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.
©2013 Jocelynn Drake (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
PNR/UF reader and blogger
Still loving this world!
The Set Up:
Gage was outted to his friends as a warlock in Angel’s Ink and now not only is Gage in danger of the White Tower but so is his friends and family.
Reaver, the dark fae mobster in Low Town is blackmailing Gage with the threat of doing harm to Bronx so that he has to work for him. So not only does Gage have to worry about the witches and warlocks he has the glorified thug on his back too.
Then there’s Trixie’s pass that comes to town and the Elves’ of the Summer Court is threatening to take Trixie back home so she can be the King’s baby maker.
Gage is doing is best to run his tattoo shop, The Asylum, keep himself alive and protecting his loved ones. All while trying to solve the Elves’ of the Summer Court’s baby making problem. It’s just another Tuesday, what could go wrong?
Gage really steps up his game in the magic using way. He already owes one year of his life because he killed someone with magic in the last book. How many years can he rack up?
Issue(s) I had:
NONE! I’m loving this world and these characters.
It took me a little while to get into Urie’s narration of the first book, Angel’s Ink. But now I can’t see anyone else doing the narration. He does a great job with pinch, timing and he is Gage! I still wish he would do something a little different with Trixie’s voice but she is the only character that’s not perfect IMO.
I’ve really enjoyed seeing a story through Gage’s POV. I’m going to seek out more UF series with male main characters. I think I’ll revisit the Sandman Slim series and give Harry Dresden a go while I want for the next book in The Asylum Tales series by Drake.
Will I continue this series?
YES! I can’t wait for the next book. Really, when’s the next one coming out? I know that Dead Man’s Deal was just release but I need more Gage!!
Looking for Recommendations
Do you guys have any favorite series with a male main character? Let me know in the comments.
Gage is my favorite character because he is witty and sarcastic!
I don't believe in spoilers so I rarely write anything about the actual book. I just give my opinion whether or not it is worth buying. In my opinion I feel this book is worth buying because of the narration alone. The story drags on at times, but the narration by Michael Urie is fun. I thought the female voice of Trixie sounded like Adam Sandler in the movie Jack and Jill and it made me giggle. And the character Gideon sounded like Clint Eastwood, but I loved loved loved the sarcasm of Gage that was captured. I was pleasantly surprised when I googled Michael Urie and saw it was the guy from Ugly Betty. I loved that show and him on it, and I love his narration. I will buy any book he narrates. Again, it is a pretty good book but does drag on at times.
I really enjoyed Gage's inner turmoil and a glimpse into his past to appreciate the story-line.
Gage. He seems the most "developed" of the characters in this book. The rest are pretty much caricatures.
GREAT with male characters, the females...not so much. His voice and inflection made the women all sound "mentally impaired/deficient",, the writing added to this; the women were simply not written as "actual people" outside of the "big tit", ""big eyes" & "long blond hair" BS. So, altogether, not completely the narrator's fault..still, he could at least make them "sound" less clinically retarded/slow.
I wouldn't make a film of this. It's a "fun/quick" read/listen, but not much else.
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