Sunday, January 24, 2010

Review: Inked by Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, Yasmine Galenorn, & Eileen Wilks

Authors: Karen Chance, Marjorie M. Liu, Yasmine Galenorn, Eileen Wilks
Publication: Berkley; Original edition (January 5, 2010)

Product Description from Amazon: From today's most provocative authors come four tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance exploring body art that is more than it seems-in a world of magic and mayhem that always leaves its mark.

This captivating tattoo theme surrounds each author's popular characters and worlds: Karen Chance's war mage Lia de Croissets, Marjorie M. Liu's demon-hunter Maxine Kiss, Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld Intelligence Agency operative Camille D'Artigo, and Eileen Wilk's Lupi world.

My Thoughts: I chose this book because I was familiar with most of the authors in it. I was especially pleased to see the story by Eileen Wilks because she doesn't write fast enough to feed my addiction. I often find anthologies to be of uneven quality but not this one. All of the stories tell interesting episodes in the lives of characters who also appear in that authors' novels.

In Karen Chance's 'Skin Deep' war mage Lia is on medical leave when her mate werewolf Cyrus goes missing and someone is killing werewolves for their skins. Lia has magical tattoos that are wards. In Marjorie M Liu's  'Armor of Roses' Maxine Kiss goes back in time to help her grandmother solve a problem. Her tattoos are demons who leave her body at night and protect her by day. In Yasmine Galenorn's 'Etched in Silver' we learn the story of how Camille met Trillian as she searches for a rapist and murderer. In Eileen Wilks' 'Human Nature' we get a Lily and Rule story as Lily investigates the death of one of Rule's friends.

I am familiar with the Chance, Galenorn and Wilks but I haven't read anything by Liu. If that story is an example, I think that this book could serve as an introduction to the various authors' other works. That story was very interesting and makes me want to add another author to my massive TBR pile.

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  1. Love anthologies, but I haven't gotten to this one yet. Don't think that I've read anything by Eileen Wilks, so looking forward to her story in particular. Enjoyed your review!

  2. I read Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu and it was excellent.

  3. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!


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