Angel’s Ink

Jocelynn Drake
Jocelynn Drake. Harper Voyager, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-06-211786-1
Reviewed on: 08/13/2012
Paperback - 338 pages - 978-0-06-211785-4
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-06-226502-9
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-06-226501-2
Hardcover - 338 pages - 978-0-00-752526-3
Ebook - 400 pages - 978-0-00-752527-0
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Drake (the Dark Days vampire series) very ably spins a series launch about a tattoo artist with big secrets. This alternate universe contains evil warlocks and witches, tradition-bound elves, an ancient purveyor of equally ancient treasures both real and mystical, and plot twists designed to enchant. Gage fled the cruel Ivory Towers and life as a warlock to run his Asylum Tattoo Parlor, assisted by troll Bronx and elf Trixie. Those wanting some ink with a little magic sprinkled in come to Gage. The sadistic warlocks have forbidden Gage to use his magic on pain of death, so he keeps a low profile, but when he mixes a breathtakingly rare ingredient into a tattoo for a dying woman, he stirs up trouble that sends the plot caroming with ferocious intensity to a satisfying but open-ended conclusion. Agent: Jennifer Schober, Spencerhill Associates. (Oct.)
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