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The Asylum Interviews: Bronx (The Asylum Tales 0.5)
The first of two prequel stories to Jocelynn Drake's Angel's Ink. It's not easy being a tattoo artist and a wizard, especially when you're in hiding. Or when a botched ink job has amplified an incubus's existing sex appeal into one that could wreck the whole town. And your only help is a troll.
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What an interesting start to a new series. Magical tattoos, interesting mix of characters, and even with this being so short, there was nothing missing with any of the characters. Certainly some backstory, but I wouldn't expect everyone's deep, dark secrets to be revealed in a prequel of all things. Save that stuff for the books.
Speaking of the characters, I really like that this was narrated from a man's POV. Gage, the m...more
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx is a prequel to the new series. Drake has done an amazing job of setting up a new world. We got to see trolls, warlocks, and incubus' in this short and I have fallen in love with them...more
Quick & Dirty: Entertaining look into a new series about a loyal tattoo artist.
Opening Sentence: “What the … Get the hell out of here!”
The Asylum Interviews: Bronx is the first of two short stories about how Gage, the mysterious tattoo artist of Angel’s Ink, meets one of his two employees. First up is Bronx, a talented tattoo artist who happens to be a troll. Gage meets Bronx in a most hilarious yet uncomfortable situation while at a bar. Undete...more
In a few days you might notice that my blog will be taken over for the day, by none other than Jocelynn Drake! Surprise! I will be having a character interview Jocelynn put together for a small blog tour for the Asylum Tales! The Asylum Interviews: Bronx, is one of the prequels to Angel's Ink that releases later this year.
So I decided to read this one right away since I had just finished another novella! And it was incredi...more
“Most trolls only have one child.”
“The mother tends to eat the spares.”
The Asylum Interviews is a prequel to Jocelynn Drake’s newest series, The Asylum Tales, which releases its first in the series, Angel’s Ink, in October. In this short novella, we get an introduction to the series main character, Gage, and the unique fantasy world in which he lives. Drake’s new world is an alternate Earth city, (Low Tow...more
In this prequel we get to learn a little about the fascinating urban fantasy setting that Ms. Drake has created from the POV of the main character in the series, Gage. The Asylum Interviews: Bronx does just what the title suggests. It introduces us to Gage's newest tattoo artist and friend, Bronx, who happens to be a troll.
Jocelynn Drake has created a very interesting world and I look forward t...more
And you know what, that's all I'm going to say right now. If you want to hear more about what I think, then head over to Literary Escapism on June 24th to r...more
Gage, the protagonist is the owner of Asylum, a tatto parlor. Due to his somewhat mysterious past, he tries to live a quiet life. But flying under the radar isn't always possible when y...more
I can't wait for the first full length novel, Angel Ink, coming in October.
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The Asylum Interviews: Bronx introduces several of the series characters in addition to Gage, a tattoo artist/mage who is not supposed to be doing magic, there's his friend incubus Parker who is suffering for trying to maintain a monogamous relationship with a human who just can't keep up enough to keep him fed, as well as Bronx, a...more
THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX, was an engaging and gritty introduction to The Asylum Tales series. Gage immediately held my attention with his backstory as a ex-warlock who is forbidden to use magic and is working as a tattoo artist. We only get a little mention of why he isn’t a warlock anymore but what we do learn about his past makes me has me anxiously looking forward to more revelations.
Humans always seem to be the ones left with barely any defenses in urb...more
He soon discovers he was drugged by his own friend, an incubus named Parker, who dosed him so he could go, er, recharge his energies. A troll named Bronx helps him track...more
I purchased this novella from Amazon.co.uk. After reading Blood by Midnight which is bascially three novella/short tales in the form of a small anthology, I decided I would like to read more by Jocelynn Drake. The result was me having read The asylum Interviews in the wrong order really, but then it didn't really matter, they were still enjoyable to read and still made sense. The cover depicts Parker, the unfortunate guy, a good friend of Gage. the cover also shows the unique, tattoo Pa...more
Bronx is a prequel to the Asylum series. It introduces the main character in quite a vivid fashion. Not sure...more
I'm a huge fan of Jocelynn's Dark Days books, so now that they are over, I've been very eagerly anticipating this new series. However, there always is that worry in the back of my head that any author's new series will not live up to the high bar that they have previously set in another one. However, after reading this prequel novella, I have a feeling The Asylum Tales series will be every bit as good as the Dark Days books, if not even bett...more
Jocelynn Drake is easily in my top 4 Urban Fantasy Author list, and I love the way she writes. I was a steady Dark Days fan from book #1 to the conclusion, so when we hosted Jocelynn for an Author Event and she told us in a live chat about the new series concept she was working on I was immediately excited.
The Asylum Interviews - Bronx is the first story of The Asylum Tales series, released as an eNovella.
In Bronx, we meet the cent...more
*A review copy of this book was received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
Gage owns a tattoo parlor and tries to keep a low profile. He’s a wizard that tends to weave his magic with his tattoo potions, even though he isn’t supposed to be practicing magic. He is looking for a new tattoo artist since his business is really taking off and Bronx may be the solution.
Bronx is the new troll in town and he is looking for a job. He...more
THE ASYLUM INTERVIEWS: BRONX is narrated by Gage Powell, a warlock. The story opens with Gage on the floor of a women's washroom in a bar. As he tries to piece together how he ended up there, he meets Bronx, a troll. Bronx is new in town, licensed to make magical tattoos and looking for work at Gage's tattoo parlor. With a little help, Gage figures out his friend Parker, an incubus, drugged him and left him at the bar. Gage and Bronx set out to find Parker with the intent of...more
Gage owns a tattoo parlor, “Asylum,” in Low Town, where magical beings are prevalent and accepted. In his “world,” tattoo...more
I think the reason for that was due to what I read before this one. It was a Dual POV First Person Present Tense. And it drove me bonkers.
This one was a First Person POV, but it wasn't a Present Tense. So it was better, but it still had my brain jerking at times.
But once I finally got into it. It was good.
I drama was a bit anti climactic. (...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this method of introduction, learning bits and pieces about Gage, the tattoo artist/ex-sorcerer-in-hiding and his new friend/employee Bronx, who is a tr...more
This book was identified as a short story. It appears to relate to two other books/short stories all under the category of Asylum Tales. A chastised warlock operating as a tattoo artist makes a new friend and saves a friend from himself.
Ms. Drake paints good characters. The fallen warlock could have used more back story but was likeable and open minded. Bronx, the troll, was also a likeable character. The concept of tattoos having power based on the des...more
I really liked her writing style and loved the way she depicted her paranormal/fantasy world. Gage seems like he is going to be a fascinating protagonist plus he sounds like he has some dark secrets to reveal. Bronx, the troll, was a fun character and I look forward to...more