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Angel's Ink

(The Asylum Tales #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  3,435 ratings  ·  485 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
Jul 06, 2013 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
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
**3.5 stars**

Gage is a warlock in hiding, living his life as a tattoo artist, when pretty much everybody and his mother wants a piece of him. After a tattoo went wrong (or terribly right, depending on your POV), his former mentor tries to kill him and his friends are threatened, Gage decides that enough is enough.

I really liked Gage, the world, the magic system, the love interest and I found his (sort of) unrequited love super romantic (I so love this trope) and the sexytimes were hot!! (You sel
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 17, 2012 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 training
I LOVED this book. It was one of the better urban fantasy books I have read. Angel's Ink was right up there with Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson. I really liked that it was a male lead too. That gave this series a little something different to set it apart from the before mentioned books.

The characters were all so interesting in this book. I was pretty much instantly enthralled in their stories. I feel like I have only scratched the surface with all if them. I need more!!! I can tell you that
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
3.5 stars-
You may read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2012/10/...

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
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
Nov 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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
Terrible Timy
Actual rating: 3.5*
This review was originally posted on my blog, RockStarlit BookAsylum.

Probably not many people knows as I hardly ever review urban fantasy for the blog, but the genre has a special place in my heart. After all it was an UF series that really hooked me to fantasy and forced me to start to read in English for real. And now here we are.

Angel’s Ink had been sitting in my Audible library since December 2017, so I couldn’t say I was in a hurry to get to it. Audiobooks aren’t my main
Jun 06, 2012 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 to
Coucher de soleil
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: worst-of-2019
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Jen Davis
Jun 23, 2012 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
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 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)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

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
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the Angel’s Ink trilogy. It was an okay urban fantasy that seemed to pull lots of elements from urban fantasy series that have already been written. I thought the story was a bit scattered and that the characters were a bit underdeveloped. However, it was okay.

This story reminded me a lot of the Dresden Files. Gage is a warlock that has fallen out of favor with the Ivory Towers. He is trying to keep a low profile running a tattoo parlor. However, things get rough for hi
Jordan Lombard
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
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
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audiobook. The narrator was not good. The voices he used for other characters were awful with his voice for the character of Trixie being annoying and grating to listen to. Despite that, I enjoyed the novel quite a bit. The plot and basically everything about it is standard urban fantasy fare but being a fan of the sub-genre I had a good time with this one. It’s not going to set the fantasy world on fire but it’s entertaining and quickly paced and I knew what I wanted going ...more
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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
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
It was a fun supernatural read. If I came across the 2nd book in the series I'd read it. ...more
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
3.5 stars
I really loved the little prequel The Asylum Interviews: Bronx He is my favorite character and we just didn't get enough of him in this. I like Gage and Trixie and the dynamic between the three of them, tiptoeing around their secrets but still fiercely loyal. There was just a ton of stuff happening in this. Just issues on top of issues, bad guys after bad guys. It was a lot, anything that could go wrong for Gage, did. It was almost a little too much. I liked the storyline with Tera, eve
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/10/16/...

I’m always on the lookout for new UF books, and while I read one or two of Jocelyn’s previous series – Dark Days – it wasn’t a series that immediately hooked me like so many others. When I read the blurb for Angel’s Ink, I knew I’d have to take the chance on this one, and so glad I did!

Gage likes his quiet life of mixing potions and doing tattoos. He’s got a great shop, with two great employees, and mostly keeps below the rad
*Rating* 2.5-3
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


I really hate to be a hater, you know what I mean? I have NEVER abandoned a book in my life because I thought it was totally awful. Somehow, someway, I always find a way to get to the ending to find out what happened. Yes, that may include several page flips past the boring stuff.

I loved Drake's Dark Days series with Mira and Danaus and was sad to see it end. The world that she has created for Angel's Ink (Asylum Tales) is a bit bizarre and off the bea
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,
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 23, 2012 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
This one was just okay for me. It started out with a very intriguing premise and world building. I like the whole concept of magical tattoos and corrupt spell casters fun amok. Where the author lost me was in leaps in credulity followed by piling on. She just tried to make too much happen, and as a result, I think the book suffered for it.

The first big issue that kept repeating through my brain as I read was, wait, why is he hell bent on helping this chick that he just met? The one, by the way,
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New York Times Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake loves a good story, whether she is reading it or writing one of her own. Over the years, her stories have allowed her to explore space, talk to dragons, dodge bullets with assassins, hang with vampires, and fall in love again and again.

This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her husband. Recently, they’ve settled near

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