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Book Review: Blood Rock by Anthony Francis

From Amazon:

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.

I got Blood Rock as an ARC and I was so so so excited about it. It’s out now if anyone wants to look for it.

You don’t need to read the first book, Frost Moon, to enjoy this one. It would be helpful, but isn’t really necessary.

Blood Rock is fast-moving and action-packed. It has tender moments, too. But has vampires and werekin and a lich, too. I really didn’t expect to see a lich; you see them more often in traditional fantasy than in urban fantasy.

So . . . one of things I love about this book is the magical system. The tattoos, well-thought out magical theory, the vampire and werekin culture. Okay, yeah, that’s a lot more than magical system, but the world-building is really fantastic. The description is very vivid and pulls you right in. The magical theory in particular is better thought than in other urban fantasy, I think. He compares it to circuits; I got the distinct feeling that magical theory uses as much math as other engineering type fields.

That’s where Cinnamon comes in. For all that she has no formal schooling, this were-kin girl is a mathematical genius. I had no idea from the last book. Either it wasn’t mentioned or I just don’t remember. And her math teacher! 😮 See, I did not see that twist coming. Did not see it at all.

So . . . Dakota’s love life. A lot of urban fantasies have a love triangle going on. This one, well, she does have two beaus but they don’t quite work out. At least one will not show up in the next book. By the end of the book, the other might not be a beau at all. So I guess it is not a continuous love triangle. Not sure if that counts.

The end was a bit surprising, too. I knew she was going to get the bad guy (what self-respecting heroine doesn’t get the bad guy?) but I didn’t quite foresee the consequences. Not sure if they are good or bad, just sure Dakota will either grow into them or look for a way out. Possibly both in the next book. That sounds odd, but she might look for a way out, and then decide she doesn’t want out after all. Or maybe decide she loves it. I don’t know. Isn’t that exciting?

In any case, I have perfect faith the next book will be just as exciting. Plus, it might include more world-building type items.

Interesting side note: I read in an interview that Anthony Francis wrote both Blood Moon and Frost Moon during National Novel Writing Month.

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