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Angel's Ink (The Asylum Tales #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,808 Ratings  ·  434 Reviews
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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 To
Paperback, 338 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Harper Voyager
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I’m always excited about new urban fantasy series, hoping I’ll discover a new Kate Daniels, new Mercy Thompson or Kara Gillian (or in this case, a new Atticus O’Sullivan). I never do, of course, but a girl can dream, right? In many ways, Angel’s Ink was better than I expected, but parts of it were disappointing as well. I’ll try not to focus only on them.

Gage is a loner, owner of the Asylum Tattoo Parlor and the only person ever to escape the infamous Ivory Towers, home of warlocks and witches.
Erica Ravenclaw
Dec 04, 2013 Erica Ravenclaw rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-gonna-happen
Update 9/27:

I had given this 2 stars on the singular premise of a good idea.

This was a gross misuse of stars. I am retracting that previous rating and instating the appropriate ZERO.
I climbed in bed and realized I had forgotten to update my kindle and all that was on there unread was this piece of garbage. I decided as I had not gotten to the sex scene I would read on, perhaps it had some unforeseen redeeming qualities, I plowed on. As I suspected it was not long off from the point in which I
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 17, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Dark, urban fantasy set is a masterfully built world with lots of action but with so much going on it can be distracting.

Opening Sentence: The hammer of a gun clicked as it was cocked.

The Review:

Angel’s Ink starts off a fascinating new series where humans live alongside the supernatural. This world has seen its fair share of blood spilled, most of it by witches and warlocks. Gage is currently a tattoo artist but was once a warlock in trainin
2.5 stars for the audio, 4 stars for the story- I liked it, it was very similar to Harry Dresden's story and character-like but not as well done. It had some really good moments and a lot of everything else, perhaps too much. It's a busy little book. It was a terrible audiobook, in my humble opinion, bad narration. I think I would have enjoyed it more reading it. I am not sure if I'll continue with the series.
There is a rouge warlock , he just is trying to live his life outside the control of th
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
3.5 stars-
You may read my review here:

After a tattoo gone wrong, Gage Powell finds himself at the receiving end of a gun barrel. Seems a good luck tattoo’s ingredients weren’t up to snuff, but it didn’t help that the customer wasn’t willing to shell out more than $50. A misfiring tattoo is bad enough, and after taking care of the disgruntled customer (with his fist), Gage is visited by his warden, Gideon, who is determined to catch Gage practicing unsanct
Oct 17, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
In a world where supernatural beings and humans have an uneasy coexistence, the power of magic is everywhere. Even in the Ink.

Angel's Ink represents everything that I love about Adult Urban Fantasy. You have characters who are complicated, tough, and have that extra special supernatural edge, a plot that is full of tension and action, and brilliant, gritty world-building. I didn't realize how much I had missed these elements in my reading, but this book was quick to remind me, basically, by the
Nov 21, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
Nov 08, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
I like this new Urban Fantasy world from Jocelynn Drake. It's different. Supernaturals live openly among humans, but the magic-wielding witches and warlocks are set apart from everyone else. They are powerful, ruthless, and consider themselves gods. No one can stop them. No one even dares to question them.

Gage changed that. Primed to be a warlock from childhood, he turned his back on it all. He refused to look at humans as chattel and left the Ivory Towers behind to become a tattoo artist. Of co
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Original Romancing the Dark Side Review:

I've found a new urban fantasy hero in Gage!

In a world where humans and the supernatural co-exist, rogue warlock Gage prefers to practice his magic in the art of tattooing. His sanctuary is his tattoo parlor, Asylum, where he infuses his ink work with special ingredients and a touch of magic to deliver luck, wealth, or whatever desire his client wishes. Working alongside Gage are his friends Trixie and Bronx, an elf and moody troll who have secrets of th
Oct 16, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Angel’s Ink is the first book in Jocelynn Drake’s new The Asylum Tales series. I have heard wonderful things about this author’s work so when I noticed that she was starting a new series I jumped at the chance to read her. I’m glad I did.

Angel’s Ink is about a warlock ‘sort-of-in-hiding’ who runs a tattoo parlor called Asylum. People and beings can come into the shop to either get a ‘regular’ tattoo or to get Gage and his crew to mix in a bit of potion
Jordan Lombard
Dec 09, 2014 Jordan Lombard rated it it was amazing
As this book doesn't come out until October, I read the ARC. Halfway through the book I knew I was going to have one big problem with this series. I knew I would finish book one before it even officially came out for sale, which would mean I'd have to wait even longer for book two. I can't recommend this book enough. I LOVED it. The characters were beautifully written, well rounded, and I loved all of them. The world building was awesome and the plot just kept spinning, leaving me in awe and won ...more
Jan 14, 2014 E rated it did not like it
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First off, this was a free book as part of the Free Friday Giveaways on the Nook. Otherwise, I never would have read it. I have read urban fantasy, and I have really liked some of it but this was not it.

This is the story of Gage, a ex-warlock that had a parting of ways with his evil peers and struck out to live on his own among the puny mortals. As far as urban fantasy goes there were some new things in here that I liked, but for the most part it was a let down of a book.

I have to give this two
Anne Odom
Apr 25, 2013 Anne Odom rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, sexy
For me, this book had great parts and not so great parts. Your mileage may vary, and there are plenty of reasons someone else might enjoy the book more than me. Here's the breakdown of my experience.


* 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 depart
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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This author came highly recommended so I was very excited that she was starting a new series, since her other one is already a few books in and I have to catch up. Add to that when I saw her at a panel at NY Comic Con earlier this year she was one of my favorite authors when I heard her speak. Of course, you add tattoos to that and it just seemed like a winner. When I picked up the actual book and saw that there were quotes by two of my favorite authors
I made it 32% through this before I realized that no matter how much I wanted to like, it just wasn't going to happen. I really liked Drake's Nightwalker series, and love the premise of this one, but instead of reading a seasoned author (that I enjoyed) I felt like I was reading something I could have put out; which is to say it wasn't any good. Not a single moment had me living in the story, and I ended up just forwarding to the end to see if the guy lived or not. I still didn't care when I saw ...more
Oct 03, 2015 Abra rated it liked it
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. The writing style was fine as was the world building. I also liked that this book has a sense of a larger world outside the immediate vicinity of the characters.

However, I nearly gave up about half way through the book. This is one of those books where the author heaps impossible/deadly task upon impossible/deadly task over and over again. I got bored. I was reminded of when m
Mar 28, 2015 Amle rated it it was ok
Angel's Ink is a story about Gage, the former warlock, living in hiding from the tyrannical witches and warlocks that rule over all from the Ivory Towers. Gage owns a tattoo parlor, where he and his two employees, an imposing troll and a gorgeous elf, ink all sorts of humans and magical creatures.
This is a fast paced urban fantasy, unfortunately it is so fast paced that it's difficult to keep up with all the times our main character is being threatened, beaten half to death, or experiences somet
Jane Stewart
I enjoyed much of this, but I had a few problems.

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. At age 6 he was taken from his human parents to live and learn magic at a warlock school. His mentor Simon was evil. Gage ran away from school at age 16 to live among humans. The warlocks reluctantly allowed this and said he could not use his magic except in self defense - or they wo
First of all, I recommend reading the two prequels prior to reading the first book of the series. It really helps to get a feel of the relationships between Gage, Trixie, and Bronx. The first book starts about two years after the prequels end, so having a bit of backstory is helpful in getting to know the characters.

Gage is in a giant pickle. Several giant pickles. He manages to really screw up a tattoo, causing the grim reaper to pay him a visit. He is also still being watched over by Gideon,
Jul 04, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Very interesting premise. I loved the idea of a warlock in hiding working as a tattoo artist and mixing up magical potions in his basement. His elf and troll coworkers were an added plus.

What I didn't like -- if you're going to describe your main character as near death you cannot then have your main character change his shirt and run out to do a bunch of errands. Gage is nearly murdered and has part of his soul ripped out by his nemesis, Simon. He magically escapes, returns to his shop, fixes h
William Bentrim
Sep 04, 2012 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
Angels Ink by Jocelynn Drake
This book fills in all the background information that I wanted when I read Asylum Interviews:Bronx. Another title could be warlock on the run as the protagonist is rougue warlock operating as a tattoo artist whose ink conveys more than just symbols.

I mentioned in my review of Bronx that I really liked Ms. Drake’s characterizations. I like them even better in a book where she has the space to bring them to full fruition. Stories of camaraderie are among my favorite.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Oct 17, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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 fr
Valerie ~ Val Hall ~
Dec 18, 2012 Valerie ~ Val Hall ~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, tattoos
I particularly liked Jocelynn Drake’s “Dark Days” series, I was experiencing withdrawal so I was pleasantly surprised to see that she had another new series. I was not completely sold on the Asylum Tales published before “Angel’s Ink” while friends did encourage me to continue.

New York City, set 100 years after the Great War between humans and Warlocks/Witches, is populated by all sorts of supernatural beings now living among the humans freely. The world-building is eerily similar to our modern
Apr 06, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Overall, I really liked this tale of a magic-wielding tattoo artist and his elf and troll coworkers. Gage seemed very Dresdenesque to me. I wish the author would have included more background information on how the world came to know about all the mythological creatures and what exactly happened with the Great War. It also seemed that there were too many plot elements going on all at once (The angel wing tattoo, the Summer Court thing with Trixie, Bronx & Gage having to deal with the mob bos ...more
Hali Sowle
A new start to a dark urban fantasy series filled with your usual mash of characters - a brooding mage, poorly understood by his fellows, in unrequited love with the lovely woman or in this case elf that works for him, the hulking friend who is wise and loyal beyond his looks and those who oppose him and want to see him taken down. I wanted to really like this book but I just couldn't, unlike some books I've read it didn't hook me and I didn't try to find extra time to get a few pages in here an ...more
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

Gage has had magical abilities as long as he can remember, but just how good he was became clear when the warlocks came and took him from his family at the age of seven. He was swept away to the Ivory Towers where he was trained to be a warlock; the most feared beings on Earth. Gage was more powerful than his mentor, Simon, had ever expected him to be. Gage escaped as a teen; something that has never been done before. This could have cost him his life. But whe
Gage was trained from a young age to become a warlock but in a world where the warlocks and witches rule the other races with an iron fist he didn't feel comfortable with the way his mentor and the other inhabitants of the Ivory Towers lived their lives. Gage doesn't believe that the ability to harness magic makes the warlocks any better than anyone else and he hates the way they treat humans and other supernatural beings with contempt and as little better than insects to be crushed at will. He ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Amber rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book - it was the kind that I picked up and couldn't put down due to the continuous action. I read it in basically two sittings.

The world that Drake has created is really cool. She draws on known mythologies/creatures, but dumps them all into the same world where they need to co-exist. It is rather fascinating concept, that I really want/ed to see fleshed out. I could see future books from the Gage's viewpoint, but also from other from other creatures revealing the thoughts
Dec 09, 2012 Lorelle rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Im going to cheat and copy my comments from the BOM activity...Well Im all done, and I think I lost a bit of interest after the first 100 pages. Maybe I did get too caught up in the fact that it was very Dresdonish. After the whole angel wing tattoo I was waiting for a really gritty and powerful stroyline to evolve around this. I was a little disappointed with the ending (view spoiler). I didnt mind the pace and I liked the side characters, but when they werent there I missed them. An ...more
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A former Cincinnati native, Jocelynn briefly lived in the wintery wonderland of Wisconsin before mounds of snow had her running for the sun-kissed beaches of South Florida. She started writing when she was 12, spending one summer re-writing the story of Robin Hood because it really needed a kick butt female character. Since those early days, she’s written fantasy, romance, horror, science-fiction, ...more
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