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"With Victor Gischler finally dipping his blood drenched quill in the pool of epic fantasy, a fresh horde of fans should be gathering just outside his castle gate anticipating each new installment of the series." —Amazing Stories

"A fantastic fantasy novel with plenty of action, physical and magical, romance, politics, and settings that will thrill...Overall grade: A." —

About the Author

Victor Gischler was born in Sanford, Florida. He is a world traveler and earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received The Black Corsair Award for adventure literature and was nominated for both an Anthony Award and an Edgar Award for his mystery writing.

He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and would grill every meal if his wife would let him.

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  • File Size: 2540 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (October 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Victor Gischler is the author of such novels as GUN MONKEYS, SHOTGUN OPERA, GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE DEPUTY and others. His work has been optioned for film and translated into numerous languages. He's also written such comic book titles as X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, The Punisher, Conan, and The Shadow. He is a world traveler, grad school survivor and BBQ aficionado.

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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By nope on October 29, 2013
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If you want page after page describing familial relationships and clothing, then this is not the fantasy for you. The first paragraph had me laughing, the first chapter had me hooked, and the first installment has me wanting more. It was a very fast paced read with all the subtlety of an 80s action film. Swords go through heads. Fowl language, shmowl language. This is pulp. This is action packed fantasy. This is Ink Mage.
Devoured the 2nd episode in no time at all. Looking forward to the next installment. Third installment done and still hooked. I just want to reiterate, this book is not one of your long winded, slow moving fantasies. You know the ones I'm talking about. The story moves quickly from scene to scene, and never do I find myself wondering when something will actually happen.
Finished the book and keeping with my 4 star review. Great, fun story. As others have said, the ending does feel a bit rushed and abrupt, but not bad. I do hope the book gets a thorough editing before it goes into print. I think the typos and sloppy proofreading is more publisher's (47North) fault than the author's.
Seriously hoping the sequel comes along in the near future. Come on, it's a law that Fantasy novels come in trilogies, minimum.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Heather J. Allman on October 24, 2013
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Victor Gischler confirms my long-held suspicion that he can master ANY genre he writes! I find his first installment of this serial sci-fi fantasy novel to be unique, extremely witty, and ultimately provocative.

The premise alone is fascinating and undeniably original: creating a world where a Mage can imbue a warrior-woman with magical and mystical powers by, wait for it, inked tattoos... cool-ass ones at that! Each new tattoo strengthening her to become MORE than she is naturally, more magical than others could even suspect.

Gischler's uncanny knack for writing superb, smart dialogue shines through every scene, and his well-developed characters are fantastical yet the reader can relate to them 100% ...thus, it is completely consistent with his earlier works.

By the end, I was overwhelmingly sad to leave this ink-imbued world in which I felt right at home, finding myself aching to return to her, her world, her powers, her ink (of course), and to what her ultimate cost will be.

I cannot wait to read the continued story and its outcome in the next installment! Bravo and ❝mad props❞ to Victor Gischler for wholly immersing me in this new fantastical adventure and thoroughly engaging my mind, as he so consistently and easily does with ALL of his writing regardless of what genre he decides to tackle! Again, BRAVO indeed!!
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132 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 29, 2014
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If someone put the Encyclopedia of Fantasy Tropes and Stereotypes into novel form and then had a stoned college student transcribe it for maximum typos, this is about what I would expect to see come out the other side. (For example, "solider" and "soldier" are both words, but not interchangeable. Also, you cannot ever, ever say "here" when you mean "her"... and so on. There is a reason proofreaders get paid for their work, and it's to keep people like you, Mr. Gischler, from looking like a chump.)

Horrible cliches aside (oh, how cute! The princess--I mean duchess--is falling for the stable boy. Who could have predicted that?!) A lot of the novel just doesn't make sense or display any amount of research. For example, a bodyguard who teaches his charge (who he's been protecting and training since she was born) rapier first, hand-to-hand last, and apparently never even THINKS that she might need more practical weapons training in something other than a dueling weapon until there is literally an army on her doorstep. One who also, apparently, can take on an entire squad of elite fighters single-handedly, but it too stupid to stop at any point after said battle to wrap a simple bandage so he doesn't bleed out and leave his charge completely unprotected and on her own in a snowy wilderness with enemies all around her. This would also explain why he fell for the Evil Steward's "maybe you should check the garrison" ruse instead of being at his charge's side when she and her father were meeting with the enemy.

Why is there a rapier on a wall display of hunting weapons? Why does a stableboy (HEAD stableboy!) show absolutely no emotion about killing a guy (except to whine about how in the act of COMMITTING MURDER he may have bruised his ribs)?
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian Middleton Jr. on October 26, 2013
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Being a fan of Victor Gischler's other novels, I was pumped to check out Ink Mage. He has tackled post-apocalyptic near futures (Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse), a modern day westerns (The Deputy), hard-boiled crime (Gun Monkeys [best book ever!]), and several other genres, all with epic success. Ink Mage is no exception. Gischler brings his trademark pace, action and sharp dialogue to the fantasy genre, and it's better for it. If you love his other books, or want to read a epic new take on fantasy, this book is for you.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ian T. Eichenlaub on October 23, 2013
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So far so good.

I give it four stars because of one typo and the story is just beginning, you never know.

Ink Mage is generally what I expected of a Gischler fantasy story, if you've read any of his other work you know what I mean.

If you haven't, I mean that story has his voice and style, which includes wit, violence, distinct characters, mostly normalish people thrust into adventure along with some over the top characters.

I got a kind of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time meets Robert Howard's Conan feeling , sort of. Which is actually pretty awesome.

It's not generic Tolkienesque fantasy, it's not a day in life of a thousand characters, it's not a treatise on imaginary court politics.

It is hard boiled leather, that's what I wanted and that's what I got.
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Hi, folks, my name is Victor Gischler, and I'm the author of INK MAGE. Generally speaking, I think of these forums as a place for readers to discuss without the author getting in the way, but I just wanted to stick my nose in here at the halfway point of the serial to thank everyone for reading.... Read More
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I no this is a great book and needs to be updated more often I can't get enough of it
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The language doesn't bother me at all. I'm tired of everyone trying to fit into the YA genre. In my opinion, great books are not vanilla.
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I'm not sure, but I want Ron Perlman in.
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