Early Review: ANGEL’S INK by Jocelynn Drake

October 13, 2012 Review 1 ★★★★

*This title will be released on October 16, 2012*

Angel's Ink (The Asylum's Tales, #1)

ANGEL’S INK

(The Asylum Tales, #1)
by Jocelynn Drake

Genre:  Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt:  No | Book Trailer:  No
Reviewed by:  Kristina | Source: Publisher

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Original edition (October 16, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0062117858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062117854

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

references to sex, one graphic sex scene

Description

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.

Review

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.


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One Response to “Early Review: ANGEL’S INK by Jocelynn Drake”

  1. LunaMoth

    What an interesting sounding book! Who is that on the cover i wonder? Ill have to pick this one up!