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In the second installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, Rina Veraiin has youth, beauty, and strength. She is a born warrior, able to outride any man, deal death with her fierce blade, and command awesome and mysterious forces granted to her by a set of magical tattoos. Now as the newly minted duchess of Klaar, Rina confronts a menace that threatens her world in a divine conflict that will push her newfound abilities to their limits.
As sinister and magical forces unite against her, Rina's only chance at stopping them is to gain new tattoos that will increase her powers beyond anything she has known before. United with her few trusted companions, she makes her desperate quest across a bloodshed-ravaged land while war brews among the gods.
With the enchanted world of Helva hanging in the balance, Rina must learn to wield extraordinary power to save herself and her people, before unimaginably powerful forces - and the savage fury of the gods - tear apart the land forever.
©2015 Victor Gischler (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 11-23-15

just dont

VG has a great premise, working from the first book he does a great job world building and an even better job of producing nothing. as part of a story this entire book, the events and everything can, should have been, reduced to about 3 hours. then he could have continued writing the story this promises and fails to provide.

I really like everything about this except for its severe lack of story and based on expectations from the first book, action. Don't bother with this until future parts have been released, this should have been the beginning of a longer book that just simply doesn't exist. The publishers should have held back till the fruit was ripe, Audible should have held off till more was available virtually immediately. instead if I want the actual story I am going to have to wait an undetermined amount of time, and this just doesn't convince me the waiting will be remotely worth it. I wish I could give the story 0 stars as there simply isn't one to rate.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 11-27-15

This is not a novel

First, I want to start off saying that the first book in this series (Ink Mage) is amazing. A great 5 star novel. Wonderful world building, interesting plot, great characters (for the most part), and chalked full of fulfilled promises. This...I don't know what this is. A lengthy unedited first quarter of an unfinished first draft? There is no real plot (at most we're only given a small portion), no character growth, and absolutely no fulfilled...anything. I really can't imagine why Mr. Gischler decided to release this in its current state or how an editor could sign off on this as a whole. Don't get me wrong, this isn't the stereotypical, "this book has a cliffhanger so I'm going to whine about it not having a proper ending" review. I'm fine with cliffhangers. The giant problem here is that there wasn't enough story to have a cliffhanger. This ending was more of a: "plateausitter." We barely made it to the second act. Honestly, the best word to describe how I feel after 10 hours devoted to this piece, of writing, is: unsatisfied. I don't know if I'll read the 3rd installment; maybe after reading a lot of reviews first.

PS. Fiona Hardingham did an amazing job narrating, as usual!

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5 out of 5 stars
By lyn on 03-09-17


The story just keeps twisting and grabbing at my interest. Nit predictable but believable plot and character developments. Unusually for me im looking forward to the 3rd book

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