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Product Details

  • Series: The Asylum Tales (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Original edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062117882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062117885
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[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.

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Cant wait for the next in series!
l.phil
The writing is well done and the action keeps you moving!
Andrea Warfield
Characters developed and distinct.
TJames

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7 of 8 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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DVKov on August 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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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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