Author: Jocelynn Drake
Series: Book One in the Asylum Series
Published By: Harper Voyager (Oct. 16, 2012)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 to 4 Stars!
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.
For some reason when I first got this one, I was under the impression that it was a YA urban fantasy read. And while it isn't a YA read it was a really fun interesting urban fantasy read told in the male point of view, something that I am really loving in books lately.
It is just nice to have a read not be your typical read. There really are very few reads out there right now told in the male POV, and while it is becoming more coming, the female POV is still very much dominate in books right now. So after I got over the initial shock of finding out this wasn't YA I loved that it was told in the male POV.
I have to say, I really liked Gage. He was a strong character. He didn't have all the answers for things and was still kind of working through his demons and finding where he stood in his world and yes, he did make some mistakes along the way but I couldn't help liking him for the nice compassionate person that he was. Especially giving his background of being raised as a warlock in the Ivy Towers, something that, in his world, are people to be feared and usually not very nice, in fact, they are usually hated and loathed.
He had some great friends, Trixie and Bronx and some more we get to meet a long the way. Some, he didn't even know were friends.
This was a fun read, my only real complaint was that the world wasn't fleshed out just a little bit more. We learn that there was a Great War that brought about the discovery of all the supernatural creatures out there, trolls, demons, witches, warlock, vamps, weres, shapeshifters, the fae, but we really don't get much more than that. What started the war, how long ago was it? How did the humans react? What is the world like with all these supernatural creatures running around?
I just wish that end of it would have been handled with a little more detail.
I liked getting to know Gage and his friends and I can see this being a fun series that I will definitely read more of as they are released.