Dakota Frost returns 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.” (synopsis)
In the third book, the characters of Dakota and Cinnamon are more comfortable with each other and their roles as parent and child. Dakota has adopted Cinnamon who is a weretiger and a genius. 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 still works as a whole. I got a little bogged down in the science of how things work and found myself skimming these parts 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 and history of things.
If you haven’t read the previous books, you can still read and enjoy this one. It’s a richer experience though if you have read the other two in the series. Liquid Fire was released May 22, 2015 from Bell Bridge Books.
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.