins to date Calaphase. Lord Transmania rears his head in the town where she learnt her craft and if that’s not enough the magical graffiti artist targets Dakota and those she loves. Dakota barely gets to take a breath but Francis never lets the craziness get out of control, it all weaves together to simply create a superbly layered story.
With Blood Rock, Anthony Francis’s Skindancer series becomes one of my favourites. I love the energy, attitude and creativity and look forward to the next installment.


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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 09:47:06

    Heee, this reminds me of that episode of the X-Files with the evil tattoo! If Scully and Mulder made a cameo, I’d definitely pick this one up 😉



  2. Melliane
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 14:11:23

    Magical graffiti sounds like a great and new idea. I’m glad you like this one too ! I hope to start this series soon ! thanks for the review



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