Tuesday, February 23, 2010

INKED by Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, Yasmine Galenorn and Eileen Wilks

Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Date published: January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-23197-5
Paranormal romance/Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained via Library

Four paranormal/Urban Fantasy stories from your favorite authors centered on Magical Tattoos and this is just a taste of what these fabulous authors offer the reader. Settle in for one wild ride in INKED.

The anthology kicks off with Karen Chance’s Skin Deep, which is a short novella story centered on War Mage, Lia and her search for her missing were-mate, Cyrus while on an undercover mission. Can Lia get to him before it is too late?

Ms. Chance’s Skin Deep is one pulse pounding ride from start to finish. This is the third short story about Lia and Cyrus so that I had to pull the other two out (Strange Brew and Wolfsbane and Mistletoe) to enjoy again. Ms. Chance delves into the underworld of Vegas and has Lia racing against the clock as she tries to save Cyrus from a were-killer before he becomes the next victim. What I really enjoyed was the way Ms. Chance incorporates flashbacks of Lia and Cyrus’s romance into the story and delivers a nice back-story that moves the present story along in Skin Deep. I would love to see this as a full length series because there are some really wonderful characters I am dying to know more of and the city they populate.

Next up was Marjorie M. Liu’s Armor of Roses, a Maxine Kiss story. I didn’t read the kick off to this series yet (IRON KISS) and frankly, I was a bit lost as to why Maxine was the way she was. I did enjoy the way she went back in time and met her grandmother, the mystery that started there that ended up in present day had me intrigued. I look forward to reading more on Maxine and her friends in the future.

Third was a story from Yasmine Galenorn that had me glued to the pages. Etched in Silver is the beginning of Camilla’s and Tristen’s romance in the Fae world. It was nice to see how the sisters lived and worked in the Fae world before they came over to Earthside. I admit this was the main reason I grabbed this book. I adore this author’s Otherworld series and absolutely loved how she introduced some wonderful secondary characters in this one. This was a very enjoyable story that left me wanting more.

Finally, Eileen Wilk’s story in set in her World of Lupi series, Human Nature and has FBI Agent Lily Yu and her Prince Werewolf, Rule, after a killer. This was a new author to me and frankly, I am eager to read the whole series so far as this just wetted my appetite to know more about Lily, Rule and the whole Lupi world. It was a fast paced adventure as Lily dealt with killers, hatred and relationship issues that had me rooting for Lily to save the day and help Rule as well. This was a satisfying ending to one wonderful anthology.

INKED was a wonderful anthology that will appeal to many readers. It had me racing to the internet to check out the other books three of these authors had out. I really enjoyed all four stories and look forward to more in the future from them. If you enjoy reading your favorite authors or “new to me” authors if the case may be, then grab INKED and settle in for a night of shifters, magic and tattoos. It is definitely one I will read again and again.


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