Ink Mage

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 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.
Ink Mage 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 p

  • Title: Ink Mage
  • Author: Victor Gischler
  • ISBN: 9781477849309
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Ink Mage”

    1. No matter what tries to tell you, let me say that this is not YA. Even if the protagonist is young (19 or so), the book is vulgar, bloody, and explicit. Don't get me wrong; I don't mind any of those things. I'm only warning you, if you can't handle R rated movies, you probably can't handle this book.That said, Ink Mage deserves a full five stars for the magic system alone. Mages gain the power to speak the language of the universe, or rather enhance their mental and physical powers, by inking s [...]

    2. The city of Klaar is impregnable. It's Long Bridge and massive walls have never been bested by an enemyuntil it was betrayed by one of their own. The Duke and Duchess were murdered, while their daughter Rina Veraiin was able to escape with the help of her bodyguard and teacher Kork. Kork following the Duke's last wishes takes Rina to an old mage who bestows upon her the special tattooed based magical power of an Ink Mage. Rina sets out to get help to reclaim her home.When I read the synopsis for [...]

    3. The most frustrating read ever! Not the actual story but the way the book was delivered. This was my first and last time at reading a Kindle Serial book which is released in small episodes every 2-3 weeks. I was especially frustrated when I would finish each episode in 15 minutes and then have to wait weeks for the next bit. My husband would hear me cursing the book every time I got a new bit to read and had to wait. It looks like the book is now available to download in its entirety so folks do [...]

    4. Well this was a hot mess. Which caught me by surprise because the author, Victor Gischler is a published writer with award nomi­na­tions to his name. I haven't read his prose previ­ously but had read some of his comic book work. It wasn't amazing, but it was funda­men­tally compe­tent. So what went wrong here?I have a few theo­ries about that, but first some infor­ma­tion about the book. The Ink Mage is in essence a fairly tradi­tional fantasy adven­ture story about a young girl (who [...]

    5. 2.75 inky stars Strange how honors and burdens are so often confused.Rina is the would-be duchess in Klaar, when the supposed inexpugnable city is conquered by the Perranese a loyal help her to flee the city.Let me get strait that this is not a YA book. There is a lot of sex and violence. The tone following the vicissitudes of Tosh -the deserter soldier and one of the others POV- in the city is really diferent, crude and more realistic, than the adventures following Rina traipsing in the wild se [...]

    6. Ink Mage by Victor Gischler is a wonderful fantasy novel about a girl, a duchess, that sees her father and mother murdered in front of her by an invading army and traitor. She is helped out of the city by her body guard and friend to see a wizard that gives her a powerful and magical tattoo that strengthens her body and helps her fight. She later gets more tattoos and soon so is very powerful. She is also assisted by others and they have many adventures on the way. Lots of characters and stories [...]

    7. I enjoyed this one. not spectacular, but my first 4 star in a while. I like the girl growing into a woman, a duchess, a magic user, a leader, a lover heroine. I like the world, the magic, the plot, the sidekicks, the adventure. and that's what this is overall--a fun adventure. I'm heading off into book 2 now. Which just might be all my review needed to say.

    8. This was a most interesting read. A magic system based mainly on tattoos? Color me intrigued. As it turns out, this has basis in our history, as yantra tattooing.Yantra tattoos are supposed to be a sort of good luck charm, or bestow magical powers, much like in this book. The practice is two millennia old.Ink Mage certainly follows some Game of Thrones clichés. Almost rape? Check. People getting killed left and right? Double check. Turncoat traitors? You betcha.While I understand the need to fo [...]

    9. super religious people don't like this book because of all of the swearing, apparently. shit, that's too fucking bad for them I guess. makes me like it even more, goddamnit.

    10. INK MAGE opens in dramatic fashion, thrusting the reader head on into a world of warfare and violence. Blood is spilt, heroes are felled, and the homeland of Rina, soon to be Dutches by virtue of her father’s murder, is overrun by the invading Parranese. Author Victor Gischler’s deep dive into the surreal results in a fast paced fantasy that envelops the reader in a fantastical shroud of magic, monsters and mystical lore from start to finish. Rina’s initial battle alongside the devastating [...]

    11. Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes Her city was never taken, until now. The last of her line, young Rina must flee and along the way is turned into an Ink Mage. With every tattoo she gains. she grows stronger But her new powers come at a price.This was first published as an serial, but I just read the complete book at once. I'm however, not completely sure what to think of it. The story, for the biggest part, is quite standard and the magic is confusing. While at first the magic syste [...]

    12. Okay, we’ve got a pretty basic fantasy plot here: somewhat spoiled (but plucky) heir to the throne is betrayed, her family murdered, her kingdom (duchy, actually) conquered, and she ends up in exile, where she meets a mysterious old man who gives her the power to wreak her vengeance on her betrayers. She also assembles a ragtag crew of misfits, etc.The difference is, this well-used plot is brought to life this time by Victor Gischler, who cut his teeth writing some of the best hardboiled crime [...]

    13. I received an e-book copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Ink Mage is book 1 in the A Fire Beneath the Skin series. I really liked the main story line and liked the idea of ink magic, which is the only thing that stoppped me from putting down the book.

    14. Predictable and typical Fantasy, yet somehow very enjoyable! The book is light and fast. The writing is decent, and the plot, while lacking much in the way of originality, is good fun. It's the characters that really pushed this to a three star read. Strong and memorable characters that were easy to become invested in. If you want to read a Fantasy series, want a light and easy read, but don't want to read YA, I'd recommend this book to you!

    15. Alright, so here's the thing. This is probably really only a 3 star book (maybe even 2 star if I think about it too much). However, after reading the author's bio and realizing he received his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi I had to show some love. Probably not the best way to rate a book, but hey, it's my rating soHonestly, the book is not bad. It's just not great either. It's told from multiple POVs, and when I say multiple I mean like 6+. I'm not a huge fan of that writing st [...]

    16. I borrowed Ink Mage via the Prime library, so the only incremental cost to me was the time I spent reading it and having it count as my borrowed book for the month. I don't regret borrowing it, if that tells you anything, but I might have regretted spending money on it.I read this just a week and a half ago and it’s already a little hard to remember much about it. I guess that should tell you what I thought of this book. It contained nothing so negative as to inspire a passionate review about [...]

    17. Disclaimer: I seem to have misspelled the named due to the fact that I listened to the audiobook and was to lazy to do a proper research firstI liked most of it, I liked the premise of the story (tattoos that give you magical powers, hello?!!!) but I just wasn't all that into it to be curious enough to read the next installments as well. Maybe one day, who knows. Well the story follows three somewhat separate storylines if characters whose destinies intertwine. First if all we have Rena, the orp [...]

    18. 2,5*I really liked the idea that ink tattoos were some kind mediators between the wizard and the "spirit" and allowed to "tap" into the spirit and use magic. That would be so cool, wouldn't it?!However, the easiness with which the tattoos were acquired, the fact that Rina was for no reason the only one who had it so easy and the fact in general that she just got lucky and met right people at right time kinda weighted it down.Now about things that I didn't like:- one-dimensional characters,- very [...]

    19. I received a free copy of this book through First Reads. FTC guidelines: check!Ink Mage is the story of Rina Veraiin and her struggles with the letter I. Just kidding and her struggle to reclaim her duchy from an invading army. She vows revenge against the (one-note) bad guy(s) who took it from her but she's just a girl, how is she going to accomplish this? Enter: tattoo magic system!Apparently, this book was originally released as a Kindle Serial but I received the full story all at once, whic [...]

    20. 2.5ish starsThe city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has crossed the Long Bridge or penetrated the city’s great walls. No one could have foreseen the betrayal from within the fortress’s walls. After a dramatic turn of events, the young duke’s daughter, Rina, finds herself a duchess and an army of one. Rina sets out on a quest to reclaim her city through whatever means necessary, even if that includes strange magic inked on to her skin.I had mixed feelings while reading. There were huge [...]

    21. 3.5 An interesting book with multi POV's that did get a bit confusing at times hence the 3.5. I'm looking forward to seeing where this story goes in the next few books as this was really just the beginning. I'm not a big fan of all these books that get split up into small books when they really could quiet easily have been written as one. It's all about the $ i guess. I would like to point out this is not suitable for a young YA book. Lots of blood a gore, plenty of fighting throw in some rape s [...]

    22. The first chapter had me hooked. Though the middle of the book did plateau out. A very entertaining book, the story line was good, the odd curse here and there (where needed), a couple of mild sex scenes, loads of fighting and action with a bit of gore, and not to forget to mention magic! Yes, this book really did hit the spot. Looking forward to book 2.

    23. An army is invading the land. Rina Veralin and her parents, the duke and duchess of Klaar, believe their city is safe. This force, however, is cruel and cunning and despite centuries of safety the city falls. Rina, who has received warrior training all her life, manages to escape with the help of her bodyguard and trainer Kork.Wanting the city returned and also desiring revenge, Rina and Kork seek out an ancient ink mage, a practitioner of magic whose power is from unique tattoos. Near death, th [...]

    24. Hmm Where to start with this? I'll start with the ending.I read this on Kindle and on the last page after the end of the book there was a page (advert?) stating that this book was a Kindle Series book - something I'd never heard of before. This explained why it was separated into chunks called episodes, which confused me to no end while reading.This release in parts explains why the book seriously lacks flow but I will be stubborn and not let that excuse it as there could have been better editin [...]

    25. 100% NOT a young adult novel and,110% a strong female lead that's definitely written by a man.It's not something I would reccomend, but the story itself is a neat idea. I'm not sure if I will finish the series, and after reading reviews for the second book I've been leaning towards not. The first installment ends on a solid enough note for me to be satisfied without continuing the series.There's quite a few sex scenes throughout the story, and quite a lot of focus on breasts (I believe at one po [...]

    26. I really wanted to enjoy this book more due to the magic system.The characters are about as uninteresting as the world the author has created for them. The only interesting character is barely relevant to the plot, however I am grateful for his chapters as they are the only ones where any world-building or character development happen. It is unsurprising that the other characters had no real purpose in the story as the protagonist becomes some form of all powerful superhero from near the beginni [...]

    27. Glad I used a promo codeI got this and three other books thanks to a promo code. I was intrigued by the story and who doesn't want to see a young woman come into her own with as a strong ruler. Not disappointed with the characters although Marizaun* could mature a bit. She's gonna be a problem if not. Starting next book now.

    28. GoodThis was a enjoyable read. I really loved the World and the details of it and the characters but holy shit did this have blood and gore and swearing and sex.

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