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Dead Man's Deal: The Asylum Tales (The Asylum Tales series Book 2) by [Drake, Jocelynn]
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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.


Product Details

  • 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Dead Man's Deal was an excellent sequel to Angel's Ink filled with just as much adventure, action, romance, and magic. All of the fun main characters return with the addition of Gage's older brother Robert, who's gotten into some trouble working for the dark elf mob boss, a hobgoblin named Duff, a new friend of Gage, more rogue warlocks, and the queen of the elves. And, of course, more villainous evil warlocks from the Ivory Towers to rain down chaos on Gage's life once again.

All in all, The Asylum Tales are a dark gritty urban fantasy series that all fans of the genre should read!
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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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Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.75

Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

NOTE: I did originally get this from Edelweiss but did not download it in time for review. I purchased my own copies through Amazon/Audible.

First Thought when Finished: Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake was excellent! This series is now on my must buy as released list!

Story Thoughts: Oh Gage!You are the king of getting yourself tangled up in the most impossible situations. Granted you always do it because you want to protect those you love BUT man this time you got yourself tangled up in all sorts of madness. Dead Man's Deal is all about what would you do for the people you love! The fact is, Gage will do anything for them. There was tons of action, suspense, and moments of "oh crap". This series is shaping up to be one of my favorites!

Character Thoughts: I love the characters of The Asylum Tales. Gabe, Bronx (wasn't enough of him), Trixie, Sofie, and Gideon. They are where Jocelynn Drake SHINES! You care about them! You root for them! You cry and scream at them! Overall you just want to become part of their world and hang out with them. I really do love them all! In Dead Man's Deal though it was Sofie who made my heart grow 10x!

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated by: Michael Urie /Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins

I love Michael Urie's narration of Dead Man's Deal (with the exception of his voice for Trixie). He is spot on with Gage, Bronx, Sofie, and Gideon. His pacing is fantastic and the emotion is perfectly suited to the story. Trixie, the voice for her is just a little to over the top for my taste.

Final Thoughts: I need the next one NOW!
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