The first in a thrilling series from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Nine Worlds series following an Amazonian woman in modern-day Wisconsin as she struggles to solve two mysterious and shocking murders.
It’s been ten years since Melanippe Saka left her Amazon tribe in order to create a normal life for her daughter Harmony. True, running a tattoo parlor in Madison, Wisconsin, while living with your Amazon warrior mother and priestess grandmother is not everyone’s idea of normal, but Mel thinks she’s succeeded at blending in as human. Turns out she’s wrong.
Someone knows all about her, someone who’s targeting young Amazonian girls, and no way is Mel going to let Harmony become tangled in this deadly web. With her motherly instinct in overdrive, Ms. Melanippe Saka is quite a force…even when she’s facing a barrage of distractions—including a persistent detective whose interest in Mel goes beyond professional, a sexy tattoo artist with secrets of his own, and a seriously angry Amazon queen who views Mel as a prime suspect. To find answers, Mel will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do: embrace her powers and admit that you can take the girl out of the tribe...but you can’t take the tribe out of the girl.
Two mass market series openers explore the bloody side of tattooing.Amazon InkLori Devoti. Pocket/Juno, (384p) This intriguing series from urban fantasist Devoti (Dark Crusade) marks Juno's first outing as a Pocket imprint. A group of Amazon women in present-day America closely guard their extraordinary powers and only interact with men for breeding. Melanippe, who left the Amazons 10 years ago to raise her daughter, runs a Madison, Wis., tattoo parlor and nurses a grudge against the priestess she believes killed her infant son. When two Amazon women are slain and dumped on Mel's doorstep, their tribe immediately suspect her of the killing. Mel soon wonders who poses the greatest threat to her adolescent daughter: the unknown murderer, the rigidly controlling Amazons or disturbingly attractive and magically skilled tattoo artist Peter Arpada. Mel can be a frustrating sleuth, jumping to conclusions and ignoring obvious clues, but Devoti's fascinating mix of myth and reality will keep readers engaged.