Dead Man's Deal (The Asylum Tales #2)
In a 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, ...more
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Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side:
Gage stole my heart! Another fabulous installment to The Asylum Tales!
Fairies, trolls, elves, vampires and werewolves are just a few of the residents of Low Town, where warlock Gage Powell owns his tattoo parlor, Asylum. Unable to use his magic for anything other than self defense, he tries his best to live under the magical radar and earn a decent living tattooing alongside his friend Bronx and elven girlfriend Trixie, but his troubled pa ...more
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 theglorifiedthug on his back too.
Then there's Trixie's pass th
Now, in Dead Man's Deal, Gage is faced with figuring ou ...more
I had hoped to get my hands on a copy of Angel's Ink before reading this, the next book in Drake's Asylum Tales series but I didn't quite manage it. Thankfully Dead Man's Deal worked surprisingly well as a stand alone and I gratefully escaped into a world of magic, monsters and mayhem.
Dead Man's Deal features Gage Powell, a wizard who turned his back on his training in order to escape the horrifying politics of his fellow magic wielders in the Ivory Towers. He makes his living as a tattoo artist ...more
As the story begins, Gage is being forced to work for Reave, the Da ...more
So I was a little hesitant going into this one because I really did want to fall in love with it. I really did want to like Gage more.
Thankfully, this second installment blew me ...more
I like how the hated Guardian Gideon becomes an almost friend. Enjoyed the emotion of Gage meeting up with his family.
This story is chocked full of ...more
Quick & Dirty: Fast paced dark urban fantasy with multiple stories interweaving into one final surprising outcome.
Opening Sentence: They were killing pixies.
Gage Powell returns with a whole new set of troubles in Dead Man’s Deal. A dark elf has learned Gage’s secret and has been using him to do his dirty work, even forcing Gage into using his magic which he has been forbidden to use. If Gage uses his magic then his time as a free man is running ...more
One problem I had with Angel's Ink (the first book) was that sometimes Gage came off as overly whiny and angsty, but that's less present (like, 50% less) in Dead Man's Deal. Even better, Gage is finally starting to realize that his Absolutely No Killing Ever rule isn't going to work if he wan ...more
I think I went away from this pleasantly surprised. Oh, I'm not going to hold any illusions that this book is smooth sailing all the way through, but I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would.
So what is this story about? Possibly entirely too much. For some reason having a solid main plot arc ...more
This blew that theory up completely, as it turns the dial to 11, bringing in sharp changes to the world that the author had outlined: (hint: we see some of the effects of th ...more
The second novel in the Asylum Tales series is better that the first. The story is tighter, the stakes are higher, and the action is more compelling. By the time I finished it I was ready for book 3! Over all a really fun read and well done.
Lot’s of spoilers!
(view spoiler)[The story opens a few months after the first book. Gage is on a job for the local dark elf mafia boss who blackmailed him in book one. This brings up a major proble ...more
Truth be told, there's not much to be said other than that. Jocelyn Drake has done a phenomenal job in creating a world that's what I can only best describe as "everyday supernatural". ;)
The characters are so well developed already, but discovering even more about them in this book was a great find. And like her last book Angel's Ink it very quickly becomes a book you just seemed compelled to read just one more page (only to find yourself having read another two chapte ...more
The Ivory Towers are finally moving to find Gage. What seems like each time he turns around, witches and fellow warlocks are at his doorstep (or in his house, his shop, in the sidewalk in front of him...) with all intents to kill him. There is also trouble brewing with Gideon - the towers want to replace him because he clearly isn't getting 'the job' done. Gid ...more
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.75
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
NOTE: I did originally get this from Edelweiss but did not download it in time for review. I purchased my own copies through Amazon/Audible.
First Thought when Finished: Dead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake was excellent! This series is now on my must buy as released list!
Story Thoughts: Oh Gage!You are the king of getting yourself tangled up in the mos ...more
I guess I am now a Jocelynn Drake fan. I really, really liked this book. I liked Angel’s Ink which filled in all the background information that I wanted when I read Asylum Interviews:Bronx. Both Trixie and Bronx can be read as stand alone stories without any problem. However I do recommend you read Angel’s Ink first. In this book, Gage, who is an ex-warlock, struggles with the Towers (Home of the Warlocks), his love, his loyalty and his conscience.
I particularl ...more
DEAD MAN’S DEAL continues to expand the excellent dark and gritty world of The Asylum Tales series with even more magic and mayhem. While there were moments that slogged due to necessary exposition the revelations about the world building and dangerous action kept me invested in the story.
In DEAD MAN’S DEAL more of Gage’s dark past as a student wizard in the Ivory Towers (which is basically Hogwarts) is revealed. His experiences are truly horrific and ...more
"A smart man would keep his mouth shut. I wasn't always a smart man."
Gage is easy to love. From his wicked sense of humor to skewed way of looking at things to his fierce need to defend what or ...more
I have fallen in love with The Asylum Tales, an urban fantasy with humor, action and great characters.
Gage is the owner of Asylum, a tattoo parlor in Low Town, a run-down part of the city where you keep your doors locked and rarely venture out at night. The three artists keep strange hours as the inhabitants of the area wander in for tattoos any time of night. Gage is trying to live a normal life even though he has the most powerful beings watching him. He is a strong warlock, who lef ...more
All Gage has ever wanted was to keep his head down and forget about his horrid past in the Towers. But the Towers do not easily forget a slight and have placed a restriction on his magic use. Problem is that magic is a very part of him, and he cannot so easily resist its seductive nature. His guardian has been fielding some of the interference from the Towers, but they are growing restless with Gage's continued freedom and are determined to ...more
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Trixie chuckled. "I appreciate their sacrifice.”