Amazon Ink, by Lori Devoti
Melanippe Saka left her Amazon tribe years ago to raise her daughter and have a normal life. But someone knows about her past and has been leaving the bodies of dead Amazon girls on her front doorstep. So Mel is now forced to deal with her former tribe and investigate the ritual murders that seem to be tied to her somehow. Meanwhile, a new male tattoo artist is stirring the pot at her (formerly) all-female tattoo parlor. Something about his art is familiar.
Besides being a former Amazon, Mel is a strong character that puts her job as mother above all else. She’s complex and enjoyable and had me hooked from the start. Devoti’s world of Amazon women and magic is fresh and original among other urban fantasy series. Her characters are well developed and incredibly vivid.
This is a fantastic start to, what I hope is, a long, popular series. It has all of the key ingredients of a good urban fantasy – mystery, suspense, magic, a bit of romance, and set in modern day. But this is definitely one of my favorites this year. Blending ancient Greek and Native American mythology, this Amazonian series is a step above the rest. It’s fast-paced, exciting, and pure fun. Urban fantasy fans should not miss this exciting debut.