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.
First Date: DEMON’S FURY (The Asylum Tales #3.1)
I don’t usually go for serials, even ones that are just three 100-page installments. However, after the last book, DEAD MAN’S DEAL, left Gage at a really low point, I couldn’t just leave the poor boy hanging. I mean, what kind of person does that? I’m too much of a nice girl to do that (no, really. Stop laughing.) Despite his angst about protecting his friends from the nutters in the Towers, Gage sets out to solve the mystery of a pile of murders in his city targeting not only his people but women and children. Reluctant hero to the rescue! *fans self*
Second Date: DEMON’S VOW (The Asylum Tales #3.2)
Picking up right where Part I left off, Part II does nothing but add tension to an already on-the-edge, dark story (this is a good thing), though there are some humorous bits to lighten the darkness. The author is truly an expert at dropping just enough hints to make you think you’re going to be able to figure things out and yet…no. So sorry. More murders does mean more clues (is that a positive?), and Gage discovers that the murders are connected in unexpected ways. We also learn a bit more about Gideon, an intriguing character on his own, and his connection to Gage (besides them both being warlocks). By the end, I had the burning desire to take Gage out and get him rip-roaring drunk. The poor guy. Life is just not easy for him — and it looks like it might never be.
Third Date: INNER DEMON (The Asylum Tales #3.3)
Can someone please remind Gage that no good comes from treating with demons? Ever? They may promise you good times and warm puppies when really, all they want to do is suck you dry then toss you like a used condom. And that girlfriend of Gage’s…grr. I’ve never really liked Trixie. Just too much of a sad-little-waif-needs-rescue vibe from her and, being a hero (albeit reluctant), Gage just can’t pass her up (of course, she’s a hottie which does make it more difficult to resist). But she really fails the man when he needs her and I say, dump her, dude. She’s no good for you. Okay, relationship drama aside, the mystery was spot-on. I’ll admit I’m no Veronica Mars (well, except for the accusing everyone around the MC before finally landing on the correct bad dude) but I had no idea. Well played, Ms. Drake. Well played.
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