Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Blood Rock (Skindancer #2) by Anthony Francis - Book Review

Title: Blood Rock (Skindancer #2)
Author: Anthony Francis
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Publication Date: 29th July 2011
Pages: 298
Format: E-book - PDF
Genre: Paranormal
Source: ARC from NetGalley


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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Having really enjoyed the first book in this series, I was keen to read more about Dakota Frost.

On the whole, I was pleased with this second instalment. I still enjoyed Dakota's character and I still think the ideas behind the world she lives in are original and fresh. On the negative side, I also still found Cinnamon annoying - but I think that's just my reaction to her grammar more than anything else.

For me this book didn't quite have the spark of the first one though. In Frost Moon, I was riveted and couldn't wait to turn each page and read on. With Blood Rock, there were sections where I found my attention drifting and I wasn't as involved in the story as I had been previously.

That said, this was not a bad story, it just didn't hold my interest quite so much as the first book. Still, I was keen to see how it would end and I liked the general story arc and the conclusion. I thought there was a nice balance between continuing characters and new additions and the world-building remained strong.

If you enjoyed the first book, then I think you'll appreciate this one. For those new to the series, I would recommend starting with Frost Moon before moving on to this one.

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