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Dead Man's Deal: The Asylum Talesby Jocelynn Drake
Synopses & Reviews
Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake continues the dark and dangerous adventures of a magical tattoo artist begun in Angel's Ink.
In a gritty urban fantasy world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires swim free in a sea of humanity, sometimes you need an edge. Looking for a little love? Need some luck? Desperate for revenge? Gage can give you what you need. The most talented tattoo artist in town, he knows the right symbol and the right mix of ingredients and ink to achieve your heart's desire. One tattoo is all it takes. But remember, everything has its price.
The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they intend to punish him for his transgressions. Too bad if innocent humans and monsters — entire cities — get in the way. They will quell a nascent magical uprising and Gage will be the sacrifice they need. First, though, they have to find him.
"Warlock and tattoo artist Gage returns in Drake's solid, if overly descriptive, second Asylum Tales urban fantasy (after Angel's Ink). In a dark version of our world, Gage remains marginally free from the brutal Ivory Towers. Reluctantly forced to accept his very unwanted role as poster boy for magical apprentices who long to flee the restrictive Towers, Gage faces a new problem when he discovers the ruling witches and warlocks believe he killed his powerful, missing mentor. His employees, elf Trixie and troll Bronx, help as Gage attempts to stay one step ahead of his enraged hunters while also dealing with family issues, the elf Summer Court, a witch turned into a cat, and his dark elf mafia boss. Infodumps impede the narrative flow, but the clever, complex story intrigues. Agent: Jennifer Schober, Spencerhill Associates. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Gritty, authentic and fast-paced! This urban fantasy series rocks!” J.R. Ward
“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
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.
About the Author
The bestselling author of the Dark Days series and a former financial analyst, Jocelynn Drake lives in Wisconsin.
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