Series: The Asylum Tales

Audio Review: Dead Man’s Deal by Jocelynn Drake

Posted July 12, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Audio Review: Dead Man’s Deal by Jocelynn DrakeDead Man's Deal by Jocelynn Drake
Series: The Asylum Tales #2
Narrator: Michael Urie
Published by HarperAudio on May 7th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Gift

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 . . .


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First Thought:
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 the glorified thug on his back too.

Then there’s Trixie’s pass that comes to town and the Elves’ of the Summer Court is threatening to take Trixie back home so she can be the King’s baby maker.

Gage is doing is best to run his tattoo shop, The Asylum, keep himself alive and protecting his loved ones. All while trying to solve the Elves’ of the Summer Court’s baby making problem. It’s just another Tuesday, what could go wrong?

Gage really steps up his game in the magic using way. He already owes one year of his life because he killed someone with magic in the last book. How many years can he rack up?

Issue(s) I had:
NONE! I’m loving this world and these characters.

The Narration:
It took me a little while to get into Urie’s narration of the first book, Angel’s Ink. But now I can’t see anyone else doing the narration. He does a great job with pinch, timing and he is Gage! I still wish he would do something a little different with Trixie’s voice but she is the only character that’s not perfect IMO.

Final Thought(s):
I’ve really enjoyed seeing a story through Gage’s POV. I’m going to seek out more UF series with male main characters. I think I’ll revisit the Sandman Slim series and give Harry Dresden a go while I want for the next book in The Asylum Tales series by Drake.

Will I continue this series?
YES! I can’t wait for the next book.  Really, when’s the next one coming out? I know that Dead Man’s Deal was just release but I need more Gage!!

Looking for Recommendations
Do you guys have any favorite series with a male main character? Let me know in the comments.




About Jocelynn Drake

Jocelynn Drake, urban fantasy author of the New York Times bestselling Dark Days series, was born and raised in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio region. After gaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in the literature, she pursued a career in the financial industry, where she wrote articles and gave interviews regarding the stock market. When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found playing video games, watching movies, or hanging with her family. In 2012, she launched a new urban fantasy series entitled The Asylum Tales featuring a warlock tattoo artist. All her novels are published through HarperCollins.

Audio Review: Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake

Audio Review: Angel’s Ink by Jocelynn Drake

Posted July 3, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

First Thought 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 […]