Blood Rock by Anthony Francis

Title:  Blood Rock

Series: Skindancer Series Book #2

Stand Alone Title: recommended to read in order
Author: Anthony Francis

Genre: Romance, urban fantasy, sci-fi/fantasy

Blurb: 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.

Favorite quotes: “But the world has changed, and while your diplomacy leaves much to be desired, your conduct is honorable, your power considerable – and your logic plausible.”

Thoughts: So I got a little delayed reading and reviewing this title, so I could backtrack and read the first book, Frost Moon.  Let’s say I was very impressed – it was original, fresh, and unlike anything else I had read.  I loved Dakota – she’s honest and tells it like it is, which are traits I love in a character.  She’s brash, bold, and loyal to a fault.  Blood Rock picks up where Frost Moon ended, so this is a title recommended to read in order, particularly in light of all the numerous characters that make up this world. 

This one did get a little complex and confusing at times, what with magical graffiti and intense metaphysics, particularly toward the end.  But that would be my only issue with the book.  Well, except for the deaths of some of my favorite characters!  I won’t say who or spoil it for anyone, but…argh! I was loving these characters!  What the hell?! LOL  Oh, well….we’ll have to see what’s in store for the future books!

Rating: B


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