Frost Moon (Skindancer, #1) by Anthony Francis
Frost Moon is a brilliant urban fantasy novel packed with action, magic... and tattoos that come alive. Our heroine - a gutsy, stubborn magical tattooist named Dakota is being asked to investigate the murder of some people that involves their magically tattooed skin being cut off by a maniacal killer. As Dakota helps to find out the 'Grim Reaper', she notices that the clues all point to Wulf, one of her soon-to-be clients.
Intrigue, suspense and unexpected twists are the important elements in this story. You will find yourself in awe with the various types of magical tattoos that Dakota can ink on her body. The battle scenes are full of hard punches that will knock one's teeth out - real and gritty.
The most interesting character in this story would be Cinnamon, an orphaned weretiger who cannot change her form and only remain as a cat-like human all the time. She is just like any young teenage girl, except that she has strange looks, extraordinary speed and a heart that yearns for a family. She loves to stick by Dakota and teases her about Special Agent Philip. I can see that she really cares about Dakota and vice versa.
When the villain is finally revealed, I'm quite shocked because I never expected it to be XXX. Well, this is good in a way since it would be so boring if I knew it was XXX all along. But I'm not sure about XXX's motives of nailing the victim's magically tattooed skin on a box. I hope more will be revealed in the sequel. In a nutshell, this book is an enjoyable read, but it would be so much better if the frequently present F-words are deleted. 5 Frostbites for Frost Moon!
Note: There is excessive usage of the F-word. This book is suitable for adults only.