Dakota Frost is not your average tattooist but a magical one, this means her tattoos can move and she is the best in the Southeast. Her skills are so good she has been recruited by the police/feds to help track down a killer. What seems like a quick question and answer session turns into so much more.
The world "Edgeworld" is also quite good, in this genre it seems difficult to find something so original. This alternate reality is fresh and well done, as a person who knows nothing about tattoos I like how the authors went into detail about the process and weaved it into the storyline. It was very much appreciated the lack of an info dump which is frequently present in urban fantasy books I really liked Dakota she is tall with a Mohawk and lots of fantastic tattoos. I also like that she is vulnerable without seeming weak or overly aggressive. The supporting characters also added to this colorful world of werestags, graphomancer and vampires.
While I think the author is off to a great start, I admit for me there were a few bumps in the road. I think the first problem I had was the lack of suspense, I never felt anxious for something to happen but I never got there. The other thing which was distracting are random details that did not really go anywhere. For example if the protection did not work why wear the necklace. As this book is not romantic I am not sure what difference it made that she is bi-sexual. I am hoping in the next book some of these details are actually setting the stage for the series.
3 1/2 stars