I read this book series in middle school. I believe that it would be classified as young adult fiction/fantasy. A girl has magical powers, and with her growing powers comes runes/tattoos in her arms. This is shown on every book cover. I know that one cover is blue. This one shows the girl in a black tank top and black pants. One is a yellow cover, with her in a dress (I think). The girl has a friend/mentor, who she develops feelings for. The girl is the key to stopping a war between multiple factions/people. Each side is trying to use her to their advantage. I think the series was written in the early 2000s.

  • We could likely use some more details, take a look at this guide and see if you can edit in any more details
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 6:28
  • Thanks. I went back and added everything that I can think of. I’ll edit as I remember things.
    – Lindsay
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 6:34
  • Awesome! I'm sure one of the 'experts' will be around soon.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 6:35
  • You might check this question and the question it links. Of course, this description would also match the Mortal Instruments.
    – Brythan
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 7:24
  • youre talking about the House of night series
    – Kristen
    Commented Aug 5, 2021 at 14:28

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Totally just answered my own question. I remembered that the author’s name is Michelle Sagara. Looked up books, and the series is the Elantra series.

These follow the adventures of Private Kaylin Neya, a young woman who serves the Hawks in the towering Halls of Law. She’s Elantra’s version of a police officer, a mortal in a city ruled by Dragons.

Some of the covers showing the tattoos:
Cast in Shadow Cast in Courtlight Cast in Secret


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