In the first installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city's mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat.
But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.
With the help of her bodyguard, Kork, the battle-trained young Rina narrowly escapes the slaughter and makes her way to the lair of an ancient sorcerer - the Ink Mage - who gifts her with a strange, beautiful set of magical tattoos.
Now a duchess in exile, Rina sets out on a quest to reclaim what is rightfully hers, aided by a motley assortment of followers who will help her in her cause - some for noble reasons and others for their own dark purposes.
With the enemy's agents nipping at her heels, Rina must learn to harness her new and startling magical powers if she is to assert her rightful place as ruler of Klaar.
©2014 Victor Gischler (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
It's an easy listen to.
Think squash buckling hero,the drama and humor with serious story and enough gore to keep you interested ,all this but the hero actually a heroin.
Downloaded 2nd and 3rd book together
good start to a new trilogy, more detail about whole picture and less detailed sex would have been appreciated.
hopefully 2nd book will fill the gaps and expand the story line.
"Got my attention fast!"
This is the first book I've listen to by this author and I must say I was surprised. I would recommend this book simply because this story is an easy read, I moves along, it runs along a good formula that SciFi writers have been using for a long time.
She captures the individual's personalities with her performance. I can picture the individual's in my mind and that takes talent. Great choice for this book.
Well actually I did, though it made a very long night. So I listened to it twice
I have mixed feelings. I loved the premise and the idea of ink magic, but some plot details were questionable. I couldn't help but think of the book as a young adult fiction, but then sex scenes would rudely intervene.
Voice acting was good, but voices of certain characters were too unpleasant.
"Good Chars, Weak Story"
Pros: I really enjoyed the characters! I felt like they had good motivation, they were well rounded! I didn't even mind the love triangle, because I loved the rival girl, I wanted her to succeed! It's great to see that characters that are terrible in one circumstance, are actually unparalleled in another situation, and I love that! I felt that they interacted well with each other. And even a number of the side characters draw me in, I want to know more about them even as they die!
Cons: I really couldn't get into the story. I felt no pull to figure out what happened next in the world. And I find the magic tattoo system a little basic and too all-powerful. So many situations felt like "And then she used magic and won!" for my liking.
Conclusion: Fun, but I won't be listening to the rest of the series
"Interesting concept and to me a pretty great main"
Yes, but only about 40% as i didnt enjoy following the other characters much.
The way the ink magic worked
Mostly just what any decent narrator does.
no, they would screw it up, have no doubts :P
I HATE when a book or series or anything skips between characters... its a constant kick in the face to me, just as im getting into it BAM and im kicked out and now following a character that I dont care about, only wishing i could go back and see what happens with the main character instead.
Most of this book is pretty good and while the side characters arent bad or uninteresting, to me its just such a immersion breaker.
"Giant space flea from nowhere. . "
An interesting premise, but the story runs on weak plot coupons, it's gratuitously vulgar, and the climactic battle is against a character with no history, no personality, and no connection to anything else that's going on.
I really enjoyed this book. The alternate approach to magic and sorcery through tattoos was an awesome twist. I would really like to see this book as a video game. I think it would be really interesting.
"Lives up to the genre"
This story had everything your typical fantasy needs war, magic, sex. The story unfolds in a back and forth style which I happen to enjoy. Always keeps you wanting the story to continue so you can find out what happens next. I am looking forward to the next read even though I've read that it's more plot moving with no conclusions and a total cliff hanger, I don't care. I am a believer that not every story should come delivered in a tight little package. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator and I'm glad that the same narrator is doing the others. I appreciate continuity. Great read. Definitely recommend if your lover of the genre.
"Love the narrator!!"
Story would drag at some times (like political dialogues) but the narrator does an excellent job performing each accent from each character!
I liked the adventurous story good narrator was disappointed on how fast the story moved along. the final battle also seemed to end to quickly. overall was a decent book to listen to.
I overall theme of the book is interesting to me.
It felt like a first part book in the way that it didn't really start gaining momentum until the end of the book.
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