Angel's Ink (Asylum Tales Series #1)

Angel's Ink (Asylum Tales Series #1)

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by Jocelynn Drake
     
 

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Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart's

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Buyer beware . . .

Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart's desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.

No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment—execution—will be swift.

Though he's tried to fly under the radar, Gage can't hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead—or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
“Jocelynn is amazing at fleshing out plots, subplots and characters.”
Booklist
“Drake kicks off a new urban fantasy series with a strong first title....definitely check out this series from the popular Drake.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Expert storyteller Drake invites readers to join her in a spirited and spellbinding new series…. The author does a great job of introducing her mesmerizing new world and then filling it with a truly compelling cast of characters. She is on track to deliver another outstanding and inventive series.”
Kim Harrison
“Angel’s Ink is an other-earthly blend of magic and technology in the best tradition of urban fantasy that refused to let me go. The continuing Asylum Tales promise to be intriguing and wildly inventive.”
Simon R. Green
“A lot of fun, with a whole new take on the dark urban fantasy. Bright and breezy, with fascinating characters, and a background with hidden depths. Drake puts the ink in incredible.”
J.R. Ward
“Gritty, authentic and fast-paced! This urban fantasy series rocks!”
Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"Expert storyteller Drake invites readers to join her in a spirited and spellbinding new series…. The author does a great job of introducing her mesmerizing new world and then filling it with a truly compelling cast of characters. She is on track to deliver another outstanding and inventive series."
Library Journal
This new series launch by the author of the "Dark Days" novels revolves around Gage, a warlock and tattoo artist with a knack for getting himself into trouble. Gage escaped from the Ivory Towers, the domain of warlocks and witches, to live a simple but guarded life among humans, trolls, werewolves, and, sometimes, elves. His tattoos are known for their magical effects, but when Gage takes pity on a dying girl and mixes a potion for her tattoo, the consequences are unintended and surprising. Finding himself on the bad side of a grim reaper and with only three days to right his wrong, Gage must call upon past acquaintances to free himself from the grim reaper's hold. VERDICT Gage gets himself into an unbelievable number of bad situations, even by urban fantasy standards. Although piling misfortune upon misfortune creates plenty of fodder for the series, it's sometimes hard for the reader to swallow it all. However, fans of Kim Harrison and urban fantasy alike will enjoy this. [Previewed in Kristi Chadwicks' Genre Spotlight feature "Hungry for SF," LJ 8/12.—Ed.]—Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN
Kirkus Reviews
From the author of the Dark Days series (Bound to Me, 2012, etc.), the first of a new urban-fantasy series centered on tattoo artist Gage Powell. In Asylum, a seedy part of Low Town, assorted strugglers and lowlife humans somewhat uneasily coexist with elves, werewolves, vampires, trolls and other supernatural folk. Above them all are the witches and warlocks in their concealed Ivory Towers; first-person narrator Gage, once a warlock, fled after fighting his mentor, Simon Thorn, when he could no longer stomach their cruelty and arrogance. The Ivory Towers council let him go but assigned a watchdog to ensure that Gage uses his magic only in self-defense. Against this extensive, carefully worked out backdrop, Gage tries to keep his head down and practice his art--which usually involves adding a little magical something to the ink's ingredients--assisted by Trixie, a drop-dead gorgeous elf who conceals her true identity, and Bronx, a hulking, good-natured troll. The plotting, too, is both intricate and well-articulated. Among the problems Gage must deal with: a representative of the local Grim Reaper's union; some armed-to-the-teeth elves enquiring after Trixie; a witch turned into a cat and exiled from the Towers; Simon, intent on killing Gage to further his political agenda; and a very dangerous and dark elf gangster. Stir in a bout of hot sex and some magical battles--the latter, oddly, often devolve into mere physical violence--and it's a shame that the characters remain flat and clichéd, especially dull Bronx and the hissing villain Simon. Still, these are minor issues in what is mostly a distinctive and absorbing tale.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062117854
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Series:
Asylum Tales Series, #1
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
779,185
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 2.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Kim Harrison
“Angel’s Ink is an other-earthly blend of magic and technology in the best tradition of urban fantasy that refused to let me go. The continuing Asylum Tales promise to be intriguing and wildly inventive.”
J.R. Ward
“Gritty, authentic and fast-paced! This urban fantasy series rocks!”
Simon R. Green
“A lot of fun, with a whole new take on the dark urban fantasy. Bright and breezy, with fascinating characters, and a background with hidden depths. Drake puts the ink in incredible.”

Meet the Author

Jocelynn Drake is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Days series and lives in Florida. When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found playing video games, watching movies, or hanging with her family.

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Angel's Ink: The Asylum Tales 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 344 reviews.
cjmMS More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this. The short stories (asylum tales) helped to flesh this out. Read them first.
Kindereduk8r More than 1 year ago
I normally gravitate to books with a female protagonist or a male/female combo with the option of paranormal kinkiness. This book has a male protagonist, and was still quite good. Similar to Jim Butcher novels. Quite a bit of action, magic, paranormal activity, and a little "will-they-won't-they" suspense.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I thought this book had potential but ended up being too dark for me. It did not have enough light or good to balance out the bad. Even our Hero does things for selfish reasons and not for the good of anyone else really. It just did not follow through. Too much language, and darkness and a graphic sex scene totally out of character of the book and not needed in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm finding the story lines and premise is fabulous but I'm bristling at the description of the interactions with the love interest. Everything is so melodramatic and based on appearance. I get it. He loves her boobs and blond hair. What about the rest of her? Also, this is coming off as a man has to save the woman type book. So over it.
hextat More than 1 year ago
I read this as the Free Friday book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sure, it is a tiny bit obvious with the renegade good guy and the knock out female (damsel in distress) although she did seem quite feisty, and the good strong friend, but the chemistry came through and the personalities were well fleshed out. Creative uses of various legends and genres, magic, faeries, even vampires and werewolves! I would recommend highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book .... although i was not expecting the sex scene at all..... besides that i loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Free friday book.....it was good and I'd read more of Drake's books. Only difficulty that I had....kept forgetting the main char was male! Author may want to work on her masculine voice. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It jumps around a bit but it has you hooked until the end. Can't wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I previewed this book months ago for the bookstore I work at (merchandising specialist) and loved it! I used it as a staff pick too. The action starts immediately and keeps on going. I absolutely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this first book in the series.it seems as though Gage has a very active life with lots of plot twists and turns. I can't evenbegin to imagine what will happennexy. My interest is piqued to know what will happen next, but I'm not in a panic to do so. The book was good, with caring and compassionate characters that were not the norm. Overall, I recommend this book to others.
memsie More than 1 year ago
Question for potential book club discussion: Does one Very Explicit sex chapter make this pornography? And does this ruin what is otherwise an entertaining story? I would like to read more of the characters (very reminiscent of Jim Butcher's wonderful Harry Dresden, but without the clever quips), but will forego future volumes if they come with explicit descriptions of body parts and their functions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warlocks and Elves, Oh my. Throw in magic tattoos, witches, warlocks and love, great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I would like this book until I started reading and then I was hooked. It was great reading all the way to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hooks the reader from the start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has you rooting for the characters and wondering what will happen next. I plan to read the next book too.
lady_bookwormKY More than 1 year ago
I did not believe this would be as good as it turned out. I do not have a strong base in sci-fi lit so someone who does would know more about the characters and their normal traits based on what supernatural being they were. But, I was still able to follow along and enjoyed the book a good deal. I will read more by Drake.
taw14 More than 1 year ago
Dynamic tale with never ending plot twists. Leads a good story to the second installment.
lvobrien More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up as a Free Nook Book Friday. It is enjoyable. It's easy to like the characters and the every day problems and arguments are, well, human. Ok, not quite. But you'll have to pick up a copy to find out.
SandyDC More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this new take on the urban fantasy story, Until I hit the utterly unnecessary sex scene. Snip that out and you've got a good tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantasy world with strange creatures AND an urban setting. I found the chatacters under developed, but I didn't start with the author's short stories. Not appropriate for young readers due to sexual content
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is typically my favorite genre but minus the 1 unnecessary mild sex scene this book could be part of a series for young teenagers. Written front the hero's perspective the balance of the main characters have not been developed properly. I had to force myself a bit to finished. I will not be buying the balance of the books. Anti climactic.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down. I have never read a book as quickly as i have read this book. Totaly worth the read. Its about a tatoo artist and his coworkers going on an incredible jurney with the magical world and even the grim reaper. I loved it and deffently would recomend it to anybody!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really lookung forward to the next one.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I had fun reading this book . Having a friend in the industry allowed me to looked at the whole picture . Well done . Storyline interesting and it made you feel as if you were actually there. Great job !
Anonymous 9 months ago
Some interesting ideas and likeable characters but overall this was only ok for me. I'm not sorry I read it, but I won't be continuing on in the series either.