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Angel's Ink: The Asylum Tales [Kindle Edition]

Jocelynn Drake
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“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.”
—Simon R. Green

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.”
—Kim Harrison

“Gritty, authentic and fast-paced! This urban fantasy series rocks!”
 —J.R. Ward

The superstars of urban fantasy agree—Angel’s Ink, the first book in Jocelyn Drake’s Asylum Tales is a winner! Genre fans who know—and love—Drake’s phenomenal, New York Times bestselling Dark Days novels will be blown away by this dark and seductive new series. Meet Gage, a magical tattoo artist trying to remain hidden and alive in a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires mingle freely with humans, and warlocks and witches rule the roost with merciless cruelty. Angel’s Ink indelibly marks the beginning of something phenomenal and every reader whose tastes run to the supernatural—those who can’t wait to sink their teeth into the latest Patricia Briggs, Carrie Vaughn, Kelley Armstrong, or Jim Butcher—will want to fly with this Angel.



Editorial Reviews

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“Jocelynn is amazing at fleshing out plots, subplots and characters.” (USA Today )

“A distinctive and absorbing tale.” (Kirkus Reviews )

“Drake kicks off a new urban fantasy series with a strong first title....definitely check out this series from the popular Drake.” (Booklist )

“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 Times BOOKclub )

“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.” (Kim Harrison )

“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.” (Simon R. Green )

“Gritty, authentic and fast-paced! This urban fantasy series rocks!” (J.R. Ward )

From the Back Cover

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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MATZQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, magical, and very fun October 17, 2012
Format:Paperback
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

After reading the two standalone `prequels' for Jocelynn Drake's The Asylum Tales series, I was more than ready for a full length novel set in this fascinatingly gritty world with these intriguingly flawed characters. ANGEL'S INK introduces a budding romance between outcast mage turned tattoo artist Gage and on the lam elf Trixie which I would have liked to evolve over a few books to get used to the idea instead of being hit with it so suddenly.

Apart from the somewhat rushed romance, Drake does an excellent job of introducing us to various sorts of characters and creatures without getting bogged down in details and descriptions. One of my favorite introductions involved a group of amorous satyrs wanting virility tattoos at Gage's shop.

While I enjoyed all of the time spent in the tattoo shop, I was excited when Gage finally ventured out. The plot moved at a steady pace since Gage never catches a break between troubles with weres, warlocks, and elves. Not to mention the fascinating stigma he was forced to carry around as a mage since warlocks have a well earned evil reputation, something we don't tend to come across too often in urban fantasy.

All in all, ANGEL'S INK introduces a complex world filled with interesting creatures, magical tattoo shops, and engaging, complex characters. Gage is especially intriguing as a quick thinking protagonist trying outrun his murky past but never able to fully turn his back on his magic. This series has already left it's mark on me and I'll be looking forward to more ink when the next book in The Asylum Tales series hits shelves in 2013.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked parts, found other parts meh April 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For me, this book had great parts and not so great parts. Your mileage may vary, and there are plenty of reasons someone else might enjoy the book more than me. Here's the breakdown of my experience.

Liked:
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* The idea that tattoo ink can be mixed with potions to make magical tattoos. This aspect of the book was immensely cool.

* Characters are consistent, never acting contrary to what you would expect, but still able to surprise you.

* Told from male point of view, a neat departure from similar books in the urban fantasy genre.

Didn't care for:
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* Relationship development between main characters. Feel like author depended to much on telling the reader the characters had known each other for two years and allowing that to reduce the relationship development in the book. I didn't feel the sexual tension between the characters, and when they consummated it, I wasn't really in the same "I must have you" space as they were.

* The sex is not terrible, but not great. If that's something you look forward to in books like these, you might want to take a pass and check out Delilah Dawson, Kelley Armstrong or Meljean Brooke (just to name a few).

* Characters other than the main character aren't as well developed - maybe too many of them? I definitely would have liked to see the female lead and the troll friend/coworker get a lot more involvement and character development.

* For me, the main character had too many problems, leaving many of them less developed or clear than others. Since this is obviously a lead in to a series, it might have been nice to leave some of the problems for later. That said, it's definitely action packed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Angel's Ink October 16, 2012
Format:Paperback
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
I've been a fan of Jocelynn's writing for quite some time. DARK DAYS is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, so when I found out that she was writing a new series I was simply intrigued.

After devouring the first two prequel eNovellas to the series - The Asylum Interviews - Bronx and The Asylum Interviews - Trixie, I could not wait to get Angel's Ink into my hands.

I received an ARC of Angel's Ink from HarperCollins in return for an honest review, and couldn't put it down. I read the entire thing in 1 and 1/2 sittings and only wanted more... My exact words on GoodReads upon finishing the book were: "Simply incredible! Action packed, gripping, & so unique I couldn't stop saying "wow"."

I'm a bibliophile. I read. A LOT. And I'm a genre specific reader sticking to the Paranormal, so trying to find a new and fresh spin on Urban Fantasy these days isn't the easiest thing to do. The Asylum Tales gave me that in spades.

The world was beautifully crafted and multi-dimensional allowing for growth throughout the series yet not becoming too overwhelming in the first installment.

The characters were well rounded with wonderful back stories, allowing for continued development throughout the arc.

The action was intense, the mystery intriguing and surprising, the romance frustratingly wonderful (in keeping with Jocelynn Drake form) and the plot gripping.

Our hero, Gage, is a potion stirring tattoo artist; the best in Low Town. He's also a warlock who wants nothing to do with the egotistical and maniacal world of the other witches and warlocks of the Ivory Towers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrelenting challenges for a reluctant hero
I actually passed on this book a couple of times after reading the first few pages because Gideon's character was so flat and cliched. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Alice in Vunderland
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Urban Fantasies and I rarely get along. But this one was well written and I was instantly drawn into the story and all og Gage's struggles. He had many. Read more
Published 27 days ago by elgato
5.0 out of 5 stars magic at it's best
I enjoyed the courage of all the characters in his circle the fact they would sacrifice for each other makes it seem like family .This book had nonstop action enjoyed it very much.
Published 3 months ago by mavismay
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Dresden meets Rachel Morgan
Angel's Ink (The Asylum Tales #1)
by Jocelynn Drake

Harry Dresden meets Rachel Morgan ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by PerkyTxGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book! Hope to see more!
I really enjoyed the book. It was different and interesting. I do believe the ending could have been a little more fleshed out but otherwise it was definitely worth a read.
Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fantasy series
Read Bronx, Trixie, then this story. The prequels introduce the characters, so you know who they are and how they all got connected in the tattoo parlor prior to this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Think about this
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked listening to a book from a male character’s POV.
First Thought

Gage is yummy! I liked listening to a book from a male character’s POV.

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I’m trying to give male narrators another... Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Book Nympho
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried, I really did
DNF.
Great idea using different super naturals then I am used to reading about. Warlocks, elves and trolls along with some normal paranormals. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Godiva
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read. Great characters
The pace, characters and storyline kept me totally engaged because of how well written I found it. Enjoyed it quite a lot.
Published 7 months ago by Kim Burress
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
Quick, fun read. Characters a nicely developed and the story is constantly twisting and engaging. I am looking to more!
Published 7 months ago by BowlnGreen
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More About the Author

By day, Jocelynn Drake is a clean-cut financial editor, picking apart stories about Wall Street and the global markets. But in her free time, she writes about a dark underworld where vampires and warlocks rule.

The author of Dark Days and Asylum Tales series, she lives in Florida with her husband, dog, and cat. When she's not working on her next book, she's usually hiding from the sun by playing video games.

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