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Angel's Ink: The Asylum Tales Paperback – October 16, 2012
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“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.
Top Customer Reviews
* 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:
* 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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great world and characters. You cheer them on. I can't wait to see why happens next. Heading into the next book now.Published 20 days ago by hails
I loved the premise and idea of the world, but the characters were just awful. The female character is an elf first presented as a badass tattoo artist, ends up as a useless female... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Karen Cunningham
Loved it. I finished it within two days and it only took that long because I had other obligations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heather R
Great constantly moving tale of magic and values. A warlock, elf and troll in a tattoo parlor create an environment for the reader to lurk in their world.Published 6 months ago by The Vaden Family
Not bad, not great. Felt like it was missing depth, more of a YA feel. Nice concept, just needed something more.Published 6 months ago by Rebecca M.
I bought this first book based on the recommendations and the mention of it equalling authors like Butcher and Briggs.. which happen to be my favourite authors. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Arjenie Moon
I received this book as a freebie at RT15.
I liked this book well enough that I'll probably buy the second in the series. Read more
Good ideas. Reminded me of a world similar to Harry Potter. Various magical creatures live on earth and some of them enjoy hurting humans. The main character is Gage. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jane
Enjoyed it, but it's total popcorn. Tasty, but not filling. Looking forward to the next though.Published 11 months ago by D.Cortes