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Dead Man's Deal (The Asylum Tales) [Kindle Edition]

Jocelynn Drake
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake continues the dark and dangerous adventures of a magical tattoo artist begun in Angel's Ink.

In a gritty urban fantasy world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires swim free in a sea of humanity, sometimes you need an edge. Looking for a little love? Need some luck? Desperate for revenge? Gage can give you what you need. The most talented tattoo artist in town, he knows the right symbol and the right mix of ingredients and ink to achieve your heart's desire. One tattoo is all it takes. But remember, everything has its price.

The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they intend to punish him for his  transgressions. Too bad if innocent humans and monsters—entire cities—get in the way. They will quell a nascent magical uprising and Gage will be the sacrifice they need. First, though, they have to find him.

Editorial Reviews


“[T]he clever, complex story intrigues (Publishers Weekly)

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

“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)

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

“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)

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

“Drake (the Dark Days vampire series) very ably spins a series launch ….stirs up trouble that sends the plot caroming with ferocious intensity to a satisfying but open-ended conclusion.” (Publishers Weekly)

From the Back Cover

The acclaimed Asylum Tales continue

Wizard and tattoo artist Gage escaped the dread Ivory Towers, but no one can outrun his past forever. The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they will stop at nothing—even destroying cities—to stop him . . . and the nascent human uprising.

Product Details

  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062117882
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NG2FMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake May 9, 2013
In Low Town, where elves, fairies, trolls, werewolves, vampires and other manners of supernatural life are happily walking among humanity, everything has its price. Gage Powell just wants to run his tattoo parlor and live a quiet fuss free life with his girlfriend, but Gage has learned that the warlocks and witches who command the Ivory Towers are never going to leave him in peace. Gage was allowed to leave the towers only if he never used his magic for anything but self defense. However, circumstances cause Gage to break this rule time and time again.

Now, Gage is back and neck deep in trouble. Gage has managed to indebt himself and his employee Bronx to the dark elf mob boss, Reave. Reave has discovered Gage's big secret and demands Gage's help in exchange for not selling him out to the highest bidder. When Gage has problems with Reave's latest request, Gage rebels, causing a chain reaction that leads Reave to include someone from Gage's past in his plan to bring down the Towers. Now the Towers are after Gage, figuring his sacrifice is enough to quell any uprisings. But Gage isn't one to hide when the going gets tough. With the help of some surprising allies, Gage finds himself once again having to make the choice between himself and the world.

Reluctant heroes are a favorite trope of mine and Gage Powell is the ultimate reluctant hero. The sole proprietor of the Asylum Tattoo Parlor and magical tattoo artist, Gage is forced to live under strict conditions. A former apprentice warlock who didn't agree with the cruel indicts of the warlock/witch community, he escaped that world only to find himself under a death sentence. His life is contingent upon his promise to never use his magic in any shape or form except for self defense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome! August 8, 2013
By DVKov
This book is absolutely awesome! Dead Man's Deal is the second book in Joscelynn Drake's The Asylum Tales. The main character, Gage (a warlock in hiding) finds himself with a number of problems that he needs to resolve. Actions in the first book led to him and one of his tattooing partners, Bronx (a troll) being employed by the dark elf Mafia boss Reave. Reave wants the boys to handle some distasteful tasks so Gage is scrambling to figure a way out of the arrangement. To make matters worse, Reave has discovered a secret that the Ivory Towers, home to the world's brutal witches and warlocks, will kill to protect and he's dragged Gage's brother into the fray so Gage needs to save him, too. Gage also need to find a way to keep the Summer Court elves from stealing his girlfriend, Trixie, back to her homeland to be the consort of the king. If he can fix the elves' infertility problem that just might do the trick. Add to that the fact that he's been increasingly using magic, an act that can get him killed by the Tower powers, and I'd say our boy has his hands quite full.

Drake spins what could be a really complicated and confusing number of threads into a seamless story that keeps you engaged from beginning to end. Gage is flawed and vulnerable; Drake does an amazing job of conveying his many conflicts and moral quandaries while he attempts to hold on tight to some shred of his humanity. The book has its share of violence and meaningless loss, but she infuses it with rich characters whose reactions make you feel their pain and suffering but also their joy and love. This series is quite different from Drake's Dark Days series but every bit as enjoyable. If you haven't read the first book (Angel's Ink) I'd start there in this highly recommended series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly stellar story, amazing world-building May 13, 2013
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For me, the true mark of a great book is that you hate to leave the story when it's over. This is one of those books. The world that Gage inhabits is so vivid and engaging and believable, I want to stay and learn more. I would strongly suggest reading the first book in this series, "Angel's Ink," and the short "Asylum Interview" stories to get up to speed.

Gage is a reluctant hero whose loyalty and nobility are hidden under a rebellious façade. In this way he reminds me of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, and I love me some Harry Dresden. The story rolls seamlessly along, although readers who need things spelled out for them might feel a little lost. You have to go with the story and figure things out as the characters do.

I appreciate the first-person narrative is a man. It's cool to see the world through Gage's eyes...with one TINY exception. The frequency that his "d**ck" either "twitched" or "got hard." Maybe this does happen to all men, all the time. If so, I feel more sympathy for them than I did. But not having the equipment myself, it was just a tad jarring how much more...specific Gage's physical response to romantic situations (and sexy clothing) was.

That is a minor quibble. This series is a very, very strong paranormal/urban fantasy story. Although there is some romance, it's got lots of action and excitement, tension, and problems with no easy answers. The characters must make their own tough decisions and then live with them, as we all do.

All in all, "The Asylum Tales" series is a very exemplary, very complex, and very smart addition to the UF world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Small kindnesses in a cold, hard world
There are small kindnesses in Dead Man's Deal. They are few and far between, and come in unexpected places, but they are enough to turn small tides for wizard-cum-hero, Gage... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Alice in Vunderland
2.0 out of 5 stars It feels like the author has tried to mesh several other popular ...
I just couldn't finish the book. I tried on several occasions but I just couldn't. It feels like the author has tried to mesh several other popular writers styles and it doesn't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bookwise
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by David N Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun world!
Not your average magic in the modern day tale. There were moments in the book that I teared up and with urban fantasy that isn't a common occurrence. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Clemo
4.0 out of 5 stars The second novel in the Asylum Tales series is better that the first.
Dead Man's Deal (The Asylum Tales, #2) by Drake, Jocelynn
The second novel in the Asylum Tales series is better that the first. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PerkyTxGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Deal
Even though the summarizing and re-summarizing of events still bothered me, this series gets cooler by the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by elfshanx
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting better
This book was certainly better than the first book. I'm still not feeling the relationship between Gage and Trixie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cynthia Heaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising new series
I enjoyed Dead Man's Deal very much. Good world building! I am looking forward to the next book. Hurry Jocelynn!
Published 5 months ago by Karen Groff
4.0 out of 5 stars good pick
I didnt realize that this was the second book in the series and although a little rough around the edges I really did enjoy the story line and the characters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SMH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I grabbed this on the kindle app for $1.99 and to be honest I was not one bit disappointed. If you are a fan of smart ass science fiction such as that found in the Dresden Files I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. C. Beckett
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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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