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Dead Man's Deal (The Asylum Tales series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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

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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.

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  • File Size: 1827 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007525281
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NG2FMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tori @SmexyBooks on May 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OpenBookSociety dot com on May 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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*Beware of Spoilers*

In the heat of the moment magical tattoo artist and ex-warlock-in-training, Gage, made a mistake and killed his former mentor using magic, meaning that he will have to forfeit a year of his life; a year that will be spent in the underworld with Lilith who already has a piece of his soul. He doesn't know when that year will be taken, but Gage knows it could happen at any time.

In the meantime, he is trying to live a normal life, but his problems keep stacking up. He wants to help his hot elf girlfriend, Trixie, from being hunted by her race, he is stuck working for the dark elf mafia and needs to find a way to free himself along with Bronx who was dragged into it because of Gage, and now the Ivory Towers are about to declare war over some information that was discovered. Gage has his plate full, but he has to tackle one problem at a time and hope that he gets himself and his friends through to the other side alive!

But Gage can't save himself and his friends without making a few sacrifices along the way. But will the price he's forced to pay be too high?

I liked this book, but it wasn't as fast-paced as I was hoping it would be. Don't get me wrong there is a lot of action going on and something is always happening. But all of the warlock duels started to blend together after awhile and became monotonous. Gage had so many problems and it was hard to keep up with all the hoops he had to jump through, but it never left the reader lost. And, overall this was another good book in The Asylum Tales series that I wouldn't have wanted to miss.

The relationship between Trixie and Gage has really started to take shape and I'm really enjoying what I'm seeing there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LITERAL ADDICTION on May 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
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Jocelynn Drake delivers another mind blowing read with the 2nd installment of The Asylum Tales, and continues some of the most fantastic world building I have ever encountered!

As the conflict between the Towers and the rest of the world escalates, Gage and his loved ones are once again caught up in the midst of the chaos. Per usual, loyal, selfless, protective, absolutely lovable Gage lays everything on the line to protect those he loves and the lives of the innocent. Jocelynn is so in tune with her leading man and writes so vividly, that as he fights tooth and nail and sacrifices just about anything & everything he can, you can't help but be caught up in the story and cheer him on, feeling as if you were right there with him.

The tone and pacing of the plot were fantastic, and the arc of the story is evolving spectacularly. Amidst the magic and mayhem we get some delicious sneak peeks into what might be, as well as some delightful regressions into what was, all adding up to a fast paced, action packed Urban Fantasy that is also incredibly touching and full of heart.

I am thoroughly obsessed with this unique and gripping series and highly recommend it! While Dead Man's Deal can be read as a stand-alone, I highly suggest reading the 2 prequel novellas and Angel's Ink beforehand. The added history and character development story you will gain will make Dead Man's Deal just that much more enjoyable (and that's saying a lot).

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Dead Man's Deal a well earned 5 Skulls.
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