Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: Liquid Fire by Anthony Francis

Liquid Fire by Anthony Francis is a 4 star urban fantasy that was released May 22, 2015 from Bell Bridge Books.

Dakota Frost is back again in the third book in the Skindancer series. This time she and her daughter Cinnamon are on their way to San Francisco for Cinnamon to accept a math award. The trip is doing double duty for Dakota and her friends as they have a meeting with the edgeworlders in the city to discuss having a Magical Security Council similar to what has developed in Atlanta. Edgeworlders are vampires, fae, wizards, were-kind and the like. 

In the course of things, Dakota meets a fireweaver named Jewel on the airplane. They become friendly and flirty. Dakota ends up being dragged into a magical feud in which dragons and liquid fire play a major role. "The race is on to find the truth about liquid fire, the secret behind Dakota’s magic tattoos, and the message hidden in the fireweaver’s secret codes—before the world goes up in flames."(from the synopsis on goodreads.com) 

The characters of Dakota and Cinnamon are more comfortable with each other and their roles as parent and child. Generally speaking, the characters are interesting and the major players are well developed. Plotwise, there are ups and downs the way there should be, high action interspersed with downtime. There is a place in the middle of the book where it almost seems like it could have been broken into two books, but it works as a whole. I got a little bogged down in the science of how things work and found myself skimming after a while. These parts will interest you especially if you have an interest in codes and cryptography. I enjoyed the parts that spoke to the mythology/history of things.

Overall, the book is well written and deserves its 4 star status. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.