Series: The Asylum Tales #1
Narrator: Michael Urie
Published by HarperAudio on November 13th 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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 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 might just make it through this enchanted world alive.
Gage is yummy! I liked listening to a book from a male character’s POV.
Why I Listened
I’m trying to give male narrators another chance and decide to go Angel’s Ink since I liked the sample of Michael Urie’s narration. I enjoyed Urie’s voice for the main character, Gage. His reading and Cage voice reminded me a lot of Kiefer Sutherland but his voices for other characters had me laughing until I go use to them. Gideon sounded like he should be saying “I’m Batman” the way Christian Bale says it and his female voice for Trixie sounded like a stereotype of a gay guy. Then there was the voice for Brox, the troll. He sound like Sylvester Stallone. But as I got into the story the voices worked themselves out and I really came to enjoy the narration.
Wizards and witches run the world and humans and supes are scared of them.
Gage was taken from his family at the young age of 7 to be trained as a wizard to later drop out, which is unheard of. He’s been staying low by running his own tattoo parlor in Low Town. But it’s not any tattoo parlor, The Asylum is where you can get ink with a little something extra in it. Gage mixes potions into the ink and you can find yourself with a good luck charm or the cure for cancer. But that’s about all he is allowed to do with his magic, that and self defense. If he does anything more involved than that the wizards will bring him in front of their council and most likely kill him.
As much as Gage tries to stay away from the magic world he gets sucked back in and tries his best to keep himself and his friends safe.
Issue(s) I Had
I had no issues with Angel’s Ink. I loved it. It took me a few chapters to get into the narration but I did and I liked Urie voice for all the characters but Trixie.
For those that like a lot of action scenes in their UF you might be a little let down. There’s less action and more magic going on.
Will I Continue Series
YES! I already have the next book, Dead Man’s Deal on audio.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).