Blood Rock

Book Two in the Skindancer series.

Blood Rock by Hank Smith is a fast-paced and intricate paranormal tale that blends an imaginative melding of magic, graffiti, werekin, vampires and skindancers. Dakota Frost has her hands full, she is trying to find a school for her soon-to-be-adopted weretiger daughter, Cinnamon, who seems to be trying to sabotage her efforts with outbursts of profanity and strange tics. A vampire friend is murdered before their eyes by a strangely sentient graffiti tag and Dakota is plunged into s struggle to protect Cinnamon, defend herself against legal prosecution, juggle alliances with various vampire factions and, by the way, solve the increasingly lethal graffiti attacks that end up burning various areas of the city as well as killing a variety of beings. Dakota also has her share of complications from previous and current relationships which can be deadly!

An interesting read that introduces a wealth of imaginative detail that is almost overwhelming. There are a plethora of characters who appear and disappear and it is somewhat difficult to keep track of all of the alliances and multiple roles that some of the characters play but they tend to be nicely depicted and three-dimensional. An excellent job of world-building but a glossary of the characters would be nice to help those who such as myself who haven't read the first book in the series. Fascinating characters, will have to read the first in the series and looking forward to the sequel.


Book Blurb for Blood Rock

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.


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2011 4.25