Author: Holly Evans
Title: Ritual Ink
Series: Ink Born 4
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
I’ve spent most of my life trying to hide what I am to keep those close to me safe.
The ceremonials made their move. Now I need to ask myself… how far am I willing to go to save the people I love?
I received this book as an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Dacian's in trouble. The love of his life and one of his best friends has been kidnapped and he's being blackmailed by the captors. They want tattoos from him in return for his friend's safety, but the underworld scheming goes so far beyond a simple kidnapping and Dacian knows that getting even himself out safely is going to be difficult.
I have decided the best way to read this series is to ignore the fact that it's a series. If I read it more as a group of chapters in Dacian's story released together in one book, a lot of the issues I'm having with this series fade away. There's no connection to the previous book, no reminder of what Dacian went through, or even any description of what Dacian or his friends look like. There's no need to repeat everything that happened in the previous books, but a quick summary of what happened, who the major players are, and even why Dacian's in Prague would have helped this story immensely. Not all readers are going to reread the first three books in the series before picking this one up, so a reminder of what occurred before to jog their memory and to set readers back into the timeline of the story would have been extremely helpful.
That said, I still enjoyed this story. The world building, as always, was amazing with very interesting magic and unique culture woven into every moment of this story. I was a little disappointed that some of the friends Dacian has made in previous books didn't show up to help here (like the blood mage) and I thought Dacian's mood swings were a little annoying and out of character, but the overall plot of how to save his friends while keeping the balance in the city was well done.
I do recommend this book and this series, but because of the lack of description from one book to another I recommend you read them all at once. The world building and plot were still the best part of the story, which I did enjoy reading.
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