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Angel's Ink (The Asylum's Tales, -1) by Jocelynn Drake

Angel's Ink (The Asylum's Tales, #1) by Jocelynn Drake

Dead Man's Deal (The Asylum Tales,

Dead Man's Deal (The Asylum Tales, #2) by Jocelynn Drake

Asylum Tales series by Jocelynn Drake

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Urban Fantasy / Alternate History / PNR

Series Description or Overview Edit

Book One Blurb: Buyer beware... 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 his 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 Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price. No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment—execution—will be swift. Though he's tried to fly under the radar, Gage can't hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead-or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage just might make it through this enchanted world alive. ~ Angel's Ink (Asylum Tales, book 1) by Jocelynn Drake ~ FFe

Books in Series Edit

Asylum Tales series:

  1. Angel's Ink (2012)
  2. Dead Man's Deal (2013)
  3. (3.1). "Demon's Fury" (2014)

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

  • Bound to me: An original Dark Days story (Dark Days series #7) (ISFdb)
  • 0.5. "Asylum Interviews: Bronx" (2012) (100 pages)
  • 0.6. "Asylum Interviews: Trixie" (2012) (100 pages)
  • 1.5. "Of Monsters and Men" in Blood by Moonlight (2012)
  • 3.1. "Demon's Fury" (2014)
  • 3.2. "Demon's Vow" (2014)
  • 3.3. "Inner Demon" (2014)

World Building Edit

Setting Edit

Low Town: an alternate Cincinnati

Places:

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Witches, warlocks, wizards, magic tattoos, elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, vampires, shape shifters, Supe drugs, , , , ,

Glossary: Edit

  • Fix: high-end drug, one of the few potent enough to affect the larger creatures such as trolls, ogres, and minotaurs....A few dealers had found a way to mix it with cocaine so that humans could use it.
  • Lorialets: AKA as Lunatics - Moon gazers, dreamers, poets, musicians, seers of past and future
  • Svartalfar: dark elf
  • Ivory Towers: gleaming towers that stretch above the clouds, made of white marble and granite—warlocks and witches live in them, being at the top of the Supe power chain

Groups & Organizations:Edit

World Edit

✥ Set in what appears to be an alternate Cincinnati that is now called Low Town, this world teems with supernaturals, including witches, warlocks, trolls, elves, vampires, shape shifters and more. Most of the action takes place on mortal Earth, but the realm of the underworld is accessible to supernaturals who have the right connections.

At the top of the supernatural power structure are the warlocks and witches, who live in the Ivory Towers. "Each continent was dotted with gleaming towers made of white marble and granite that stretched above the clouds. These were the elusive Ivory Towers, their exact locations known only to the witches and warlocks who lived in them." (Angel's Ink, p. 6)

At the bottom of the social structure are the humans, who coexist with the supernaturals as best they can. Humans do business with supernatural merchants and service providers, and some get mixed up in illegal activities involving supernaturals. One of those law-breaking activities is the use and distribution of Fix, "a high-end drug, one of the few potent enough to affect the larger creatures such as trolls, ogres, and minotaurs....A few dealers had found a way to mix it with cocaine so that humans could use it." (Angel's Ink, p. 11)

The witches and warlocks came to power after the Great War, which took place in the mid-1800s when the witches and warlocks tried to subjugate the human race and all of the supernatural races. Here is a quotation from one of Drake's web-site "extras" that explains what happened: "Not only did [the witches and warlocks] want the total subjugation of the races, but they needed to insure a new generation wasn’t being born that might be sympathetic to the cause of the non-magic folk. As a result, thousands of children between the ages of seven and twelve were killed over the next five years. Any child that exhibited even a glimmer of magical aptitude was hunted down and slaughtered. After five years of failing to protect their children, the human race was the second (behind the elves) to sign a treaty with the warlocks and witches, establishing a tense peace and a new ruling system that left ultimate power in the hands of the warlocks and witches. The other races soon fell in behind the humans, officially ending the Great War on December 21, 1877." At this point in time, everyone fears the warlocks and witches, and when one of them appears on the streets of Low Town, people run for their lives. ~ Fangfiction

Protagonist Edit

✥ The series hero is Gage Powell, a warlock-in-training who was so disgusted by the arrogance of the warlocks and witches that he escaped from the Ivory Tower. He was then expelled by the Ivory Tower Council and ordered to refrain from using magic, except for self-defense. As time passed, Gage's definition of "self-defense" broadened to the point that now he uses magic much more than he is allowed. Just to be sure that Gage doesn't go too far astray, the Council has assigned a Guardian to punish Gage when he crosses the magical line. That Guardian is Gage's nemesis, Gideon, who starts out as a bitter enemy but then becomes Gage's semi-ally and frenemy.

Gage makes his living running a tattoo parlor called Asylum, where he mixes magical elements into the inks that he custom blends for his customers. In his heavily warded basement, he hoards a secret collection of powerful and illegal herbs and artifacts that he rarely uses for fear of detection by Gideon and the Council. ~ Fangfiction

  • More on Author's site: Extras

Sidekick Edit

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Characters Chart Edit

Characters What About
Gage Powell warlock-in-training escaped from the Ivory Tower; ordered to refrain from using magic; runs a tattoo parlor called Asylum; real name Jason Stephen Grant
Gideon Toussaint Warlock, Guardian Gage's nemesis turned semi-ally and frenemy; Council guardian. Secretly married.
Trixie (Rowena) elf living disguised as a human while in hiding from the Summer Court. Tattoo artist. Gage's girlfriend
Bronx Troll Tattoo artist
Sofie Witch was cursed and now lives as a Russian Blue cat. Lives with Trixie.
Robert Grant Gage's older brother Works for Reave
Reave Svartalfar or dark elf Mafia boss
Chang Black market dealer
Gaia Mother Nature
Arianna Elf Queen of the Summer Court
Eldon Summer Court elf Trixie's brother. Part of the King's Royal Guard
Freddie "the Moose" Bukowski Works for Reave
Jack Alpha werewolf Works for Reave. Turned into a Chihauhau by Gage for a brief period
Dave Werewolf
Neil Wilson Warlock
William Rosenblum Warlock
George Grower of Asian Moon Lilies
Demoiselle Noire de Gruchy Fey seduces men and, when she's tired of them, she turns them into plants or animals
Lori Lorialet Trixie's former teacher
Holly Gaia's maid
Rocky Old Man lives with Gaia
Brook Young woman currently living with Gaia
Ox Young man lives with Gaia
Skye Young woman currently living with Gaia
Squall Baby living with Gaia;
Lynnette Siren; Hostess Strausse Haus Restaurant and Bier Garden
Duff Hobgoblin
Étienne warlock 17 year old warlock who ran away from the Towers.
Paola Young witch ran away from the Towers
Anthony, "Tony" Young warlock ran away from the Towers
Alice Young witch ran away from the Towers. James' sister.
James Young warlock ran away from the Towers. Alice's brother
Henry Fox Warlock Council member
Darius Courtland Warlock 'The Dandy'. Council member
Parker Banton Incubus Gage's friend
Rowena elf Trixie's real name
Jason Stephen Grant Gage's real name
Megan Grant Gage's younger sister "Meg" or "Meggie"; Teaches English and French in Romania
Simon Thorn Warlock Gage's mentor while he was at the Ivory Towers. Killed by Gage
Ellen Gideon's secret wife
Bridgette Gideon and Ellen's daughter
Atticus Sparks Gage's tattoo mentor
Victoria Tremaine Witch cursed Sofie
Bryce Young warlock Gage was forced to kill him by Simon Thorn
Lily Grant Gage's mother
Jonathan Grant Gage's father
Chad Lancaster Tattoo client he new identity that Gage gives Robert.

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Author Edit

Jocelynn Drake

Bio: The oldest of three kids, Jocelynn grew up and continues to reside in the Cincinnati, Ohio region. She started writing when she was 12, spending all of one summer re-writing the story of Robin Hood in the battered remains of a notebook. While life has brought many changes and surprises, the love of writing and a good story has been a constant. When not writing (which isn't too often), she can be found with her nose buried in a good book, wandering through the woods with her camera cradled protectively against her body, traveling to interesting locations, or relaxing with her family, who have also remained in the Cincinnati area. ~ Nightwalker (Dark Days, book 1) by Jocelynn Drake

Cover ArtistEdit

Artist: Don Sipley

Publishing InformationEdit

Book Cover Blurbs  Edit

BOOK ONE—Angel's Ink (2012): 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 his 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 Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price. No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment —execution—will be swift. Though he's tried to fly under the radar, Gage can't hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead-or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage just might make it through this enchanted world alive. ~ Goodreads | Angel's Ink (The Asylum's Tales, #1) by Jocelynn Drake

BOOK TWO—Dead Man's Deal (2013): The dark and dangerous follow-up that continues the adventures of a magical tattoo artist begun in Angel's Ink. 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, he knows the right symbol and the right mix of ingredients and ink to achieve your heart's desire. One tattoo is all it takes. But remember, everything has its price. Gage learned that lesson long ago, in ways he'd rather not remember. But the cruel and powerful wizards in the dreaded Ivory Towers he escaped aren't about to let him forget. Though Gage has managed to stay out of sight, he can't outrun the past forever. The wizards know Gage is using forbidden magic, and they intend to punish him for his transgressions. Too bad if innocent humans and monsters-entire cities-get in the way. They will quell a nascent magical uprising and Gage will be the sacrifice they need. First, though, they have to find him. ~ Goodreads | Dead Man's Deal (The Asylum Tales, #2) by Jocelynn Drake

BOOK #3.1—Demon's Fury (): Jocelynn Drake continues her successful urban fantasy series, Asylum Tales, with Demon’s Fury, set in a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires walk free among humanity. Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters – but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis Gideon to stop an unknown entity who is using old magic to commit gruesome murders. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who might be targeting tattoo artists. ~ Goodreads | Demon's Fury (The Asylum Tales #3.1)

First Sentences Edit

  1. Angel's Ink (2012) — The hammer of a gun clicked as it was cocked.
  2. Dead Man's Deal (2013) — They were killing pixies.
  3. BOOK #3.1—Demon's Fury ()  I looked like a fucking banker.

Quotes Edit

“Look, if you're going to suck all the fun out of this, you can stay here." "I'm trying to be sensible. I'm not sucking the fun out." "Oh, I definitely feel some suckage going on.” — Gage and Trixie
“How can you be so smart and so stupid at the same time?" "I lose ten IQ points anytime we're in the same room.” — Trixie and Gage
“Just because it's inconvenient doesn't stop it from being the truth.” — Chang

Trivia Edit

Awards Edit

Read Alikes (similar elements) Edit

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Notes Edit

See Also Edit

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