May 2009, Pocket Books
372 pages, Paperback
Yunaleska's recommended rating: ♥♥♥♥♥+
Summary of Amazon Ink, taken from Lori Devoti's website.
Meet Mel: Business owner. Dedicated mom. Natural-born Amazon.
It’s been ten years since Melanippe Saka left the 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 Amazon girls, and no way is Mel is going to let Harmony become tangled in this deadly web. With her mother love 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 her 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.
I haven't read many books featuring a mother as the protagonist - or with her own mother and grandmother as powerful Amazons. I studied Amazons as part of my Ancient History degree, and loved the idea (well, some of it) of the strong women. Lori Devoti has written a brilliant fantasy. It focuses very much on the relationships of the women in Mel's life, who all on the premises of her tattoo shop. There are constant surprises in the story: the stakes got higher at every page I turned. And yet it stayed realistic: for most of the novel Mel's fellow Amazons aren't what you'd call a friendly bunch. It goes to show how hard life can be if a community turn against someone. Mel fears so much, yet somehow she manages to put one step in front of the other and face the scary curve balls life throws at her.
There are more adventure for Mel - Lori Devoti is working on the second in the series - check out her website for more details.
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