Angel's Ink (The Asylum Tales #1)

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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 desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk ...

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Overview

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.”
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."
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!”
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.”
USA Today
Jocelynn is amazing at fleshing out plots, subplots and characters.
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
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 517,122
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Meet the Author

The bestselling author of the Dark Days series and a former financial analyst, Jocelynn Drake lives in Wisconsin.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Lots of fun

    I truly enjoyed this. The short stories (asylum tales) helped to flesh this out. Read them first.

    45 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Good read- looking forward to next installment

    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.

    43 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Great read.

    Really lookung forward to the next one.

    13 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    I thought this book had potential but ended up being too dark fo

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Good book

    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. :)

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Loving and hating it.

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    I read this as the Free Friday book and thoroughly enjoyed it. S

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Loved it!

    This is a really good book .... although i was not expecting the sex scene at all..... besides that i loved the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Love it

    It jumps around a bit but it has you hooked until the end. Can't wait to read the next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Great read!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Good

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Enjoy

    This was an enjoyable book. So good I had to purchase the rest of the Asylum Tales! First read from this author and I know I will enjoy the others.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    A different take on fantasy

    Lovely world built and dramatic story Characters are instantly likeable Hope this sries continues

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

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    Urban Fantasy, Very Readable!

    Short-take: Angel's Ink is an urban fantasy novel packed with enough action to keep even the most jaded reader engaged. Gage, the main character, is a partly-trained warlock and fully-trained tattoo artist and potion-stirrer (what a quirky word...stirrer...). He finds himself embedded in trouble and feuds: I like the fact that he becomes aware of the layers and layers of trouble he is in as he tries to clear away the problems he knows he's created. Gage is a persevering kind of character; he brings hope to the reader. This book is enjoyable on many levels: urban, fantasy, romance, mystery. Author Jocelynn Drake really does provide the impetus to keep turning the pages... Caveat: there is some sexually explicit, adult content...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Some of the story lines and characters are a bit cliche, but it

    Some of the story lines and characters are a bit cliche, but it was a fun read and over all I enjoyed it. I thought at the end it all came together well. I would read the second one, though I'm not sure if I really want to -pay- to read the second book. 

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Liked it

    This was quite different than any other I've read, but it was good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Highly recommend a must for everyone

    I really enjoyed this book with the twists and turns. It is an easy read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    Questionable Taste

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Great read, makes you want a tattoo!

    Warlocks and Elves, Oh my. Throw in magic tattoos, witches, warlocks and love, great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Great Story could not put it down

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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