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  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (28 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441017436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441017430
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,733,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Del Franco lives with his partner, Jack, in Boston, Massachusetts, where the orchids tremble in fear since he killed Jack s palm plants."

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In a world where Fey and human are one hundred years into an uneasy coexistence, after a mysterious convergence between Faerie and the mortal world, Laura Blackstone is a public relations director for the Fey Guild; druid Janice Crawford has been seconded to Washington DC SWAT to help out in operations where magical assistance is required; and Mariel Tate is one of the top officials at Intersec, the International Global Security Agency which deals with international criminal threats: they are also the same person. Operating under glamours - illusions which allow her to appear as someone else - Laura has crafted a range of different identities which allow her to work in Washington's law enforcement community and gather information as one of Intersec's most secret agents. It's a demanding life, needing constant care and attention to keep her various lives straight, and like all secret agents she faces the risk of burning out from the stresses of the job, but she feels she's doing good for both her people, and humanity.

A seemingly routine outing as Janice, however, to support SWAT in raiding a drug factory suspected of having Brownie back-up, ends up with Laura encountering a far more powerful opponent, an Inverni Fairy, and being shot, seemingly by one of her own team. It appears she has stumbled into something far more dangerous: a conspiracy reaching into both the human senate and the depths of Fey politics, and which has its roots in a long hidden injustice. It's going to take all of Laura's identities, and magical skills to stay alive and unravel the plot before it can reach its deadly climax.
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While I did not enjoy this as much as the Connor Grey series, it is unfair to just give it two stars.

This started really well, but it did seem a bit shallow as it went on, as if the author wasn't sure how it was going to end.

I think the real problem was that it was too serious, it needed someone like Joe Stinkwort (Connor Grey series) to lighten it up a bit.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little short of the Connor Grey books, but solid 13 July 2010
By John Forman - Published on Amazon.com
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I've got a bit of a split view of Skin Deep. On the one hand it definitely held my attention and kept me turning the pages. The lead character is interesting and it's a well-crafted mystery in terms of keeping the reader guessing to the end. Also, typical of the author's prior work, there's action from start to finish. On the other hand, I'm a fan of Del Franco's Connor Grey books and this one comes up a little bit short. Maybe it's a question of location connection for me (I work in the area of Boston which is the main focus of the Connor Grey series, while this one is based in DC). Maybe it's just a question of the supporting cast and elements just not being quite so well fleshed out. Whatever the case, I just didn't get as absorbed into the story in this book as in the earlier ones. I'm willing to give the next title a try, though. I'd give it a 3.5 star rating if I could.
4.0 out of 5 stars Druidess heroine 5 July 2010
By Judi Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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The book blurb caught my eye when I was looking for a fantasy read for a long trip I had to make. The story immediately pulled me in and though I would have liked a little more back-story for Laura it wasn't off-putting enough for me to put the book down. The constant juggling of three persona can tend to get in the way of providing a lot of background. On the other hand, I am hopeful that this is actually a deliberate move on the author's part to slowly unfold Laura's story over several installments to tantalize us into following the trail. I enjoyed the blend of fey and mortal with enough suspense to keep me guessing. Del Franco has created an intriguing world that is both recognizable and fantastical. In fact, I was so taken with this book I picked up Del Franco's Connor Grey series and am working my way through them while I wait for the next Laura Blackston installment.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a new series 25 Nov. 2009
By Barbara S - Published on Amazon.com
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I've enjoyed Mark Del Franco's Connor Grey series, so I was happy when I saw this book, set in the same universe. Setting the book in a different setting raises a new dynamic and gives the opportunity for different stories. In addition, the protagonist is very different from Connor Grey. Where he's been learning to get along with limited magic, she uses magic quite a bit in her daily life.

Overall, I thought it was a good book, although not perfect. The plot was exciting - that's Mr. Del Franco's strengths in the Connor Grey books. What's missing is the characterization. Laura mentioned it herself at one point - she spent so much time being different people, that no one really knew who she was. I didn't really get a good feel for any of the characters, although enough hints were given that I'm interested in them. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series to see how they grow.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. De Franco's newest series 7 April 2011
By Reality tourist - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all the Connor Grey, druid series of the troubled Druid in fey/human boston and enjoyed them tremendously.
This series sets a high powered female druid in Washington DC battling problems between the Fey and human worlds. She has many personas "glamours" in the book to be undercover and handle several sides of each situation.
It is highly readible and it is interesting to me, how Mr. Del franco can spin a tale with such politics and action while using the fantasitc worlds of fairies.
I am in process of reading the second book "face-off" about Laura Blackstone now and while it has a little different tone, it is just as enjoyable. I do like his style of writing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey! This is a good book! 21 Oct. 2009
By Linda Zoldoske - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't understand these reviews; I really liked the book. I had read his 'Connor Gray' series and thought that a very good series. For a long time I would not buy this book because of these reviews. Then, I decided that if I liked the other series so well I ought to try this myself and was surprised to find it a good read. I thought it quite understandable that Laura has not much of a personality because she works all the time and splits her life into 3 personalities. In the book, she sees that herself. I will definitely buy the next book.
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